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Formed in 2011 by vocalist and songwriter Tom Beer and guitarist Dan Lucas, Bull’s mission is simply to make the music they wanted to listen to, inspired by their 90’s heroes such Pavement, Yo La Tengo and the Pixies. The rest of the band came together through a mix of friendships and happenstance. Drummer Tom Gabbatiss joined after he and Tom jammed together in bars while they were back-packing round Thailand, and Kai West had previously used to jump up on stage with the band and “Bez” (verb meaning to dance badly while intoxicated) before they eventually let him play bass. A unique group within the city’s already eclectic scene, the band’s sound mixes together their alt-rock influences along with Tom’s down-to-earth song writing and a particularly wry sense of humour that comes naturally to the four Yorkshiremen.

The Yorkshire four-piece deliver up this alt-rockin’ set, fully primed to send you into the weekend on a high note.

Our album ‘Discover Effortless Living’ is out on the 26th March on EMI Records.

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Orange Synthetic by Cobalt Chapel

After almost four years, Cobalt Chapel, are an English duo formed by multi-instrumentalist Jarrod Gosling and Cecilia Fage on vocals, flute and clarinet, The duo are back with “Orange Synthetic”. The first, self-titled album showed an exuberant band mixing strong folk writing with rich, progressive arrangements and a spacious, psychedelic sound.

Nominally, the album to be released on 29th January 2021 would be the second album, but it should be noted that between the debut and this second work we find an episode at the same time curious and fascinating. It’s “Variants”, an album in which the duo decides to revise/remix nine tracks from their debut, dilating them and increasing the psychedelia level.

But let’s come to “Orange Synthetic” which, as the band state, is an album strongly influenced by the area where the band live, Yorkshire, and which “is inspired by the humanity, anecdotes and folklore of the region, the creatures and legends of the dramatic landscape surrounding them”. The name in particular is linked to a singular incident that took place there about fifty years earlier. It was a jazz festival that, following the devastation brought by a storm, saw many of the spectators risk their lives, while the organiser was forced to wander the moors for days before being found. A singular story that, in moving from hopeful joy to moments of terror, seems to express effectively, according to Fage and Gosling, the feeling of the end of the world that is beginning to spread in our time. Paradoxically, however, it is the duo’s sunniest album. 

That album sleeve looks like every day out I’ve had in the beautiful countryside that surrounds us in Yorkshire. Cobalt Chapel have made an entire album called ‘Orange Synthetic’ about the place – about its history, folklore, nature and landscape. What a place! And the perfect subject matter for their style of music, one which includes all kinds of organ variants plus mandolin and recorders all topped off with Cecelia Fage‘s cut-glass vocal. 

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Raised in the rolling hills of North Yorkshire on artists such as Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, and Kate Bush, Billie Marten’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Writing of Blues and Yellows’, was released in 2016 when she was still just 17, while its follow-up ‘Feeding Seahorses By Hand’ was similarly lauded in 2019.

“Flora Fauna”, was recorded with Rich Cooper in London. Marten’s new material blends those signature hushed, resonant vocals with a rapid pulse and rich instrumentation, her inspirations now stretching from krautrockers Can, to Broadcast, Arthur Russell, and Fiona Apple.

Also completing musical Top Trumps is Guy Garvey from the band Elbow, providing guest vocals on the ‘Walnut’ track.

Built on the minimalist acoustic folk foundations she made a name for herself with, ‘Flora Fauna’ is a more mature, embodied album fostered around a strong backbone of bass and rhythm. Shedding the timidity of previous work in favour of a more urgent sound, the songs mark a period of personal independence for Marten as she learned to nurture herself and break free from toxic relationships – and a big part of that was returning to nature.

“I wasn’t really treating myself very well, it was a bit of a disruptive time. All these songs are about getting myself out of that hole – they’re quite strong affirmations. The name Flora Fauna is like a green bath for my eyes. If the album was a painting, it would look like flora and fauna – it encompasses every organism, every corner of Earth, and a feeling of total abundance.”

 I can’t begin to express to you how much I’ve wanted this to be in the world, I am so excited and ready. We started this thing a while back and it’s all stringing together quite beautifully now. A total fresh and untouched slate. Thank you ever so much for your patience and kindness throughout, and in the meantime, here is “Garden of Eden”. It’s about the competition to grow and constantly be better, about how we all desperately need to be fed and watered and given space to thrive, and yet we’re so subscribed to this idea of pushing and evolving that we’re not actually doing the living part. So my message to you is thank you and I hope you can slow down and FEEL again. X

There’s an absolute bombardment of new things to come so stay with me, Billie Marten.

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Long Division 2018 will take place on June 1st to 3rd in Wakefield City Centre across multiple venues. After a break in 2017 the festival will return with its largest and most diverse lineup yet.

The first tickets for Saturday June 2nd have been released. Information on the Saturday can be found here. More info on our artists and venues are also available, with many more of both to be announced.

However, to keep up with the latest information, sign up for our mailing list or follow us on social media (we like to give cryptic clues as to what we are planning).

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It’s startling to hear several generations of English folk-rock manifesting in the music of one 17-year-old girl. Nick Drake’s gentle whispers, Radiohead’s trembling balladry, the Staves’ breathless sonic panoramas and the quality of Laura Marling songs — those are just a few of the musical memories wrapped up in Billie Marten’s prodigious debut album Writing Of Blues and Yellows . Before voting age, she’s already consumed a lifetime’s worth of staggeringly beautiful music and synthesized it into a sound all her own. “Where does her start go from here?” she sings on breakthrough single  “Bird” We can’t wait to find out and Billie lets have a tour of the UK soon.



Every teenage balladeer hacking away at a guitar or piano imagines their songs unfolding into the kind of gorgeous sonic panoramas found on Billie Marten’s debut album, Writing Of Blues And Yellows. The difference in Marten’s case is that her songs really are that good, from their bare essentials all the way up to the outer reaches of their lush arrangements.
The album finds 17-year-old Billie Marten aka Isabella Sophie Tweddle in the cathedral city of Ripon  in Yorkshire  flexing a songwriting talent so powerful that “prodigious” feels like a major understatement. Perhaps reflecting her upbringing in the English countryside, her songs are rustic and dreamlike, refined in their construction and generous in their beauty. Fans of Laura Marling, the Staves, or Nick Drake will find a lot to love

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Billie Marten is the musical moniker of Isabella Sophie Tweddle. originally from Ripon, North Yorkshire.

As an early teenager, she began settling on her own brand of saintly songwriting and genteel vocals, uploading tracks to YouTube and watching as the plaudits came flooding in. By the age of 15, she’d been invited to take part in two TV talent shows – both of which she’d turned down – and had her songs Ribbon and Bird played on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music.

She’d also signed to Chess Club Records and released a flurry of folk-tinged lovelorn singles throughout 2015.

Now a spritely 17, she’s been tipped by Ed Sheeran, supported kindred spirit Lucy Rose on tour and featured on the influential 2016 BBC Sound of poll. As mad on James Blake as the sounds of PJ Harvey and Elliot Smith, her canny songwriting nous brings raw depth to her mainstream sound, guaranteeing love from all corners of the music world.

Now with latest well-received couple of EP’s and a fair few festival dates in the diary, Billie looks to be rising up the ranks at record ,Sounds like kindred spirits Laura Marling comes to mind but also for fans of Marika Hackman and Lucy Rose,

Writing music can be hard. Writing music with far fewer years of experience may prove harder, but not for 16-year-old singer/songwriter Billie Marten.

The Yorkshire soloist has been writing songs for her latest EP, As Long As, admirably between studying for her GCSEs. Take that and another EP released last year (Ribbon, which saw airplay from the likes of BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music, to name a few) and Marten’s creative output truly seems to belie her age.

On “Bird” we hear much of what of what the blogosphere has praised her for: a breathy, angelic vocal that resonates far beyond the notes it leaves behind. Here, poignant piano walks beneath Marten’s lyrics: “Hope is a distance unreached / ink on her skin incomplete / and the faint sound of friends / as she neared to the end she had peace”). It’s “a song about how words can truly affect people, not always for the right reasons”, she explains.


“Bird” appears on Billie Marten’s forthcoming EP, As Long As, released digitally via Chess Club Records released on (10” vinyl) .