At 11 tonight on UKNY, expect a stack of very new (or recent) releases from British bands and artists headed to New York next week or in the very near future—like Basement Jaxx, Cymbals and Jamie xx—as well as sunny and sublime summertime sounds from the jaunty Bologna-London dance duo M+A, Bristol's dreamy Meadowlark (pictured) and majestic Leeds quintet Dancing Years.
Tonight at 11, UKNY marks its first anniversary on WFUV. While the show usually focuses on emerging and established British artists, this week—in honor of Independence Day—the former colonies and the motherland converge for a British-American edition, celebrating bands and collaborations that bridge both countries, like Fleetwood Mac, Blood Orange and Friends' Samantha Urbani (pictured), Atoms For Peace, Big Deal, The Kills … and even Monty Python.
The Glastonbury Festival will be a mere sweet (and exhausting) memory by Monday, so on UKNY at 11 tonight, a few more of the artists and bands converging on Worthy Farm in Pilton, England this weekend, like M+A (winners of Glasto's Emerging Talent Competition), Lonely The Brave, Glass Animals (headed to New York on July 7) and The Rails (pictured). Also, other fine new releases from thoughtful singer-songwriter Emma Tricca, influential Glasgow rockers The Vaselines and much more.
FUV continues its live broadcast of the Clearwater Festival on Sunday afternoon and on UKNY tonight at 11, a preview of another great music and arts festival, Glastonbury. That iconic English extravaganza kicks off five days of sunny (or rain-soaked) bliss next week, June 25-29. We'll hear some of the disparate bands and artists making their way to Somerset's Worthy Farm this year, like Aquilo, Kasabian, Maya Jane Coles and The Rails, the folk rock duo of guitarist James Walbourne and Kami Thompson, who happens to be the daughter of Linda and Richard Thompson (who played at Clearwater earlier tonight). Also, brand new releases from the soulfully sleek Jessie Ware and rousing indie rockers Happyness.
Festival season is fully underway and on tonight's UKNY at 11, a sneak peek at a few of the emerging artists and bands headed for Glastonbury later this month like Londonderry's The Wood Burning Savages, 19-year-old Londoner Izzy Bizu and the South Australian sisters of Echo and the Empress (pictured). Also, new releases from Jon Hopkins with Lulu James, The Proper Ornaments and others.