ICM Awards 2021: Best Music Video nominees

There was a strong list of contenders which we have narrowed down to a top five to share with you. Find out the results of our 5th annual awards ceremony on Saturday, December 18th from 7pm. Returning for its third year we have just announced our Best Music video Nominees for 2021. Orla Gartland – ‘Zombie’ 2. 1. Spinn – ‘People Should Know Better’ Lorde – ‘Solar Power’ 3. Connie Constance – ‘Kids Like Us’ 5. Michael Aldag – ‘Ghosted’ 4. Alex Pearson

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ICM Awards 2021: Best Live Performance nominees

Here at ICM, we’re all about giving the spotlight to the artists that we think you should be listening too and in the past five years, we’ve given the likes of Tom Grennan, Tom Walker, Sundara Karma and Lauran Hibberd the chance to shine on our platform and they’ve gone on to be some of the most successful artists the UK has to offer. Bang Bang Romeo at Golden Touch Festival 4. Deco at Radio 1’s Big Weekend 5. The ICM Awards have returned for their 5th year after another game-changing year of incredible Indie music. Little Comets at The Met Lounge 3. The Snuts at 110 Above Festival 2.… Read More

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ICM Awards 2021: Best International Act nominees

1. Moving our spotlight away from homegrown talent, we focus our attention on the Best International Act Nominees for 2021. Share Check them out below. COIN 3. Find out the results of our 5th annual awards ceremony on Saturday, December 18th from 7pm. Kenny Elrod 4. Somebody’s Child 5. Inhaler 2. Banji Find out the results of our 5th annual awards ceremony on Saturday, December 18th from 7pm. There has been so many great artists appearing over the past 12 months but there can only be five! Alex Pearson

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ICM Awards 2021: Greatest Discovery nominees

This year is our 5th year hosting the ICM Awards which has seen so many indie and alternative acts breakthrough the ranks and catch our eye; most of which you can read in our discover section on the website. Remember, every day in January you can discover someone new. Yard Act 2. Kynsy Find out the results of our 5th annual awards ceremony on Saturday, December 18th from 7pm. Share Seb Lowe 3. Wet Leg 4. English Teacher 5. As we could only pick five, some artists that might have missed our list could be seen in our Ones To Watch 2021. So without further ado here are our ICM… Read More

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abridged. issue 1 is out now!

Don’t worry, the website won’t be going anywhere, plus you’ll still receive the same high-quality music journalism all for free. Over the past two months, we have been busy working away to give you abridged. To enjoy the full experience even more, why not listen along to our playlist designed especially for this issue. Plus there is lots more from other cool creatives, so check them out too! Ever since I started ICM, more than seven years ago, I always dreamed of turning my concept into a magazine, and although it may have been a slog, I couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve achieved.  Click here to read for free.… Read More

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Friday’s Finest with It’s All Indie, Nexus Music Blog and Dead Good Music

Alex Pearson Producing their most enchanting sound yet. To have it written about the strength of friendships too – it just makes perfect sense. ICM: The Lutras – ‘Waiting All Night’ Returning with blistering new single ‘Waiting All Night’, The Lutras are back on top form.  From the pub circuit to sold-out music venues, the Scottish four-piece have grown from strength to strength who are now gearing up for their debut album.  ‘Waiting All Night’ is an anthemic and melodic track about encompassing the feeling of wanting to make someone happy although being in the position that you can’t necessarily do that.  Written by frontman, Ben Clements, his raspy and… Read More

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Lauran Hibberd announces Virgin Music deal with new single ‘Charlie’s Car’

Alex Pearson Lauran Hibberd and her sensational rise to fame continue as she announces signing to Virgin Music with new single ‘Charlie’s Car’. Featured image by James Kellegher Share This track is definitely just a down spiralling array of unhealthy events that I find myself (as always) coating in infamous comedy.” All pleasing signs ahead as rumblings of her debut LP earmarked for release next year. The bombastic new slice of slacker rock follows on from the satire-fuelled Goober EP in the summer, attracting rave reviews, including a 9.2 from ourselves. It’s ironic that this totally unreasonable behaviour is something I find myself thirsty for. “WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME? Lauran… Read More

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The Sherlocks announce 2022 UK headline tour

Alex Pearson 04/02/22 – Blackpool – Bootleg Social05/02/22 – Leeds – O2 Academy 12/02/22 – Glasgow – St Lukes 18/02/22 – Liverpool – O2 Academy 19/02/22 – Hull – Asylum 25/02/22 – Sheffield – O2 Academy 26/02/22 – Newcastle – University 03/03/22 – Bristol – Marble Factory 04/03/22 – Southampton – Engine Room 10/03/22 – Brighton – Chalk 12/03/22 – London – O2 Academy Islington Share The four-piece are currently touring the UK as part of their ‘Keep Our Independent Venues Alive’ tour – a run of shows across the UK’s most cherished independent venues to help support these spaces during their most challenging times. “We can’t wait to get… Read More

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Watch Jade Bird perform new single ‘Candidate’ live

Alex Pearson Wow! You definitely missed out, but don’t panic as you can watch it right here. Jade Bird’s sophomore album Different Kinds of Lights is out now. Listen to the album in full here. Featured image courtesy of Vevo Share Did you see the electrifying performance from indie’s hotshot Jade Bird? In collaboration with Vevo, the world’s leading music video network, the London artist performed ‘Candidate’ from her new album Different Kinds of Light in a ball of fiery energy. The album helped set the bar for female musicianship in the current age, carried along by Jade’s mature and sharply observed narrative vignettes of relationships, divorce and everything in… Read More

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Soma Festival is London’s newest all-dayer you don’t want to miss

Tier 1 tickets are currently still on sale for £20 so grab your tickets fast before it opens up to tier 2! They include local band On Video who have recently released a string of new tunes, Scotland’s rapid risers and ICM Ones to Watch 2021 artists Dead Pony and Birmingham outfit The Novus who dropped their debut EP in June. She’ll also be hosting some tinterviews too so keep an eye out for some class content.  https://twitter.com/louschofieldtv/status/1427685159831285776 Deep in the heart of London’s hip and alternative neighbourhoods, Soma Fest proves to be a great night of live music.  Colours Hoxton, Werkhaus, Queen of Hoxton and Strongroom will be hosting… Read More

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Blossoms announce new single ‘Care For’ with 70s inspired music video

Blossoms brand-new single Care ‘For’ is out now and the band will be releasing further new music over the coming months. “In my head, they all come together on this tune, to help create the ultimate end of the evening, wedding disco dance.” Blossoms most recent studio album, 2020’s Foolish Loving Spaces went to Number 1 in the UK album chart and featured the singles The Keeper and Your Girlfriend. Share The band also released a double album ‘In Isolation/Live From The Plaza Theatre, Stockport’ last year, which charted at Number 5 in the UK album chart, making the band the only act to have had two different albums in… Read More

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Don’t miss out on the south coasts best small festival; Golden Touch

https://t.co/JitEhtz4NG— Chris Pockett (@chris_pockett) August 23, 2021 Share With the Cambridgeshire band expected to release their debut album, Everything’s Affected on October 22nd so get ready to be rowdy with some high-octane indie rock anthems. Who recently released their latest sonic indie pop single ‘So Brokenhearted’. Go.. Also on this year’s lineup include some local talent like Bash! Go… Before you miss out 👍 ❤️ https://t.co/kwioho8Pwq— DaveP ≅ (@DavePar36443535) August 24, 2021 The day is going to be action-packed with some brilliant indie artists we absolutely love, and when tickets are only £12 it’s a no brainer!? Pioneers shared their B-side EP ‘The Leftovers’ back in May and indie surf… Read More

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The Jaded Hearts Club release rock twist on all-time classic ‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)’

Alex Pearson It’s an absolute classic Northern Soul song – heavy beat, fast tempo underground soul music.” The Jaded Hearts Club have more new recordings in the pipeline, and are eager to play more regular shows once circumstances allow. The original song’s history is one of the more curious tales in rock ‘n’ roll history and dates back to 1965.  Frank Wilson was poised to release the single under Berry Gordy’s label Tamla Motown, until he had a change of heart; destroying almost every copy in the process.  However, Wilson, who instead became a producer, later bootlegged the song. It subsequently became a favourite on the Northern Soul scene after… Read More

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The Lathums deliver triumphant music video for ‘I’ll Get By’

Alex Pearson Directed by filmmaker, James Slater, the video set follows the band around their native North West in a vintage station wagon, journeying between Wigan and Blackpool in the pursuit of the colourful characters who call it home.  Yet, in the end, it was the North West and its cast of eccentrics that eventually had to come to The Lathums after they heard the band’s call for help after the first attempt was shut down, leaving a second attempt short of performers. Slater explains: “I wanted the video to be a celebration of the different passions and personalities in the area where the band are from. A journey through… Read More

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The Psychedelic Furs announce rescheduled Made Of Rain UK Tour dates

Alex Pearson A year on from the release of their first album in 15 years and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their classic second album ‘Talk Talk Talk’, The Psychedelic Furs announce the rescheduled dates for their 2021 tour. The Psychedelic Furs tour through September – October and play seven rescheduled UK shows, including their eagerly anticipated debut at The Royal Albert Hall (October 3rd), as part of the Made Of Rain Tour. Share Made Of Rain became the Furs’ second-highest charting UK Album ever and featured in the 2021 end of year Best Albums roundup in Mojo, Uncut, Classic Pop and Vive Le Rock among others. Made Of… Read More

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TV PEOPLE announce release of debut EP ‘Nothing More’

Alex Pearson We started to put all of our ideas and WhatsApp recordings into demos that Bren mixed on Logic.  “Being able to listen back to the demos as we wrote them definitely helped us to refine our songwriting and improve our sense of progression in our music. Following the release of new single ‘Out of the Silence’, Dublin alternative-rock newcomers TV People have announced their debut EP, ‘Nothing More’ will be released later this month.  Having begun work on their debut EP, ‘Nothing More’ back in March 2020, the five-track release documents a long period of challenges and hardships for TV People. Want to learn more about TV People?… Read More

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Italia 90 announce new UK tour dates

Tour Dates September 15th – Moth Club, LondonOctober 16th – Left Of The Dial Festival, NetherlandsNovember 19th – Esquires, BedfordNovember 25th – Adelphi, HullNovember 27th – Headrow House, LeedsDecember 4th – Broadcast, GlasgowDecember 5th – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh Share With the quartet’s second run of 7” vinyl now sold out, the hype around these lads continues to grow. New B-side ‘Declare’ deals with complicity and inaction in the face of violence or persecution.  Despite navigating such serious political themes, Italia 90 still manage to convey sardonic humour and a sense of playfulness in their songwriting. Revisit the video for Borderline, directed by Dylan Adkinson, below and grab tickets for the… Read More

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CloseUp Festival announces revived lineup for its annual showcase

Alex Pearson @dicefm 🟣 pic.twitter.com/dd8z6rpfwJ— CloseUp (@Closeuppromo) July 29, 2021 CloseUp Festival’s main aim is to bring the most infamous emerging indie/electronic artists together, using our knowledge of our notorious London shows and applying them to two enthralling live music stages. There will also be a headline DJ slot from Liam James Ward and a surprise act still to be announced.  Due to circumstances beyond the festival’s control, Whenyoung can no longer perform at CloseUp Festival, however; Abbie McCarthy (DJ), Sad Boys Club, VALERAS, The Hubbards, PYNCH and lots more will be making their presence known on the Saturday. (11/9)@valerasband, @sadboysclb @AbbieAbbiemac, @thehubbards & @PynchBand also hit our biggest ever… Read More

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Wigan trailblazers The Lathums announce debut album ‘How Beautiful Life Can Be’

Alex Pearson The Lathums’ close-knit bubble of offbeat humour, free-flowing jangle-indie and lyrics of unrestrained optimism will be released to the world in the form of 12-tracks on September 24th, 2021.  Having recently set up a stall at Wigan Market (July 31st) the proud natives celebrated their landmark release with an opportunity to pre-order a limited ‘first edition’ pressing of How Beautiful Life Can Be and grab exclusive merchandise, autographs and selfies at the band’s very own, traditional indoor market stall. Tickets are available here. Having been previously self-released by the young band who emerges from the album sessions in a sparkling, new form, whilst retaining the melodic stardust that… Read More

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We’re all set for an impressive 110 Above Festival weekend

2. A quick reminder that the NHS Covid Pass status is granted via one of the 3 situations below: 1. Being vaccinated (with two weeks passing since the final dose). If you are not an “exception”, we would recommend that you go to your app store and set up the pass as quickly as possible as this will be by far the simplest way to get through the 110 gates. 110 Above Festival is an intimate three-day festival that never fails to impress on their lineups and 2021’s is a belter. Natural immunity (between 10 and 180 days after positive PCR test). COVID-19 INFORMATION We realise that Covid-19 is still… Read More

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Tom Lumley & The Brave Liaison announce debut album ‘Everything’s Affected’

To celebrate the announcement, the band are paving the way with new single ‘Fake Friends’. It’s no secret that last year’s ICM Ones To Watch artists have created an instant buzz around their monster riffs and explosive energy. After playing alongside The Hunna and Sam Fender, plus performing at Isle Of Wight, Bestival, Camden Rocks and Truck Festival, the band are in good stead to translate this album into a beast of a live set. “This album is the culmination of two years of hard work and progression. From work life to home life, the choices you make ultimately has an effect, right down to the simplest of decisions. Ever… Read More

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Calva Louise gear up for most ambitious album yet with new single ‘Other Self’

In addition, a further graphic novel will be released at a later date, the second in a series with artwork created by Jess. Calva Louise will also release an accompanying animated movie with the album. “Simultaneously, it’s about the uncertainty of a possible complementary duality, manifested through dreams. Blakeeleven)BelicosoAlcanzarOther SelfTrialMafaldaThe OddsPOP(urrí)EuphoricOrange Blast LIVE (w/ Strange Bones)3 Aug – Leeds Key Club4 Aug – Stoke-On-Trent The Sugarmill5 Aug – St Albans The Horn6 Aug – Preston The Ferret(w/ Trash Boat)20 Oct – Leeds Stylus21 Oct – Newcastle Riverside23 Oct – Glasgow Cathouse24 Oct – Manchester Rebellion25 Oct – Nottingham Rescue Rooms27 Oct – Birmingham O2 Academy228 Oct – Southampton The Loft29… Read More

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Swim School announce highly-anticipated debut EP with new single ‘Anyway’

Candidly exploring the difficulties of opening up on your emotions during a time of poor mental-health, swim school’s open and honest lyricism sees them mature as quickly as their sound. “For the lyrics in ‘Anyway’ I wanted to highlight how it may be difficult for people to simply open up to others.  “It’s challenging to try to explain an unexplainable feeling to someone and expect them to understand what they are going through when they don’t even understand it themselves. “The chaos of imagery in the first four lines of the chorus that is then followed up by the lyrics “you never notice it anyway” expresses that even though they… Read More

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Red Rum Club announce third album with new single ‘Nightcalling’

Frontman Fran Doran says: “‘Nightcalling’ brings disco hooks for the dancefloor that we’re aching to jump onto together.  “While the club doors remain shut, it should be enjoyed blaring out of car speakers, cruising by on a late-night drive. The full run of Red Rum Club dates for 2021 are as follows: Tue 10 Aug – Cardiff The Tramshed^Wed 11 Aug – Leicester O2 Academy^Fri 13 Aug – Keele SU^Sat 14 Aug – Liverpool Guild^Tue 17 Aug – Glasgow O2 Academy^Thu 19 Aug – Norwich The Waterfront^Fri 20 Aug – Brixton Academy^Sun 5 Sep – Neighbourhood Weekender*Fri 10 Sep – TRNSMT*Tue 28 Sep – Newcastle RiversideWed 29 Sep – Glasgow… Read More

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Lottery Winners set to release second album ‘Something To Leave The House For’

Share Now he and the band are moving on and moving up. In true Lottery Winners style, every truth and life lesson is dressed in glass-half-full, wildly optimistic, radio-friendly pop, hip-swinging beats and bittersweet tenderness. Reflective, ready to party and no less ambitious than before, ‘Times Are Changing’ is an anthem set for a bright future alongside a mammoth 14-track album. The full run of upcoming headline and festival shows are as follows: August 2021 6 – Beyond The Woods Festival, Lincolnshire13 – The Boof Festival14 – Cardiff Castle (supporting Kaiser Chiefs)22 – Beautiful Day Festival, Devon22 – Victorious Festival, Portsmouth29 – Bolton Food and Drink Festival September 2021 1… Read More

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Ex-Strypes members set for debut EP ‘High Fidelity’ under The Zen Arcade

The Zen Arcade take their musical cues from the likes of Hoodoo Gurus, Jesus And Mary Chain, XTC and Graham Coxon, relentlessly genre-hopping from garage rock, to power pop, to cow-punk. ‘Cro Mag Non’ is a fanzine that’s so DIY you have to make it yourself. Following the dissolution of The Strypes, three out of four members formed new outfit The Zen Arcade are set to release their debut EP ‘High Fidelity’ this Friday (June 4th).  Last year saw the five-piece release debut single ‘Don’t Say A Word’ as the group venture independent for the first time in six years. Publishing the PDFs online, the zine has managed to make… Read More

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Strange Bones debut album ‘England Screams’ is coming in August – hear the title track now

Alex Pearson England Screams. Blackpool’s finest punk rockers Strange Bones have announced the release of the debut album England Screams is due August 20th with the reveal of the title track and music video.  A mutant creation spawned from a year of experimentation and pushing personal boundaries, forthcoming album England Screams is Strange Bones’ most authentic and ambitious work to date. Society’s paradigm of a typical human being is breaking down, constantly changing, in some amazing ways, in a new world which feels more authoritarian than ever. PAV4AN)SIN CITYMENACE (FT. “The album also looks at the devil inside, and finding that balance between light and dark”. England Screams Album Artwork… Read More

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SPQR says debut album is ready for 2022 with new single ‘Fault Lines’

Alex Pearson Working with Mark Rankin (Harry Styles, Bloc Party, QOTSA) on the album, has been a steep learning curve for the band.  His guidance, experience and knowledge has proven to be a useful resource which the band have been able to call upon when creating their debut album.  This is a band who are determined to break boundaries of genre, push the fold, and are limited only by their own ambition. Catch SPQR on tour this September: 01 – Milton Keynes – Crauford Arms02 – Cambridge – Portland Arms03 – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds09 – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach10 – Exeter – The Cavern11 – Liverpool –… Read More

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110 Above Festival is the place to be this August

Alex Pearson If you’re passionate about new artists then look no further than the ultimate indie festival – 110 Above. Sunday sees Sundara Karma perform on the main stage. Since recently announcing what is arguably their biggest line-up to date and a new stage, Gospall Farm in Leicestershire is the place to be this August.  From Thursday August 12th to Sunday 15th, catch over 40 artists in action across four stages. “It demonstrates our commitment to being “the place” to see the very BEST emerging talent.” This year, 110 Above festival will launch a brand new stage called The Elizabeth Stage and will host performances from the likes of Black… Read More

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Bilk share music video for energetic punk rock single ‘Bad news’

The brainchild of frontman Sol Abrahams, completed by bassist Luke Hare and drummer Harry Gray, their honest social commentary is as real as it gets.  Their raucous live shows are already becoming a thing of cult legend amongst a new generation of music fans, resulting in chaos at venues across the UK and now also overseas. Share Speaking about ‘Bad News’ in more detail, Sol says: “A while ago I was really into this girl and all my mates were saying she’s bad news, but I liked her so much so I ignored their advice.  “This track’s about how when you fancy someone, all rational thoughts kinda go out the… Read More

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