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Mesadorm 'Epicadus' tour, plus Martha Hill & George Boomsma

  • Cobalt Studios 10-16 Boyd Street Newcastle upon Tyne, England, NE2 1AP United Kingdom (map)

A very special gig perfect for a Sunday night.

“I’m absolutely addicted... really affecting and beautiful” - Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music talking about Mesadorm.

Beautiful left-field, art-rock songs from revered Bristol band , Mesadorm . Hard-hitting alt-pop with a social conscience from local hero Martha Hill (solo performance) and progressive folk from George Boomsma.

What to expect:


Mesadorm's emotive and skilled melding of the pastoral and synthetic is the result of a unique combination of experienced musicianship, diverse cultural tastes and the strong bonds of friendship, with songwriting firmly aimed at the space between the piercing domestic observations of Suzanne Vega and the elemental other-worldiness of Bjork, drawing on contemporary influences including Caribou, Grizzly Bear and Sylvan Esso as well as legendary female luminaries like Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush.

The emotional weight of 2018's debut album 'Heterogaster' has been felt by audiences nationwide as the band toured the record throughout the last 18 months, before turning their efforts to the more delicate yet equally affecting 'Epicadus'. Set for release in April 2019 on Babylegs Records accompanied by an acoustic U.K. tour, it illuminates the abilities of the band to wring universal sentiment from subtle acoustic arrangements: think of it as the subversive birdsong that follows 'Heterogaster's' epic downpour.

“Some of the most interesting music this year” - The Guardian
"A beautiful record” - Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

Martha Hill
Newcastle based Martha Hill writes hard-hitting alt-pop with a social conscience. Emerging musician Martha Hill grew up on a remote peninsular in Scotland. She was just 17 when she left her home travel Europe as a street musician. A talented multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, she settled in the North East and began to pen a series of pop songs that would transcend the streets, drawing on the influence of left-field artists such as Little Dragon and Sylvan Esso.

Not shy of hard work, Martha Hill has played multiple DIY tours to a growing fan-base across the UK and Europe, including supporting artists such as Mahalia, Maximo Park and Let’s Eat Grandma at venues like Borderline and The Sage.

Her self-released debut singles “Spiders” and “Wallflower” were championed by The Line Of Best Fit, BBC Radio 6 Music & Spotify Playlist amongst others. With her first two releases tackling issues such as mental health and social conformity, Hill is already getting a name for writing hard-hitting alt-pop with a social conscience.
George Boomsma is a progressive folk musician from Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

George Boomsma
George has the skill of making complex and clever songwriting sound blissfully simple, making every line feel like a fresh utterance from the ether, captivating the audience as they wait for the next sumptuous note. He has played alongside artists and bands such as Neill Maccoll, Kathryn Williams, The Travelling Band, Skinny Lister, Emma Langford and Martha Tilston. He has been played on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music and performed at Latitude Festival 2016 on the BBC Introducing stage.

‘Heartfelt writing, heart-stopping vocals and a perfectly poised performance’. - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music

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