HMV Next Big Thing 2011 Festival of Live Music

The HMV Next Big Thing has now signed over 100 new artists for its February 2011 shows across the UK.
HMV Next Big Thing Festival of Live Music

HMV‘s festival-season-opener and live music showcase for emerging and breakthrough musicians – the HMV Next Big Thing has now signed over 100 new artists for its February 2011 shows, with more names to be announced early in the new year.

The acts, which cover a wide range of music genres, will make up the bill at over 40 gigs to be staged at six HMV-owned MAMA venues in LondonThe Borderline, the Jazz Café, The Relentless Garage, Upstairs at the Relentless Garage, Heaven and the Camden Barfly as well as, for the first time, outside of the Capital at Birmingham‘s HMV Institute and at the HMV Picture House in Edinburgh.

The aim of the festival, which follows soon after the BBC announces its annual Sounds Poll winners, is to give music fans and gig-goers an early and affordable opportunity to see many of the new faces tipped for breakthrough success that they will have been hearing so much about.  Tickets to any of the gigs are priced at just £10, and have been selling fast since they went on sale earlier this month, with shows by BRITs Critics Choice winner Jessie J, Fenech-Soler, Futures and Caitlin Rose already sold out.

The HMV Next Big Thing 2011 is presented in association with Ted Baker – an enthusiastic supporter of new and cutting-edge talent, who will additionally host The Inbetweeners star James Buckley and his Common People at the Relentless Garage on February 4th to help kick off the festival, and Gaymers cider, who will host a number of the gigs and dance nights across the ten-day festival, including Caitlin Rose at the Camden Barfly, Jon Fratelli at the HMV Picture House and the Deconstruction label night at Heaven.

Billed as Gaymers Hotspots, these nights will look to showcase the very best in breakthrough talent. The festival’s media partners are Time Out and Xfm – and the nation’s favourite broadcaster of Indie music will also stage a New Music Award night featuring Wolf Gang as part of the festival.

The HMV Next Big Thing first launched in February 2010 – heralding the arrival of a number of new talents, including Ellie Goulding, Professor Green, Marina and the Diamonds, Paloma Faith, Eliza Doolittle and You Me At Six, who have all gone on to establish themselves in a big way following acclaimed debut albums.

Such has been the impact of the hmv Next Big Thing with fans and artists alike that this exciting new live brand will now also host a stage for new artists at The Great Escape 2011 festival in Brighton next May.  The HMV Next Big Thing festival will additionally be recorded for broadcast as exclusive added-value content for the entertainment retailer’s, and purehmv offers – tying-in as ‘bundle’ deals with record labels to support future album releases by the featured new artists.

Marina Diamandis of Marina & the Diamonds, who opened the first HMV Next Big Thing festival in February 2010 with a great performance at the Relentless Garage, commented: “HMV have provided a brilliant way for the public to see artists who are hopefully on the tip of something great, in an intimate setting very early on in their careers. It’s also great for the artists, as it provides a platform to perform to a new range of fans, who will have never heard of them before, let alone seen them live.”

HMV Next Big Thing 2011 line-up

The Borderline
Friday, 4th Feb – James Blake (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, 5th Feb – Transgressive Records presents Gaggle + Dry The River + Marques Toliver + Transgressive DJs

Monday, 7th Feb – Alice Gold + Yellow Wire + Carmen Townsend (Gaymers Hotspot)

Tuesday, 8th Feb – Lauren Pritchard + Gabrielle Alpin  + Natalie McCool

Wednesday, 9th Feb – XFM New Music Award night featuring: Wolf Gang + tbc + Luna Belle

Thursday 10th Feb – Communion night featuring Marcus Foster + Andrew Davie + Pete Roe + Daughter

Friday 11th Feb – Clare Maguire + Saint Saviour + Murray James

Sunday, 13th Feb – Funeral For A Friend + The Blackout + Canterbury (SOLD OUT)

Jazz Café
Friday, 4th Feb – Skepta + Talay Riley

Saturday, 5th Feb – Mighty Mouse curate “A Disco Circus”

Monday, 7th Feb – Monarchy

Tuesday, 8th Feb – The Pierces + Jonathan Jeremiah + Liam Bailey

Wednesday, 9th Feb – Josh Weller + Rose Elinor Dougall (acoustic set) + Mike Marlin

Thursday 10th Feb – James Rhodes

Friday 11th Feb – Wretch 32 + Yasmin + Jodie Connor

Saturday, 12th Feb – Sivert Hoyem

Sunday, 13th Feb – Sarah Blasko + Caro Emerald co-headline show  + Andy Smith (Portishead) DJ Set

The Relentless Garage
Friday, 4th Feb – James Buckley’s Common People presents: Pete & The Pirates + The Heartbreaks + States Of Emotion (Ted Baker Night)

Monday, 7th Feb – Chipmunk

Tuesday, 8th Feb – Little Dragon + Yoav + Stateless

Wednesday, 9th Feb – PIAS Presents: Young Knives + The Chapman Family

Thursday, 10th Feb – Bashy

Upstairs at the Relentless Garage
Friday, 4th Feb – Blow Up Night featuring Bongolian + Silvery + Baltic Fleet – followed by Blow Up club night with DJs Paul Tunkin and Ian Jackson – free entry to all gig ticket holders

Saturday, 5th Feb – Fenech-Soler + Mirrors + Is Tropical (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, 6th Feb – Sunday Girl

Monday, 7th Feb – Memphis Industries Night ft. Dutch Uncles + Phoenix Foundation + Banjo Or Freakout

Tuesday, 8th Feb – The Mummers + Family of the Year + Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Wednesday, 9th Feb – Spark + Ed Drewett + Heart Kill Giant

Thursday 10th Feb – Moshi Moshi Night ft. James Yuill + CocknBullKid + Trophy Wife + Visions of Trees

Friday 11th Feb – Mute Records Night featuring S.C.U.M

Saturday, 12th Feb – Communion ft. Matthew & The Atlas+ Treetop Flyers + Matt Corby + Rachel Sermanni

Sunday, 13th Feb – Pete Lawrie + Leah Mason + The Roads

Wednesday, 9th Feb – Deconstruction Night ft. Diagram of the Heart (live) + Retro/Grade (live and DJ set) + Babydrum (live DJ set) + Burns (DJ set) + Mike Pickering (DJ set) plus special guests (Gaymers Hotspot)

Thursday 10th Feb – The Airborne Toxic Event + Sissy And The Blisters + Morning Parade

Camden Barfly
Friday, 4th Feb – Anna Calvi + Sparrow And The Workshop + Paper Crows

Saturday, 5th Feb – The Milk + plus special guests 12 Dirty Bullets + Hedoniacs (Gaymers Hotspot)

Sunday, 6th Feb – Jessie J (acoustic set) + Alex Clare (SOLD OUT)

Monday, 7th Feb – Kassidy + Young The Giant + Kill It Kid

Tuesday, 8th Feb – The Japanese Popstars + Penguin Prison + Kid Adrift + Cassette Jam

Wednesday, 9th Feb – Katzenjammer + CW Stoneking + Lucinda Belle

Thursday 10th Feb – Futures (SOLD OUT)

Friday 11th Feb – Caitlin Rose + Nathaniel Rateliff  + Delta Maid (Gaymers Hotspot) (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, 12th Feb – Rival Sons + Vintage trouble + Sons of Icarus (formerly The Fury)

Sunday, 13th Feb –  Funeral Party

HMV Birmingham Institute (Temple Room)
Tuesday, 8th Feb – Kassidy + Carmen Townsend  (Gaymers Hotspot)

HMV Picture House Edinburgh

Saturday, 12th Feb – Jon Fratelli + Morning Parade  (Gaymers Hotspot)

Feargal Sharkey, Chief Executive of UK Music reaffirms his support for the hmv Next Big Thing:  “This is proving a fantastic initiative from HMV and MAMA Group. The music industry continues to evolve and embrace all manner of exciting changes, but it will always, and should always, be rooted in discovery and investment in the careers of new artists, composers and musicians.  Next Big Thing acknowledges this and offers a great platform for a new generation to play some of London’s best live music venues.”



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