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Listings for March 3rd, 2012

APPEARING ON Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Ellen And The Escapades

with Support JOE BANFI

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

It’s been a busy year for Leeds-based quintet Ellen and the Escapades. Blending elements of folk, pop and rock, the band’s distinctive and unabashedly appealing sound seems to have everyone talking. After winning last year’s Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition and playing BBC Introducing stages at both Reading and Leeds Festivals, the band have gone from strength to strength.

Ellen’s dusky, enchanting vocals and strikingly well-crafted songs have already captured the attention of BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio. Fans include Lauren Laverne and Steve Lamacq, and the band have already been playlisted for ten weeks on Amazing Radio. Supporting the likes of Josh T. Pearson, First Aid Kit and Paolo Nutini has brought the band’s music to even bigger audiences all over the country.

Summer 2011 saw an abundant string of festival appearances for Ellen and co, including major festivals Glastonbury, Bestival and Green Man, and a range of smaller boutique festivals such as 2000 Trees, Lounge On The Farm and Winterwell. Their Green Man appearance on one of the festival’s biggest stages attracted a full capacity crowd and resulted in unprecedented press attention, including hugely complimentary reviews from Clash Magazine and The Line of Best Fit.

Latest single ‘When The Tide Creeps In’ hit the top spot in both the Amazon Folk and Amazon Rock Charts during its release week. The song is taken from the band’s debut album, which is set for release in spring 2012.


“Ellen Smith’s captivating vocals are the highlight in a fantastically catchy collection of songs that tread a line between folk, pop and rock, with plenty of harmonica thrown in for good measure…. these guys are definitely one to watch.”
Clash Magazine

“…enormously catchy songs. They would fit nicely into the music collections of the 400,000 Brits who’ve bought Mumford & Sons’ album…could easily fall head over heels for their warm, literate songs.”
The Guardian

“…stunning set from Ellen and the Escapades, practically dripping with poppy modern folk credibility, and Ellen Smith’s admirable vocals were some of the best I heard all weekend.”
The Line of Best Fit


Joe Banfi hails from Chester. He is a young singer-songwriter who is known for combining sounds from the likes of Nick Drake and early Dylan with with the darker tones of the grunge/rock scene – think of Five Leaves Left with White Pony poured all over it. Joe recently recorderd with Communion Records and is on track for big things this year. Keep an ear out!

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