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THIS FEELING ALIVE: SUGARTHIEF + THE ESTEVANS + HOURGLVSS + THE KICKLIPS
Name-making indie club night and New Music messiah This Feeling has announced its third consecutive Alive Tour, putting four of the UK’s best new guitar bands on one exhilarating stage. This year’s exhibit of young rock ’n’ roll talent will showcase bands Sugarthief, Hourglvss, The Kicklips and The Estevans in a multi-venue, cross-country tour that will celebrate the grassroots scenes in each city it visits.
As always, This Feeling is all about the discovery, and keeping the guitar and rock scene alive. The four bands on this year’s bill have been chosen for their budding brilliance and promise, and the Alive tour is your chance to be at the front by the barrier for indie’s next big thing – in their earliest days!
This year’s showcase will put Birmingham’s Sugarthief, who make intricately dreamy tunes that stand up to the likability of their Brummy forebears (Peace, Swim Deep) on the same stage as Brighton’s electro-infused vintage-trip Hourglvss, colloquial, nostalgic indie throwbacks The Estevans, and rock ’n’ rollers The Kicklips.
As it has for its previous two incarnations, the Alive tour will also honour each city it passes’ respective scenes, with support acts cherry picked to play alongside the four headlining bands. As always, expect raucous performances, good vibes, and the excitement of getting back to the grassroots and discovering something brilliant before the rest of the world.
Having previously spotted and helped to launch indie headline stalwarts Catfish and the Bottlemen and Blossoms, This Feeling is a club night and platform that continues to work to help guitar bands launch their careers, and music fans to be there from a new band’s very beginning. The initiative and good-time-guys make sure that regional bands widen their influence by inviting them to play elsewhere in the country, and on This Feeling stages, which are seen at festivals such as Isle of Wight, Y Not and Tramlines.
Even Noel Gallagher’s a fan: “This Feeling is the best club in The UK for future Rock and Roll stars. They believe in the power of guitar music and when Rock and Roll makes it’s glorious comeback you can bet your arse you will have heard it first at This Feeling.”
All about the community, the music and the safeguarding of grassroots venues and scenes, This Feeling stages, club nights, and initiative are geared towards a feeling of welcoming, exhilarating discovery. In October’s Alive tour, all of these things will come together for a great night out.
Ahead of the eight date tour, which will hit several cities across the UK in October, get to know the four headlining bands and their latest releases a little better below:
SUGARTHIEF – “When you first start out as a band, you realise how difficult it can be to play decent gigs outside of your local area, This Feeling have given us a bunch of great opportunities to do just that, including some pretty wild weekends at festivals…when we get to Birmingham we’ll have to show the other bands a big old Brum night out!” – Jack James, Guitarist.
Sugarthief released their EP ‘I Before E’ in March 2019.
Listen to ‘Good Luck I Hope You Make It’ below:
THE ESTEVANS – “This Feeling have been crucial to our band over the past year; the exposure, the opportunities and all the Red Stripes have given us as well as countless other bands a platform and a chance to make something of themselves; we can’t thank them enough. To be picked for the Alive Tour this year is pretty humbling as there are so many fucking great bands on This Feeling!”
Listen to ‘Gotta Know You’ below:
Hourglvss released their first single ‘Johnny’ this summer, a Johnny.
Listen to ‘Johnny’ below:
THE KICKLIPS – “The This Feeling Alive Tour is an insane opportunity for us. The support from This Feeling is and always has been fantastic – it’s like a family, and we’re honoured to be a part of it.”
The Kicklips released ‘Just Do It’ on July 6 2019.
Watch the official music video for ‘TV Girl’ below: