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.
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.
With edgy indie hooks, killer basslines and great voices these indie/punk darlings are bringing their take-no-prisoners lyrics and hilarious between-song banter to Primadonna to make one heck of a big glorious noise.
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!
...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.
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. Check her out HERE, and at Primadonna.
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.
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.
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.
.“…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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.