Posts Tagged ‘Margate’

Diving is about desire and anxiety in equal measure,” explains Art School Girlfriend (AKA Polly Mackey). Written during a shift in Mackey’s personal life, the lyrics muse on the anticipation of new possibilities in her relationship. Grounded in quintessential Art School Girlfriend production elements – cavernous space, swathes of reverb and great rushes of air – Mackey’s vocal is centered in the ebb and flow.


‘Diving’ is the second side to Mackey’s most recent single ‘Come Back To Me’. Both tracks will be available soon on a double-A 7” vinyl.

released June 12th, 2019

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Introducing Art School Girlfriend – the most recent signing to Paul Epworth’s record label, Wolf Tone (The Horrors, GlassAnimals). Formerly the lead singer in Wrexham’s dark and beautiful Deaf Club, Polly Mackey relocated to Margate, signed to Paul Epworth’s Wolf Tone label, and became Art School Girlfriend. While the tracks glitch and hum with an analogue meets electronic euphoria reminiscent of early The xx, still the same is her smoky and entirely intoxicating vocal, turning deeply introspective lyrics into captivating story lines.

Her music is atmospheric and stark in equal measure, exploring themes of lust, queer identity, infatuation and disillusionment.

Taken from the Measures EP out now on Wolf Tone.


Following a sensational sold-out launch year, By The Sea is back, announcing first acts for the 2016 line-up, with two other special guest headliners and more acts to be announced over the coming weeks. Taking place over Friday 30th September – Saturday 1st October, By the Sea is the only UK festival that combines big name artists, the hottest rising bands amidst a unique and quintessentially British setting; the iconic Dreamland Margate amusement park.

Headlining this year’s festival on the Friday will be Welsh rock royalty, the Super Furry Animals, whose nine albums have consistently charted in the UK top 25 over the past 20 years. Also headlining are Mercury-nominated indie band Wild Beasts, who will bring their dreamlike art-rock and synth-pop sounds to Dreamland.

On the Saturday Camden alt-rock quartet Wolf Alice will play their first ever festival headline after selling out four consecutive nights at London’s Forum. Stay tuned for one more special guest headliner to be announced over the coming weeks.

A crowning UK indie-pop act, Mystery Jets are also confirmed for 2016. They have been consistently releasing quality records over their 20-year career, and returned this year with their highest-charting record to date Curve of the Earth. Joining them will be Australian psychedelic-rock group Jagwar Ma; acclaimed musician and producer of Hot Chip and The 2 Bears-fame Joe Goddard and Ibibio Sound Machine, who will be bringing their African-influenced sound to By the Sea, led by charismatic British/Nigerian singer Eno Williams.

Composer / acoustic performer Anna Meredith will also be playing, as well as Let’s Eat Grandma, aka Rosa and Jenny, who, at just 16 years old, are one of the most-hyped acts of this year. Fellow all-girl sensation The Big Moon and singer-songwriter and co-founder of The Coral Bill Ryder-Jones are also on the billing alongside former Race Horses frontman turned chamber-pop stunner Meilyr Jones, with more acts to be announced shortly.

Dreamland Margate provides a distinctive setting for live music, with last year’s headliners Foals and Hot Chip playing in historic rooms such as the Roller Room and The Ballroom. This time around, the event adds the spacious Hall By The Sea. Initially the home of a dance hall and a variety entertainment show in the late 19th century, the venue has seen performances from such legendary artists as The Who, Rolling Stones, T-Rex and Hawkwind.

Weekend tickets are available from Thursday May 5th at £67.50. Once again these include access to the restored, recreated and retro-fitted Dreamland amusement park, with new rides added all the time. With such a winning combination of location and line up, tickets for this year’s event are set to sell out as fast as last year (tickets for the Foals day sold out in mere minutes).