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Assembly gets the new year off to a flyer

Free Spotlight gigs set to showcase new acts - and spice up the usually dreary month of January

14 December, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

The Luka State will play Camden Assembly on January 20

WHEN The Columbo Group took over the Barfly last year and transformed it into Camden Assembly, head of music Andy Peyton stated the new owners’ intention to shake off the venue’s old Camden indie persona.

The motivation, he said, was to attract all those diverse new bands that didn’t want to be pigeonholed. Now, just over a year after it opened, Camden Assembly has well and truly shaken that particular part of the borough’s legendary music history in place of a reputation of its own for booking groundbreaking new acts across a number of genres.

True to form, it has enlisted a bunch of carefully selected curators to spice up the usually dreary month of January with Spotlight – a series of free gigs showcasing promising new talent as 2018 begins to dawn.

“As Camden Assembly is at the forefront of new music, not only in London but in the UK, we felt it was important that we push forward a branded series of showcases to both highlight and reiterate our focus on new music,” said James Anniballi, the venue’s promotions manager.

Shiners will be part of Spotlight on January 10

“I decided to make the series as it has been a passion project of mine since I started promoting live shows eight years ago. We picked January as it’s not normally a time where bands tour much so we knew the bands would be available. The hope for Spotlight is that it becomes a stepping stone for bands to go on to great things.”

James added: “We invited a select bunch of curators who we knew would add to the series as they share the same goals for the acts as we do.”

Hot acts to look out for, said James, include Nia Wyn, who returns with her new single Do You Love Enough from her debut EP of the same name, with special guest Karima Francis, Beach Riot, The Luka State, Tiana Major, BBC Radio 1 extra curator DJ ACE and The Wholls.

Details of how to get hold of free tickets can be found on the venue’s website www.camdenassembly.com

Full details of the line-up so far are as follows:

January 6
BeNuMu Presents: She’s Seventeen + Killatrix + Metasoma + Unsung Lilly.

January 7
BeNuMu Presents: Rotem + Lawrence Hill + Xsara + Stables.

January 9
Killing Moon Presents: Mantra + Beach Riot (above) + Thyla.

January 10
Disaster Artist Management Presents: SHINERS + Mystic Peach + Thomas Ashby.

January 11
Close Up Promotions Presents: Shanghai Blues + Bare Traps + Alex Tracey.

January 12
TicketWeb Presents: Tara Flanagan + Beth George + This Rose.

January 15
The Rising Sun Collective + London In Stereo presents: Byfyn + Tree House + Boyan Levchev.

January 16
In association with X-Ray presents: Sick Joy + Colour.

January 18
ReverbNation Discover x Rotor Live presents: Fridolijn + Michael Baker + Danny Starr.

January 20
Hot Vox presents: Short Stories + The Luka State + Mother.

January 21
DJ Ace and The Record Box Live presents: Tiana Major 9 + Jordan King + Lylo Gold + BXBER.

January 24
Electric Harmony presents: Only Girl + Harvey Causon + Rozelle.

January 25
Source presents: Milk Disco + Lucia + Tuska.

January 26
Karimthapeasant presents: Karimthapeasant + Looms + JAXN.

January 28
Hot Vox presents: Josh Savage + Daniel Dunlevy & The Red 5 + Cian Ducrot + Martyn Peters.

January 30
Solo Music Agency presents: The Wholls + Duke Of Wolves + special guests.

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