Joyzine has teamed up with Louder Than War, Loud Women, God Is In The TV, The Zine UK, Benumu, Cro Cro Land and Sonic Tonic to create Balcony – an online music festival in aid of Musicians Against Homelessness.
The festival, named in tribute to the Italian musicians who have been singing from their windows through their Coronavirus lockdown, will feature exclusive live performances from some of our favourite artists, with each of the organisers selecting one act. The show will be streamed on each of the organisers’ websites and will be presented by Louise Schofield of BBC Sesh. It will be free to watch with the option of making a donation to Musicians Against Homelessness and to support the artists by purchasing releases and merch.
Full details and regular updates can be found here.
You can watch Balcony online at http://www.joyzine.org and the other participating blogs on Saturday 28th March from one o’clock pm.
> THE BANDS
Ariel Sharratt + Mathias Kom (The Burning Hell): https://www.wearetheburninghell.com/
Sharratt and Kom are best known as part of the Canadian garage-folk band The Burning Hell, which for the better part of a decade has been attracting a cult following in Europe and North America to their literate, darkly humorous songs and dynamic live shows. In 2016 Sharratt and Kom took a break from the band to release their first duo record, Don’t Believe The Hyperreal, which nodded to the classic musical duets of the 1960s and showcased a more intimate side of their songwriting and performance, including the underground hit “Fuck The Government, I Love You.” New album Never Work twists the sweetness and charm of duets into new shapes, moving away from romance to self-reflexively and sometimes caustically examine their own labour as musicians and the crumbling system of work and capital that continues to shape us all even as it abandons us.
Known for her distinctive soulful vocal tone, spiked with socially conscious lyrics and classic British songwriting, MIRI’s brand of rebel music has won fans across the globe over the last few years.
The Trusted: www.thetrusted.co.uk
Possessing an irresistible charm, an undeniable wit, and an infectious personality shining through their adventurous brand of youthful punked-up indie rock, The Trusted are both a refreshing tonic, and a barrage of fireworks rolled into one. Seamlessly switching from mellow, artfully constructed melodic thoughtfulness into wild, explosive moments of raucous brilliance, there’s a surprise around every corner within The Trusted’s music and songwriting, all executed with an undeniable measure of passion and grit.
Tugboat Captain: https://tugboatcaptain.bandcamp.com
London DIY indie pop quartet
Beija Flo: https://soundcloud.com/iambeijaflo
From a lovely room in a horrible house somewhere between Watford gap and the Land of Oz, Beija Flo is a calm kind of frenzy, fashioning songs for doomed lovers and don’t know why’s.
With bitter lust, the love lost, dream boat lah-di-dah in a jam jar. Tearjerker and easy to talk to. Naturally, Beija Flo.
TIGER MIMIC: www.tigermimic.com
TIGER MIMIC is a London based band with a sound that ranges from bitcrushed anthems to sinister bass grooves to rapid-fire rock poetry and more.
Jean Genie’s Massive Hugs: https://soundcloud.com/jeangeniesmassivehugs
Jean Genie Graham is a singer song writer who is well known for her MASSIVE HUGS and for promoting acts via her radio shows and ‘Panda Power!’ live events. Often accompanied live and on record by Lee Ho San 李 湖 山 (Violin/piano) & Jonny Haze (bass); a mixture of folk indie, blues, rock and dream inspired music, all of her original songs vary in energy and mood, captivating listeners and whisking them away, whilst spinning her stories in song.
Happy Science: https://smarturl.it/AnIntroTo
Happy Science bring us a dose of eccentric fuzz filled alt pop in this melting pop of creative invention, interwoven with spoken word and an idyllic vision of happiness.
Martha Makes Mistakes: https://www.facebook.com/MarthaMakesMistakes/
Martha is a good country folk/jazz girl turned bad!! Taking influences
from a mixed bag of artists including Emmy Lou Harris, Fiona Apple,
Blondie and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Martha brings her own brand of post punk/rock/folk/jazz to the masses!!
> THE CHARITY: www.musiciansagainsthomelessness.net
Musicians Against Homelessness put on 100s of gigs & festivals across the UK. We source opportunities and spaces for up-coming talent to play and raise money for homelessness services.
> THE ORGANISERS
Joyzine is a veteran independent music & culture blog. Always ad-free and run by volunteers, we’ve been doing it for the love since 2003.
We believe in the power of Rock n Roll. Louderthanwar is a music and counter culture website and record label. Launched in 2010 www.louderthanwar.com brings you all the latest music news, reviews and interviews as well as covering counter culture film, TV and art.
LOUD WOMEN is a DIY collective that champions women in music by hosting live events that are fun, friendly, and frickin awesome.
Because we are free of commercial constraints we feel that God Is In The TV Zine. can be a voice for acts that are often ignored or under appreciated in the mainstream media. Our core ethos is about giving music fans, writers and bands an independent platform, regardless of genre, position or hype.
Gigslutz was launched in March 2013 off the back of an idea by two friends. Their passion for music has seen recognition and exclusives granted from major artists including The Specials, The Charlatans and New Order, as well as exclusives in NME, Uncut and blog of the week in the Guardian.
The Zine UK: The ArtBeat of Uniqulture fusing the stage style of music and the passion of DIY into new trans media futures. LABOURS of LOVE, and good times.
Benumu: Our mission is to support, showcase and celebrate live music!
Supporting new, unsigned and established bands, musicians, DJs, songwriters, music venues. We host regular events across the UK, showcasing new emerging, established artists and provide a platform to have all of your content in one place!
Crocroland: A new multi-stage South London music festival established in the centre of Croydon in 2019, presented by The Croydonist.
Sonic Tonic are South London gig promoters of independent bands that we feel deserve wider exposure.
Quarantini – Live Virtual Bar: We’ll provide the tunes and banter, all you need to do is BYOB (alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks welcome) and be ready for a good ol’ paaaarttyyyy!!! Who said we need to be socially isolated, lets drink and be merry and keep them spirits up (so to speak!!) xxx