Balcony Festival #3 – Streaming on Joyzine on Saturday 25th April in Aid of Refuge

Following the success of our first two online festivals, which saw exclusive sessions recorded by artists in lockdown raise more than £2,500 for NHS Charities Together and Musicians Against Homelessness, we’re delighted to announce the line-up for our third event which will stream on Joyzine and our partner blogs from 1pm on Saturday 25th April.

This time the festival will be raising money for Refuge, the UK’s largest single provider of specialist accommodation and support to women and children escaping domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse. The show will be free to view via Joyzine and a number of established independent UK blogs who have collaborated to create this event. Viewers are encouraged to make a donation to the charity if they can afford to do so.

Named for the Italian musicians who sang from their windows during the early days of the lockdown, Balcony will be presented by Louise Schofield (BBC Sesh).  The festival will include exclusive live performances by bands and artists selected by Joyzine, Louderthanwar, LOUD WOMEN, God Is In The TV Zine., GigSlutz, The Zine UK, Benumu, Crocroland, Sonic Tonic, The Bechdel Sound Test and Quarantini – Live Virtual Bar.

Keep up to date with Balcony news & stage times here.

The Line-Up

ALESSI’S ARK on The Gigslutz Stage
Alessi’s Ark is a London based musical project by Alessi Laurent-Marke and Jason Santos. Alongside their music, the pair also create carpentry and paintings. /

SALVATION JAYNE on The Benumu Stage
Having exploded onto the scene in 2017, Salvation Jayne have carved themselves a reputation for their white-hot, hook-laden explosive fuzzy riffs and glossy dream pop undertones. The bands self-released singles have received support from the likes of BBC Introducing, Kerrang Radio, Amazing Radio and dozens more stations in the UK and abroad. /

CHEMTRAILS on The Sonic Tonic Stage
Garage rock outfit Chemtrails release album number two The Peculiar Smell of the Inevitable via PNK SLM recordings on 15th May. /

THE SEAMONSTERS on The Bechdel Sound Test Stage
An indie pop band from Sheffield, driven by ethereal vocals and 80s inspired synths. Inspired by the likes of Pulp, Altered Images and Orange Juice. /

BUGEYE on The CroCroLand STage
Bugeye are an electrical storm of buzz saw guitar, disco beats and 80s synths – music activist that create tunes laced with hooks and beats to make you dance. They are a regulars on Radio X, Amazing Radio, BBC 6 Music, and stations across the globe. / /

PINEY GIR on The Joyzine Stage
Transatlantic pop chameleon Piney Gir released her sixth album, ‘You Are Here’ last year – an intoxicating mix of swirling psych and bitter-sweet dream pop. / /

LILITH AI on The Loud Women Stage
Lilith Ai is a guitarist, who writes and performs poignant tales of modern life. Hailing from nowhere special, Lilith began releasing lo-fi bedroom recordings in 2016. Her first EP RIOT is full of underground anthems popular with Riot grrrls word wide. Her second EP Native Tongue chronicles her teen years, spent living on the streets of Queens New York. 2019 saw the release of 3rd EP Bare Radical with evolving sounds. Lilith’s artfully delivered songs fit somewhere between indie pop and anti-folk. Lilith will be releasing a new song every month in 2020. / /

THE NOVUS on The Zine UK Stage
Art-Punk band – The Novus are their own breed of excitement.  The 3 lads, henchmen: Guardians of their own music. Hard hitting drums pave the way for the revolution as they push against the walls with their guitars, making 2 sound like 12 in the smallest of rooms or the greatest of stadiums – creating a wall of encapsulating sound.  Fronted by ringleader, Connor, who has the ability to to captivate any audience, forcing them to explode with his infectious energy. When he isn’t jumping round like a maniac he’s holding his haunting gaze over the crowd, almost indoctrinating them, spitting his lyrics like the gospel. /

Drawing from the same waters as Hildur Guðnadóttir, Nadine Shah, Ennio Morricone, Scott Walker, Tindersticks, Suicide, Philip Glass, Dirty Three and John Coltrane, the band bring a unique and occasionally unhinged presence to any venue. /

Nick Torry was born and bred in South-East London. He has been part of the New Cross based punk scene since his early teens, playing drums in ska punk outfit Colonel Mustard and guitars in the melodic hardcore band Junior Asthma Club. On moving to Manchester in 2005 he embarked on this exciting acoustic solo project, which attempts to fuse the best bits of his eclectic plethora of musical influences. He was joined at the beginning of 2008 by a small group of accompanying musicians to play some top shows around the Manchester scene but has now carried his Little Big Noise back to London where he is at present running solo. /


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