HMCMB Introducing Stage @ Clare May Ball
Since Will and I have been at Cambridge we’ve had the opportunity to help book acts for a few different events. We are hoping this will be the best one yet. So without further ado, it is very satisfying to announce the lineup for the HMCMB Introducing stage at Clare May Ball. For those of you that don’t know, which is probably most, a May Ball is a big end of year, all night party in… June. Clare has always had a reputation for an interest in modern music as showcased by their run of ‘Clare Ents’, weekly events in a 17th century crypt. This year Clare were foolish enough to give us the reigns for what was previously one of their minor stages at the May Ball. This gives us the chance to bring a slew of our favourite new artists to come play for the array students still slightly delusional from post-exam catharsis and the prospect of a 3 month summer. The lineup is as follows:
Kimberly Anne – A firm favourite here at HMCMB that has picked up both critical acclaim and a record deal with Polydor off the back of her brilliant debut EP. Her recent single Hard As Hello has also made a splash, see the remix by Bastille for proof of this.
Southern – Great blues two-piece we’ve posted on recently. Born in Belfast, living in Liverpool and having recently supported the unreasonably cocksure 16 year olds The Strypes.
D/C – An act we can’t stop raving about. Cosigns from Chase & Status, managed by Wildlife Management (aka the home of Drenge and The Arctic Monkeys), and having worked with Gorgon City he’s destined to go far. His debut EP was also released only a few weeks ago.
Haus – They haven’t yet appeared on the pages of HMCMB but their gig at Dingwalls in support of the Mispers blew us away. 6 is large for a band but they make it count. Think somewhere between the early Foals dabbling with Math Rock and the howls of Wooden Pigs with all the confidence and nonchalance needed to pull it off.
New Union – Hailing from Brighton we’ve seen these guys play more times than we can remember. Very talented and hugely deserving of the success their new single Now is looking to bring them. Expect to hear a lot more from them in the future.
Half Crown – It’s an odd feeling to have good friends go from a ‘mate’s band’ in your head to an act worth raving about. One of the best live acts I’ve seen and a wonderfully unique sound. Playing an indie and ska hybrid with the bonus of a talented MC as front man has seen them pick up multiple festival and major support slots whilst completely upstaging Jakwob at last years final Clare Ent.
Ez Stone – A massively talented folk artist once again hailing from Brighton. His debut EP Moroccan Whiskey brings with it the warmth and relaxation you’d expect from such a name. It’s not all happiness and light though, Ez’s powerful vocals ensure that depth needed to grab and hold your attention. Having recently supported Rhodes and Jake Isaac, Ez Stone is surely on his way to join the admittedly competitive folk scene.
We’re hugely excited about this endeavour and whilst we may not be able to share it properly with all of our readers, we do hope this is the start of more exciting things to come. We’ve set up a playlist below for you to check out the artists. At the very least we hope you hear something you like and go see them yourself. If you do I’ll probably be the short drunk one bobbing his head awkwardly. Come say Hi.