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Listings for June 17th, 2016

APPEARING ON Friday, June 17th, 2016

Chester Live – Campfire Social/Peaness

Free admission before 9pm, £4 thereafter


Llangollen / Chester-based 5 piece, Campfire Social, are a refuge from the wild woods all around. Their incandescent, melodic songs take the intimate heartbreak of Elliott Smith and embellish with golden harmonies borrowed from The Beach Boys. They’re the soundtrack to a touching and woozily nostalgic indie film, something by Jason Reitman or Lenny Abrahamson, as filmed in golden tones on the England / northeast Wales borders. Campfire Social grew out of the ashes of the very highly regarded, and lamented, Shy & the Fight (Radio 1, 6Music airplay; multiple festival appearances; debut single on Popty Ping Records). Tom was that band’s chief songwriter. Campfire Social is an uplifting and incredibly beguiling refinement of his talents. Tom sums his songwriting philosophy up in typically unshowy fashion: “it’s about taking a personal subject that I think everyone can relate to and giving it life by adding a hopeful melody.” If the shadows and monsters are getting to you, Campfire Social are a sanctuary of warmest humanity and crackling, luminous melancholy. The kind of melancholy that makes the heart flutter and take flight. Come and sit next to them. There’s plenty of room for everyone.

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Three piece indie-pop band Peaness formed in Chester, England in late 2014. The debut EP “No Fun” was released Aug 20th 2015 and is available online now. They have been featured on BBC Introducing with their singles “Fortune Favours The Bold” and “Summer Song” as well as the BBC Introducing show on BBC 6 Music with “I’m Not Your Problem”. They played a sold out show at this years Swn Festival, Cardiff and are already booked to play a number of independent music festivals across the country in 2016. They will also be heading back to the studio at the end of the year.