FOR MUSIC LOVERS
We all know that no festival is complete without discovering that fabulous new band or solo artist who will make the rest of your year complete. At Primadonna this year we’ll be bringing you a carefully curated selection across multiple genres and moods from noisy indie-rock to laid back sultry jazz via hip hop and dance to give you the broadest musical experience.
Shingai’s distinctive vocal style and look always stood apart from her peers like Adele, Amy Winehouse and Paloma Faith. But now she returns with her boldest move yet: an EP that draws on her Zimbabwean and Bantu heritage and throws it forward into a realm that’s all her own. Called ‘Ancient Futures’, the EP is her first solo release, four years in the making, and whirls rebel yells, dancefloor-ready beats and, as she sings on the track ‘Zimtron’, “the beating drums of Africa,” into a daring whole, inspired by the energising experimentalism of Björk and M.I.A. As Annie Mac called lead single ‘Coming Home’ on her Radio 1 show, “bonkers pop music”.
Rews is the high energy, infectious alt-rock/pop band and alter-ego of N. Irish musician and songwriter, Shauna Tohill. Beginning as a duo in 2014, Rews has evolved into a stronger, formidable force ready to claim more stage time across the U.K. and beyond.
Rews' debut album ‘Pyro’ was released in 2017 through label Marshall Records to critical acclaim, Mark Radcliffe from BBC 6 Music named Rews as one of his highlights of the festival live on BBC TV’s Glastonbury 2017 coverage, describing them as “stupendous - if you get a chance to see them - go!” Well guys - here's your chance!
Sink Ya Teeth
Definitely your new favourite band (if they're not already - where have you been?!). But why take our word for it? Their eponymous album released last year won 4/5 star reviews from both Q Magazine and the Guardian & earned them a nomination as one of Radio 6’s records of 2018. They are "thrillingly chilly, perfectly funky" and their music "is as infectious as it is emotionally engaging." Check them out HERE, and (hooray!) at Primadonna!
Gina barely needs an introduction, but for those of you not in-the-know, she is an English musician and filmmaker, and best known as a founding member of one of the few post-punk rock band, The Raincoats. Since 1996, she has been performing with The Hangovers and we’re delighted to host her at Primadonna this year.
Caswell is a local Suffolk artist starting to make a splash up in the smoke. Supported by PRS Foundation and BBC Introducing, Caswell’s soaring vocals and sophisticated melodies against strong beats belie her youth. This spring has seen her continue to spearhead the local music scene with the self-release of her sophomore EP ‘Blindside’, fronted by three sold-out launch shows. She’s now looking forward to a string of UK Festival dates this summer, including slots at Reading and Leeds Festival and a slot supporting Ed Sheeran on the last night of his record breaking Divide tour. Check her out HERE, and at Primadonna.
Shunaji was born in Lagos, raised in Rome and is now based in London. She is a producer, songwriter and MC, who has caught the attention of those in the know as a rising star. Her blend of laid back, jazzy, hip hop draws on the cultures that formed her, and her love of rap and took her to Glastonbury as part of their Emerging Talent competition and where she played 3 sets. She’s quickly gathering a following on Spotify and Youtube and is someone you’ll be hearing a lot more of. Fact.
Alfie Indra is a pop/indie singer-songwriter appearing at Primadonna fresh from Latitude. Alfie met his now producer George Fitzgibbon in 2017 and his music has moved into the realms of indie-pop whilst maintaining the same heart felt, meaningful lyrics that he has always naturally gravitated towards. His musical style is described by Clash Magazine as “Gloriously upbeat, fantastically involved pop music, his tenacious approach matches warm, uplifting melodies to a gauzy web of 80s inspired synths”. His music has drastically increased in popularity this year, gaining almost half a million streams on Spotify. With support from BBC Introducing in Suffolk, Alfie has achieved radio plays across BBC Radio 2 and 6 music.
Every self-respecting festival needs a closing party and ours is no exception. Our lovely friends Aartwork will be performing a ceilidh set, but not just any old ceilidh. Their combination of fiddle, recorder, jazz guitar chords played against a dub reggae rhythm sounds like it shouldn’t work but it does! Whether you leap around to the caller’s instructions, go freestyle or just sit and enjoy the music, join us for one last hurrah before you start the journey home!”
They're not yet old enough to drink - meet Salvador, Suffolk's band of the moment. Only 17, they've been hand-picked by Ed Sheeran to support him at his Ipswich homecoming gigs next week & their early releases show they will be capable of great things. See if you agree with Ed. Perhaps you'll be witness to the birth of the next, but much much cooler, Coldplay.
.“…like Karen Carpenter fronting The Smashing Pumpkins,” Jo Bevan (Desperate Journalist). Hurtling are Jen Macro, Jon Clayton and Simon Kobayashi, an alt-rock trio from London, playing tunes which are dark hued yet melodious, cinematic yet hook laden. Formed of musicians who have played & worked with artists such as My Bloody Valentine, Graham Coxon, Jim Bob (Carter USM), Charlotte Hatherley, The Monochrome Set, Shonen Knife, Bitch Magnet and Kath Bloom, they will be playing songs from their debut album, due for release Autumn 2019.
You already know Cara because she's worked with an incredibly diverse group of musicians from The Au Pairs to Blur, the Fine Young Cannibals, Billy Bragg and Everything But the Girl. Cara will be performing some of her spirtual jazz at Primadonna - perfect for a summer's day. Check out her music here.
We’re so excited to introduce some amazing new musical talent at Primadonna, and Rokky is someone you’re going to be hearing a lot more of. A self-taught musician who speaks an impressive SIX languages, she’s bringing her unique tapestry of sensuous lyrics and Giorgio Moroder / Berlin inspired electro to light up our stage. Check out her new video here, directed by Margret Seema Takyar to get yourself in the mood.
SignKid is a London-based writer, producer and signsong rapper who is Deaf. His musical influences range from Public Enemy, Tupac and Biggie Smalls to Chance the Rapper.
Amy & the Calamities
Wanna hear some Zimbabwean blue grass? Check out Amy and the Calamities, the creation of Amy Wawn, a singer-songwriter born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Inspired by the sounds of Son house and Howlin Wolf, and influenced by the White Stripes, Eddie Vedder and Ray Lamontagne, Amy’s style ranges from foot-stomping folk rhythms to the dirty-delicious sounds of delta blues on the slide guitar. Amy’s currently playing some show in the UK, and we’re delighted to have her join us at Primadonna, especially as her music features on the soundtrack of Cook Off, a film getting its second UK screening at Primadonna, and starring none other than Shingai Shoniwa. Small world, eh?
Polly Haynes is a singer songwriter who writes folk songs with a jazz twist. Polly attended a Pettafiesta songwriting camp several years ago and has since released a number of EPs, has played festivals both in the UK and US, and has become a highly respected promoter and supporter of music in Colchester. We’re delighted to welcome her back to Laffitts Hall.
Ells Bells have the knack of being able to turn two ukuleles into a disco. Don’t believe us? Check them out as they lead the opening party on the Pettafiesta stage. They’ll also be doing a bit of ukeoke (that’s karaoke with ukuleles, obvs!) late night Saturday.
Paint Factory met during their time at university and have recently rekindled their quirky take on creating electro pop.
Paint Factory's consensus is to approach difficult affairs in their music. For example, their first track written together "Grey Area" is about being trapped in a self destructive mental process and society's attempt at handling the topic of mental health. Recently the gang have been working tirelessly to produce more and more content which reflects their message and develops their energetic and engaging live shows. Collectively they draw upon influences from the likes of The 1975, Wolf Alice, Foals, Massive Attack & Tune Yards while continuously striving to develop their gigs.
...has the voice of an angel and a songwriting talent that puts her alongside some of the great singer songwriters of the 80s – Laura Branigan, Beverley Craven – while having the lyrics and a vibe of the here and now, reminiscent of Marika Hackman. Hear her HERE and at Primadonna before the rest of the world discovers her.
She's funny, she's feisty, she's just signed her first music publishing deal with Saulty Songs // Kobalt. The word of mouth is growing for this young, cool singer songwriter.
Hydra Lerna makes electro/pop/indie music that connects on a deeper level. Writing and producing all her own music in her home studio in Norwich, she writes around details and feelings that are often left unsaid, but are relatable. Hydra Lerna produces immersive pop songs with sounds and layers that create vivid imagery and lyrics that are stimulating and evocative. A talented instrumentalist, Hydra Lerna plays the harp and the piano, both of which feature occasionally in her tracks.
Access Creative College
The Norwich music scene is vibrant and these guys are right at the heart of it. With a certain Ed Sheeran as their patron (he gets everywhere!) they’ve supported the careers of several of the performers on our bill, plus Ed himself, and will be creating a pop-up stage by the evening food stalls to introduce you to some of their latest talent-spots and entertain you while your tea is cooked to order.”
The Seashell and the Clergyman – with live soundtrack created and performed by the Deben Collective
Laffitts Hall has been the home of Pettafiesta and Mekonville festivals before becoming home to Primadonna, and it has become a tradition, and highlight of festivals here to have a late-night screening of a silent film by the campfire with specially created soundtrack performed live by Deben Collective. The BFI have this film as one of few feminist films from the silent era. It was directed by a woman, and features a bra burning, but is so surreal that it’s hard to find the meaning. See what you think. Bring a bra to burn on the campfire and enjoy the music created by ambient genius Jan Pulsford and her musical collective.