halfsies: WAKE UP GIGS - sunday 28 october 2018 - ace hotel, E1, 13:00 - 15:00
amaroun + owen duff
Following on from our debut show at Ace Hotel in August, Wake Up Gigs returns for the half term featuring Amaroun and Owen Duff.
Wake Up Gigs showcase new artists for parents to enjoy the best live bands and artists and the gig experience with their families.
Two live performances from rising star Amaroun and the endlessly creative, multi talented Owen Duff in support. Each artist will play 30-40 minute sets in the stunning surroundings of the Ace Hotel rooftop venue.
Child friendly stuff: buggy parking space, soft play area, colouring in classic album covers, balloons, glitter painting, fully stocked baby changing facilities
Parent friendly stuff: amazing live music, friendly people, licensed bar, food available, easily accessible venue with lifts
Our Ace Hotel shows are the mini version of what a full Wake Up Gig would entail but feedback from parents is that they really enjoy the calm vibes and stunning views from the venue and the live music is the perfect accompaniment on a Sunday afternoon. The gig will take place at the Ace Hotel in their fantastic event space with skyline views of London. This is smaller than our previous venues, so tickets are limited. Tickets are £5 for parents and free for children.
Amaroun is the latest project from multi-talented producer and songwriter Jay Brown, existing at the sonic crossroads where Erykah Badu, Eels, PJ Harvey and Feist meet. Songs about coming out, moving up and not being kept down, Amaroun creates a truly unique form of kaleidoscopic pop music for the 21st century. Emerging from the same tight knit community as LA Salami and Francobollo, and with support from Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), Chris Hawkins (BBC 6 Music), Amazing Radio & Radio X, 2018 is Amaroun's for the taking.
Currently working with close collaborator and producer Kristofer Harris (Ghostpoet / Belle & Sebastian / Bear's Den), as well as Charles Watson (Slow Club) and Carmody, she is the latest addition to the Communion Presents roster. She sold out her debut headline show at Archspace, London in March and was named 'Gig of the Week' in Music Week.
"A new British superstar in the making" - Chris Hawkins, BBC 6 Music
"Heart-stopping emotion and warm melodies" - The Line Of Best Fit
"Really nice" - Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
"Groundbreaking" - Louder Than War
A true adherent to the DIY ethos, Owen Duff creates everything related to his music, from artwork to videos, as well as playing or programming nearly all of the instruments on his songs. He began learning piano at the age of four, picking up drums, guitar and a few other instruments along the way, eventually writing songs that blend influences from folk, 60s chamber pop, electronica, film and TV scores and jazz. Owen's lyrics are inspired by books, films, TV, high and low culture, politics and personal experience.
He has released five EPs as well as having recorded an album of twenty songs which, rather than releasing, he hid in secret locations around the world. This was documented in the video for 'The Race', which accompanied the launch of Owen's fourth EP 'Realityicide’. He has played several iconic UK venues including Bush Hall, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and Manchester's Academy, supporting acts such as the Hidden Cameras, Scott Matthew and The Unbending Trees.
Owen's songs have been played on BBC Radio 6 music, BBC Radio London and have been playlisted several times on Amazing Radio. His work has been featured in The Independent, Amelia's Magazine and Creative Review as well as on leading music blogs Music OMH and Cover Lay Down. His songs have have been selected for Unsigned Guide's Spotlight and the BIRP! Spotify playlist. Owen's music has appeared in the films "Thirteen Downs", "The Falls" and its two sequels, which also featured music specially commissioned for the soundtrack.