Our 2023 CoverSTARS
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Joanne Shaw Taylor
Our CoverSTAR for this issues is British Blues rock guitar prodigy Joanne Shaw Taylor. Joanne is heading out on the road in February performing songs from her critically acclaimed albums ‘Nobody’s Fool’ and ‘The Blues Album’. Joanne will also dig deep into her rich back catalogue where she will hand-pick songs from her previous albums.
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Double MOBO award-winner, broadcaster and passionate advocate for music education, the multi-talented saxophonist YolanDa Brown is one of the most dynamic and high-profile characters on the UK music scene. Her music is a delicious fusion of Reggae, Jazz and Soul. Her performance at Saffron Hall on 17th November as part of Cambridge Jazz Festival is a highlight not to be missed.
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Reno & Rome
Winners of the Grapevine sponsored ‘Pop’ category at the recent NMG Awards, Reno & Rome were in fine form at their recent gig at The Baths in Ipswich. Their energy on stage makes this quartet a must-see band for music lovers.
across the country.
Angela Barnes swapped a career in health
and social care for stand-up in 2010 and
hasn’t looked back. Within just a couple of
years she had won the BBC New Comedy
Award, and has now gone on to UK tours.
You can catch her current show ‘Hot Mess’
in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Norwich and
Afterdrive, the sensational band hailing from Ipswich, comprises the extraordinary
talents of Luke, Ben, Joe, and Ed. Their indie and modern rock nuances and captivating
performances have garnered them a devoted following in Suffolk. With the release of their track ‘Stick Around,’ they struck a chord with local audiences, who embraced their music with fervour. The pinnacle of their success came when they headlined the prestigious Brighten The Corners festival in Ipswich, where they dazzled the crowd and solidified their place as a rising force in the music industry.
Grace Wells is a young indie solo artist from Suffolk who’s music has ben attracting the attentions of BBC Introducing, among others. Grace released her debut EP in 2022, her unique and powerful voice taking pole position ahead of instrumentation. This is beautifully illustrated by the track “All I Could Do”. Grace is a prolific live performer across the region – you can catch her live on The Grapevine Stage at Ipswich Music Day at 2pm – Sunday July 2nd.
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Suffolk based Millie Kirkpatrick stood out head and shoulder above the punk and rock bandscompeting in her heat at BurySOUND 2023. Standing alone on the stage she commanded the roomwith her lyrics and voice. Being a solo artist in a band competition canbe daunting but BurySOUNDis less about the competition and more about discovering new artists. We are confident we will behearing much more of Millie Kirkpatrick. Follow Millie on Instagram @millieekirkpatrick
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May is when Grapevine publishes its guide to festivals in East Anglia, appropriately in association with The East Anglian Festival Network.
Obviously the best know festival taking place in East Anglia is the world renowned Latitude. Beyond that there lie a cornucopia of festivals of all shapes and sizes catering to whatever your hearts musically desire.
Our one word of sage advice is that if you are planning to go to a festival – book in advance. Advance ticket sales for festivals is crucial in a post pandemic world.
Susanna Serrano is the face of Grapevine Magazine for April. Susanna fronts the Cambridge based band Anorak who made an instant impression on the crowd at their first ever gig at The Hunter Club in 2022. Such was their impact that they were signed by Off The Chart artist management soon after. One year on and the band are polished, tight and looking like seasoned rockers on stage – and, in a very tightly contested heat 1 of BurySOUND 2023 were declared the winners. Anorak is a band worth keeping a close eye on, check out their latest single ‘Bad Kiss’ On Spotify or follow them on Instagram: anorak.band
Our March cover features Suffolk based Grace Calver, not just a singer songwriter but a Music Blogger, Radio Presenter and Gig Promoter. When she is performing you will find her cropping up at gigs across the region playing her infectious brand of pop – catch her at The Six Six Bar in Cambridge on 11th March or The Smokehouse in Ipswich on 25th March where she is supporting The Joe Keeley Band. Grace’s latest release ‘Zombie Conversations’ is getting a good reception with BBC Introducing saying that they are obsessed with it!
Call to The Failthful
Gracing our front cover this month is Matt Beard (@beardedvillan), lead vocalist of Peterborough based Call to The Faithful.
This alternative rock band was conceived in 2018 and in four years has firmly established itself on the UK’s independent music scene. After fine tuning their unique brand of hard hitting guitar riffs, fuzzy bass lines, thumping drum kicks and thought provoking lyrics, they are hitting the stages and studios to bring you the best in new music.
Millie Manders & The Shutup
Norwich based Millie Manders and The Shutup create cross-genre punk that is hard to ignore.
With lyricism that pokes fun, draws you in or leaves you questioning social norms teamed with incredible vocal dexterity, grinding guitars, irresistible horn hooks and a pumping rhythm section, the Millie Manders Music Machine churns out more raw punk fusion than you can shake a stick at, with a huge amount of Pop appeal.
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Could you be our next CoverSTAR?
We are always on the look out for images of local performers to feature on our covers.
To be considered, send a link to your Electronic Press Kit to firstname.lastname@example.org
Images should be high resolution portrait format for best results.