Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles
Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles are a four-piece band composed of Billy Bibby, Rob Jones, Matt Thomas, and Mike Pearce. This new musical venture fronted by singer-songwriter and founding Catfish and the Bottlemen lead guitarist Billy Bibby has been keeping busy in 2016 with the release of a debut EP, a follow-up single, and over 50 gigs and festival appearances including Focus Wales, Dot to Dot Manchester, Kendal Calling, Coastline, Blackfest, TFest, and Southsea Fest. In addition to building up a solid grassroots following through touring, the band has caught the attention of industry tastemakers such as Adam Walton of BBC Introducing Wales, Clint Boon, Phil Clifton, and Jo Good of Radio X, Tim Cocker of Virgin Radio UK, Jim Gellatly of Amazing Radio, NME, and over 100 other radio and media outlets in the UK and abroad.
Manchester music legend Clint Boon described the band's music as "that classic sort of British songwriting with a strong nod to Americana" naming Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen as points of reference. The band's influences remain diverse and ever-changing, both classic and cutting edge, with new songs constantly being added to the live repertoire. Although the band is recently formed, reviewers consistently remark that the level of musicianship is such that they play like a veteran ensemble, with Bibby bringing the experience of seven years of gigging and songcraft from his Catfish days to every show and in every heartfelt song he's written.
Concrete Caverns are a Britrock quartet who formed in October 2014. The band have gigged extensively over the past two years, delivering high intensity performances with sensational energy. Their songs build moody verses into lyrically contagious choruses, that explode into enormous bridge sections and solos. In June of 2016, Concrete Caverns won parliament’s national Rock The House competition, recognising them as accomplished writers and performers. Their sound and stage presence has often been complimented with comparisons to early Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, and Catfish and the Bottlemen. These four lads can’t wait to rock Meraki Festival 2017.
Cove are a four piece, indie/rock band from Hertfordshire/Essex. The two singer/songwriters, James & Ryan, have fused their two styles to create a unique set that ranges from light, dancey indie tunes to heavier, rock songs. With James influenced by bands like Foals, Stone Roses and Arctic Monkeys and Ryan influence by The Gaslight Anthem, The Killers and Foo Fighters, they have created variety within their music, while still staying true to their own sound. The rhythm section of the band, Taylor and Jalley, have created 'beats reminiscent of early 90s D&B' and helped to develop the complete sound of Cove.
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