As the Edinburgh bakes in a balmy and muggy summer, the Freak Music roster has accordingly flowered in various directions. We’ve taken on a huge variety of rock and pop acts in the last few weeks, here’s a totally non-scientificifcally chosen few for your perusal.
If your event demands the most uniquely alternative and jaw-dropping live show you can get your hands on then Stranger Things are the guys you need to book. With real festival and big show experience, Stranger Things (above) bring their carefully orchestrated, infectious, high energy, festival hardened live show to all corners of the globe playing to huge dance hungry crowds. A premium act- Stranger Things deliver a once in a lifetime nonstop festival rave full of unique, original remixes of some of the biggest hits from the 90’s right up to present day. Do not book these guys unless you want a heaving dancefloor and big party atmosphere. Stranger Things are a truly unique event.
Atlantic 54 (right) have a tried and tested recipe for a great party with a packed dance floor! First they take a large dose of classic 70s disco from artists like Chic, Sister Sledge, Earth Wind & Fire and the Average White Band. Next they stir in a measure or two of 90s acid jazz and funk from Brand New Heavies, Incognito and Jamiroquai. Finally they add a small dash of soul from Sade, Randy Crawford and Al Green. The end result is an amazing blend of party tunes which tends to leave you with a big grin on your face a light film of perspiration across your brow and sore feet!
Broken Toys (left) are a 5 piece comprising of guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and vocals. They have a great stage presence, providing an energetic show with 100% live performances (no backing tracks). Each member has a wealth of experience in the music business and has performed to varying audiences in that time. The band pride themselves on having a professional attitude, prompt communication and being very reliable as well as being flexible enough to tailor their performances to suit any special requirements that you may have. A huge range of songs are covered from many different genres including pop, rock, punk, indie and ska. They provide cover songs spanning multiple decades from 60’s through to the present day.
Inspired by the swinging, hedonistic atmosphere of the one American city that overcame the Great Depression, the Kansas Smitty’s House Band
(below right) stands apart from all other groups currently populating London’s booming 1930s music scene, achieving an authenticity of style and virtuosity without rival. Perhaps the only London jazz band to own their own bar, the Smittys are fast becoming the UK band best known for recreating the true atmosphere of the USA prohibition era. Their primary style is instrumental swing, incorporating the sounds of New Orleans Dixieland, classic big band swing and straight-ahead 1950s bebop. Their enormous repertoire also encompasses Parisian gypsy swing masters such as Django Reinhardt, the Latin and Cuban street sounds of New Orleans Mardi Gras, and an array of influences from blues to bossa nova. The band features anything from four to eight players, covering repertoire from giants of the genre including Count Basie, Fats Waller, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstong and Sidney Bechet.
Born and based in London, Soul In The Belfry (below) have been studying and playing music for over 15 years. Consisting of young and professional musicians from all over Europe, the band is set to provide an amazing performance. Their music spans from 70s funk and soul, to the best grooves and bops the 2000’s have offered till now. They have played some of the best venues and members clubs in London and the UK, including Wembley, Ronnie Scott’s, The Ned, Annabel’s and many more. The band comes in many sizes, from an acoustic two piece comprising vocals and guitar, to an 8 or 9 piece that includes two vocalists and a three piece horn section.