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We really hope that with our new dates, we finally have something to look forward to! Once again we really are overwhelmed with the support and love we’ve received from everyone and hope you’re as excited as us to party together, but this time in October.  Join us for one of the most unforgettable Sound City’s featuring headline acts Rejjie Snow & Red Rum Club & many more including The Mysterines, The Lathums, Lanterns On The Lake and 100s more to be announced! 

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Lanterns On The Lake‘s Hazel Wilde has spoken to NME about their nomination for Hyundai Mercury Prize. The Newcastle band have scored their first Mercury nod with their acclaimed fourth album ‘Spook The Herd’ – which sees them employing their unique brand of atmospheric indie to dissect the hell-scape that we’re all living through. Rising nationalism and entire countries being let down by their leaders are all pertinent themes on the record, but they are always tackled with a degree of impressive subtlety.

“We never do sit down and say ‘this is what we’re going to write a record about’, because it feel too forced and not natural,” said Wilde.

“But that stuff, climate change and global politics is just what you see when you’re flicking through the news. Those things are on my mind and they’re the things we talk about as a band. It seeps into the music.” She continued: “We’re not political with a ‘capital P’ in the songs, but not in a social commentary kind of way – it’s a personal point of view. We’re not trying to lecture anybody or proclaim that we’ve got the big answers to massive questions. It’s coming from the point of view of people who are just living in these weird times.”

“We’ve just discovered that there’s been a big leak in our rehearsal room and a load of stuff is knackered. It would come in pretty useful for that! But we’re not thinking of the winnings – we’re just chuffed to be on the shortlist and have the album heard by more people,” Hazel explained.

And while fans had to wait five years for the arrival of ‘Spook The Herd’, it seems that the follow-up could be here sooner than expected. She added: “I’m really itching to get started on the next one. We do have a few ideas that we started on, but that had to take a backseat at the start of this lockdown. I’m itching to just getting cracking on the next one, I’m sure it will find its own way.”

Mercury Prize nominees Lanterns on the Lake released a live rendition of their beguiling track When It All Comes True ahead of their album and had us hooked. Of the track vocalist Hazel Wilde says: ‘Sometimes when you write a song you are creating a world in the same way a film maker or an artist painting a scene would. This is a twisted coming-of-age love story where we’re let in on the thoughts of what seems like a deranged narrator with a premonition.’

“Spook the Herd” was the fourth studio album to come from Lanterns on the Lake. It was released on 28th February 2020 under Bella Union Records.

Having earned a mercury music nom for their stunning lp earlier in the year, Lanterns on the Lake are back already with a 5-track ep of dream-pop bliss. if you’re new to them & yet to hear what all the fuss is about, this’ll be the perfect snapshot of a band whose understanding of engrossing melodies & captivating atmospheres is second to none.

The ep includes four brand new tracks as well as a new reworked stripped-back arrangement of the single “Baddies”. of the track and ep vocalist Hazel Wilde says: “the realist is a song about being a dreamer, clinging to a vision and following your heart – even when that path can seem deluded to others. it was one of the songs that didn’t make it onto the album spook the herd as it didn’t fit sonically or narratively. it felt like it came from another place. so we began putting together this ep. we wanted to sculpt an intimate “Headphones” record. one for the introverts and dreamers, the ones that still find beauty and magic in things. recording some of the songs over lockdown in our homes helped in creating that world.”

Taken from The Realist EP out 11th December 2020 on Bella Union Records.

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“You said, do I have hope and I said I don’t… but I do,” riddles Hazel Wilde on the Newcastle band’s fourth album. Surveying the gathering storm, here’s an end-of-the-world address that finds stirring beauty and defiance in humanity’s final acts. To mark the occasion of our album coming out today we are sharing another live session video. ‘Swimming Lessons’ was recorded and filmed live at Blast Studios in Newcastle.

While the songs are Lanterns On The Lake’s’ leanest yet, fusing dreamy pop melodies with Paul Gregory’s soaring post-rock guitar, it’s Wilde’s lyrics that quicken the pulse. On Swimming Lessons, she marvels at “Vincent’s starry night with the colour drained”.

 Blue Screen Beams laments mobile phone addiction, while lead single Every Atom is a potent shot of glorious romanticism.If we are sleepwalking towards apocalypse, Lanterns On The Lake are here to sing us out in style. “The waters are rising/ our leaders unhinged,” sighs Wilde in majestic 3/4 on Before They Excavate. “Let’s break out the good stuff and toast to the end.” .

The Spook Sessions: When It All Comes True Recorded live at Blast Studios, Newcastle Upon Tyne

When It All Comes True is taken from the album ‘Spook The Herd’ is now out in the world.

This album is an important one for us. We are extremely proud of it and we have been bowled over by the responses so far.Thanks, as always, for all the love and support you’ve given our music over the years. It means more than you could ever know. ‘Spook The Herd’ is available on lush 180g vinyl,

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Hazel Wilde, Paul Gregory, Ol Ketteringham, Bob Allan, Angela Chan

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Atmospheric Newcastle based indie rock band Lanterns On The Lake already had everyone eagerly awaiting fourth album ‘Spook the Herd’ with beautifully stark song ‘Every Atom’. Now that first taste is followed by powerful second single ‘Baddies’ which unveils frontwoman Hazel Wilde’s frustration with the domination of the rich and powerful, maintaining their control stoking up prejudice.

Baddies is a song about the rising tide of anger and hate in the world that seems to have been unleashed over the last few years, with those in positions of power and influence actively encouraging it for their own ends, and the polarisation of society as a result. It is about the need for the individual, the underdog, to stand up to it, but the fact that in doing so we become part of it. We become someone else’s baddie.”

Baddies is the new single taken from our upcoming album ‘Spook The Herd’ out on 21st February 2020

It’s a fact that live albums are sometimes a risky business, Orchestral live albums? Overblown and highfalutin, they’re too often the errant result of deliriously daft backstage ideas after a band enjoys their rider a little too much, With thin ideas bloated by commercial success, they’re the foie gras of rock. Think Metallica, ELP, and Yes; indulgent doesn’t begin to cover it. In tight times, amidst a forensic focus on social media “reach”, streaming figures, and brand synergy, what sort of act would think that such a baroque and involved treatment of their songs would be a good idea? Step forward Lanterns On The Lake.  One of the UK’s best purveyors of widescreen dream-pop – and for whom widespread success remains bafflingly elusive – their thoughtful, ornate music with last year’s excellent Beings , it was their third album. It also goes hand-in-hand with a low-key, an almost apologetic style.

So just how did a self-effacing indie band end up blinking into the stage lights at The Sage – a large, purpose-built concert hall and music hub in their native Gateshead – flanked by the Royal Northern Sinfonia?.

The Sage have been really supportive of us as a local band for a long while,” says singer Hazel Wilde. “They put us on in their smaller room in 2011, and we played the main room in 2013 – but I don’t think we were quite ready for that. We’d been convinced to do it, and on the day I felt really unconfident about playing, so I drank a bottle of wine and took some beta blockers to ease the nerves. Suffice to say I felt pretty detached from the whole experience. The people at the venue were keen to hear “Beings” before we’d put it out, so Simon [Raymonde] at Bella Union passed it on to them, then conversations began.”


Like all worthy artistic endeavours, such a new project brought a broad sense of personal challenge, so did that previous bad experience cloud the preparations? “It felt weird at first,” Wilde admits. “I also think that, like a lot of people in bands, we feel like we’re just winging it, like we’re frauds. No-one wants to get caught out – going into that situation makes you feel exposed. We come from such different worlds to the orchestra players: there was us, this shy, obscure indie band coming in to work with such a renowned orchestra.

“I’ve also never felt all that sure of myself in the past. But I think most people have that, whether they like to admit it or not. I think I am extrovert trapped inside an introvert’s body. Or an introvert trapped inside an extrovert’s life. One of those, I’m not sure which.”

Where Wilde does herself and, by extension, the band’s material down – albeit inadvertently via that all-pervading thoughtful mentality again – Is that Lanterns On The Lake’s music is actually perfectly suited to being taken in just such a bold direction. beautifully austere, inventive but direct, and politically and personally charged.

The collaboration found its feet as the band began work on scoring with Fiona Brice, an acclaimed violinist, arranger and composer who has also worked with John Grant, Midlake, and Vashti Bunyan. “She totally got what we were about and was really open to all our ideas. She was keen to explore them and make them happen,” says Wilde. “She really was the bridge between our world and the orchestra’s. We were able to push the songs and add all the nuance and intensity that you imagine when you’re writing – all those textures and colours that are in your head come to the fore.”

The end result is a rare thing – a live orchestral album that makes perfect sense on its own terms. In fact, the evening went so well that it was repeated as another special performance at the Bluedot festival in the summer. Rather than being a exercise in having standard rock motifs with violins lazily plonked on top, this is instead a fluid and natural extension of the band’s work, realising its sense of ambition in scaling up, but also reinterpreting, an established sound.

Lanterns On The Lake tour the UK later this month,


Lanterns On The Lake live with Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage, Gateshead 2016

Taken from the album ‘Beings’. The cover art of Newcastle indie-rock quartet Lanterns On The Lake’s new album, is at once soothing and unnerving. Warm, filtered light bathes an arid mountain-scape, and whimsical will-o-the-wisps bubble around the edges of the image. Yet, in the middle of the photograph, there sits an unadorned black heptagon, like a scorch mark. It’s a striking image.


“Through The Cellar Door,” the album’s single, also cuts through brightness with sheaths of dark shadows. Even the song’s title implies the excavation of hidden spaces and diving into what can’t be seen. The opening guitar line is inviting — the bountiful pauses between its wavering notes creating open space and intrigue, clearly implying that the song is about searching. If the earthbound guitars are a persistent spirit of the quest, Hazel Wilde’s reverb-adorned vocals are wandering and airborne, adding to the effect. Both are a means to finding, and as the song picks up intensity, it melts into distortion, never chaos, pushing against limits and blurring the edges.

The mysterious darkness on the cover of Beings has the same effect. Out November 13th on Bella Union.


HAZEL WILDE – Vocals/ Guitar/ Piano, PAUL GREGORY – Guitar/ Production, OL KETTERINGHAM – Drums/ Piano, BOB ALLAN – Bass, Additional/ associated members:ANGELA CHAN – Violin/ Cello/ Viola

"Through the Cellar Door" is the latest single from Lanterns on the Lake.

Lantern On The Lake second album “Until the Colours Run” is borne of loss, turmoil and doubt on every level: Adam and Brendan Sykes left the UK quintet following their 2011 debut “Gracious Tide, Take Me Home”, the remaining members were scrambling to finish the record with almost no financial resources. Singer Hazel Wilde has cited the grim economic outlook of her homeland as a main lyrical influence. And so, there you have itUntil the Colours Run” certainly doesn’t lack for external drama, serving as both a make-or-break album and a reintroduction. This is progress for Lanterns on the Lake, based on Paul Gregory’s string-laden arrangements and production. “Until the Colours Run” is warmer and more organic than its predecessor, though still squarely within indie rock’s “baroque” settings, nearly every component given a pleasingly faded luster: silvery guitar figures that twinkle, glisten and decay, echoing drums that sound both intimidating and fragile, a sobering layer of reverb over Wilde’s vocals. Whether it’s the all-out, crescendoing assaults of “Elodie” or the one-take piano ballad “Green & Gold“, Until the Colours Run always bears the weight of its struggles, expressing even its joy in antiquated and Americanized imagery of unemployment lines and buffalos; as indicated by the record’s key line of “we’ll drink and sing on the breadline,” happiness rarely exists on its own terms, but rather as a counter to exceedingly difficult circumstances.

Lanterns On The Lake are a five-piece Indie Rock band from Newcastle Upon Tyne in the North of England. The band is composed of Hazel Wilde, Paul Gregory, Sarah Kemp, Oliver Ketteringham and Andrew Scrogham. signed to the excellent Bella Union record label,

This is a song recorded for the Generator Sessions feature unique collaborative grand piano based performances from four of the best emerging artists in the North East scene: The Lake Poets, Tessera Skies, Trev Gibb and Ajimal, plus very special guests Lanterns on the Lake. Check out the other sessions on the internet,





JO HAMILTON and her new album project “Fractals” with a world premiere to be performed in full at Durham Cathedral in mid July. A live music performance with 3D projections and art installations it promises to be something very special. check out Jo’s earlier album “Gown”
support will be from the superb Bella Union band LANTERN ON THE LAKE