Well, we’re doing just that as we’re delighted to announce the Refreshers 2019 line-up, with world-renowned DJs, Sigma, at the helm as the main headliners for the week.
As well as being a multi-platinum artist, they are best known for their hit number one single, ‘Nobody to Love’, which has seen over 240 million hits on YouTube and 86 million on Spotify. Alongside Sigma, we also have a host of other names joining us throughout the week - up and coming grime artist Loski & DigDat, comedy double act Dick and Dom, and The Killers tribute band, The Kopycat Killers.
For more information on each of the acts, you can see what they are all about below.
Sigma, like The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris, and Disclosure, stand at that meeting point between dance music and pop, pioneers of a radio (and stadium) friendly sound that's seen the duo shift over four million singles, clock over 308 million YouTube views, and play stages from London’s Brixton Academy, Roundhouse, and Fabric, to Glastonbury (in front of 100,000 people), Reading Festival (where thousands danced outside of a packed Radio 1/NME arena), and further beyond with sold out shows across Australia and New Zealand, Amnesia in Ibiza, and EDC in America.
Their debut album, ‘Life’ (released in December 2015) included eight hit records (2x platinum, 1x gold, and 3x silver), and as things stand, has now sold over 300,000 copies. The past 18 months have seen them play numerous live TV performances (BAFTAs, X Factor, TOTP, BBC Music Awards) and featured on the front (and homepages) of the UK press (The Times, The Guardian, Buzzfeed).
Increasingly, Sigma are the first taste of electronic music for some of the thousands of young fans who pack out their sellout shows and festival performances each year, becoming part of an ardent fanbase who have watched them grow from rising stars into one of the biggest acts in the UK and beyond. Part gig, part rave, it’s a winning formula that’s seen them grab rave reviews for their own tours, and at the likes of festivals such as We Are FSTVL, Isle of Wight Festival, Parklife, Ibiza Rocks, Exit Festival, EDC UK Wireless, Boardmasters, V Festival, Sziget, Rock Werchter, and many more.
Their biggest hit with 3Beat was ‘Nobody to Love’ - a rework of Kanye West's ‘Bound 2’. Again, Annie Mac was instrumental. She got behind the record immediately, championing it to the Breakfast and daytime shows at BBC Radio 1. The success of ‘Nobody To Love’ changed everything. Within weeks it went to No.1 in 15 countries, and has since become one of the biggest selling-singles of this decade so far, earning them two Brit Awards nominations, and over 215 million YouTube views.
Sigma’s next single, ‘Changing’ (ft. Paloma Faith), was another No. 1 in September 2014 (it was also Faith’s first chart topper). It was followed by ‘Higher’ (ft. Labrinth) in March 2015 when it reached No. 12, ‘Glitterball (ft. Ella Henderson) which peaked at No.4 in July and ‘Redemption’ (a collaboration with Diztortion ft. Jacob Banks on vocals). Singles with Rita Ora (‘Coming Home’), and Take That (‘Cry’) have ensured that Sigma have kept up their reputation for matching hits with some of the biggest names in the business. With the global success of ‘Find Me’ (ft. Birdy) taking them into 2017, the boys are currently locked in the studio working on their eagerly-awaited second album, and preparing to make this their biggest year to date.
Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood met over a bacon baguette in the Green Tea Bar of the iconic BBC Television Centre back in 1996. They presented the ‘Broom Cupboard’ presentation links with Otis the Aardvark and learnt their craft hosting hundreds of hours of live television.
20 years later the much loved duo have built up a diverse gaggle of programming across different genres including the double BAFTA award-winning Dick & Dom in Da Bungalow, the BAFTA award-winning Diddy Movies & Diddy TV, and The Legend of Dick and Dom and Splatalot. Their science entertainment show Absolute Genius won them both another BAFTA for 'best presenters'. Away from children’s television, the pair have hosted The Sunday Morning Show (BBC Radio 1) and Are You Smarter than a 10 Year Old? (Sky One). They also regularly DJ at students' union events up and down the country.
In 2011 they received critical acclaim for their roles in the feature film Horrid Henry: The Movie. They have headlined Butlins twice with an 80 date sell out tour and in 2013 they trod the boards to rave reviews in the West End, starring as King Arthur and Patsy in Monty Python’s Spamalot.
They also take their live show to various festivals across the country including Camp Bestival, Alex James’s Big Feastival, CarFest and Jimmy’s Farm. In 2015 they starred in the World’s Biggest Panto, Cinderella alongside Paul O’ Grady and Bradley Walsh at the Barclaycard Arena. They have had a range of successful children’s books, including a bestseller. They have another book due for release in 2018.
This year, alongside another Butlins tour, they’ll be back on the festival circuit and for the first time they will be performing at the Edinburgh Festival (Underbelly - McEwan Hall).
Every area has a top boy - an influence that the local kids look toward as an inspiration, a source of power, a king. In the south London district of Kennington, that star is an 18-year-old MC called Loski.
Released off the break out singles 'Money & Beef' and 'Cool Kid' - tracks that quickly cemented Loski as the one to watch in London's drill scene, each racking up a cool 2.5m views - 'Call Me Loose' is set to put Kennington and, by proxy, Loski on the map. But for the uninitiated, let's lay out his back-story.
In 2016 - at 16 years old - he released 'Hazards', the track that first illuminated his name among the UK music scene. Still, music was for fun, to make a noise, and Loski didn't anticipate the reaction it received.
These initial sparks quickly solidified into a deeper meaning for Loski, who soon came to see music as his vocation - as a way to spark positive change by virtue of laying the truths of his experience down on wax. These days, Loski's social networks are lit-up with messages that keep him rolling with music. "I'll look in my DMs on Instagram and people will say sick things like 'You mean everything, don't stop' or 'I don't know what you would do if you didn't do music' - that's what makes me want to carry on."
Those who first came to Loski through his previous releases will find something to love in his debut mixtape 'Call Me Loose', which is centred in the drill sound he first came to be celebrated for. But there's also a progression. For a start, the mixtape is cinematic. 'Drill' samples a political speech about gang crime, 'Broad Day' has the kind of low-key and emotive piano strokes you might hear on a film soundtrack, and the record is bookended by an intro and outro. And then there's the shift in tone, with the upbeat production of previous single 'Cool Kid' leading into 'Forrest Gump' - a track that seems built for a sun-soaked summer time shubz rather than moonlit rainy streets.
"No one's auntie wants to listen to drill," Loski jokes of his slight shift in direction toward the end of the tape. That said, kids are devouring drill and it's clear Loski is one of the genre's main players. By expanding his palette and bringing in hints of afro-trap, Loski is expanding far beyond any of his peers. He is the creator of a completely unique new sound of 'Afro-drill', which is continuously evolving and rising to power under his leadership. Rich in terminology that can only come from an MC who has lived a life on road and emerged onto the other side, 'Call Me Loose' presents an honest artist who is looking forward and unafraid to level up. In fact, he's already set his sights far beyond his area. The next stop? "I want to have a label one day." The Kennington king has spoken.
The Kopycat Killers formed when frontman Stuart was told for the 200th time at one of his own gigs (in his originals rock band Lux Lisbon) that he 'sounds just like that bloke out of The Killers' and, being a huge fan, thought, "well why not!" He set about assembling his band from his contacts in both the London and Newcastle rock scene, all of the highest calibre and to a man incredible and hugely experienced rock musicians with university degrees in their respective instruments.
In Lux Lisbon, Stuart sold out shows at venues that The Killers themselves have played, such as Bush Hall and London Scala. The Kopycat Killers attention to detail is intense, featuring authentic tones and sequenced studio sounds to emulate The Killers' own. Backing musicians, along with the stage wear, instruments, set choice and decoration (including the Killers own famous 'K' keyboard stand), it's all present and correct.
Above all though, the musicianship, energy and atmosphere created is top tier - and as huge fans, they take recreating The Killers wonderful songs and amazing shows very seriously indeed.
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