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Jamie xx and Friendly Fires to kick off RizLab

Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires

RizLab is a project created to allow credible, pioneering artists to freely experiment and embrace their personal passions. Launched to create interesting and innovative music experiences, RizLab embodies the new and the unexpected. Whether live or in the studio, visual or aural, solo or collaborative, the RizLab projects will offer unique, spectacular, one-off experiences.

At the head of RizLab is a duo of creative curators; two people that have spent their careers forging new musical experiences, both recorded and live.

Moshi Moshi founder Stephen Bass is a renowned talent spotter, having released early work from the likes of Lykke Li, Florence + The Machine, Hot Chip and The Drums. Tom Baker is the man behind Eat Your Own Ears, one of the UK’s most bold and forward-thinking promoters. Both will curate RizLab for Rizla.

The first two projects will see Jamie xx and Friendly Fires each create a unique performance. Full details will be released in the coming weeks, but we can reveal that plans include visual collaborations and exploring the past and future of a defining music genre.

Go to for detail, tickets and updates as RizLab’s projects come to life.

The first fifty pairs of tickets for the Jamie xx event will be guaranteed to the first fifty applicants, after which, tickets will be allocated by free prize draw.

The Drums to play Heaven

The Drums to play Heaven

The Drums to play Heaven

Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham met at summer camp when they were children and have been best friends ever since. Soon after their initial meeting, they formed Goat Explosion and toured extensively in North America during their teenage years. Around 2003, Jonathan and Adam Kessler formed Elkland. In the meantime, Jacob formed a band called HORSE SHOES (Shelflife Records). Jonathan ultimately decided to take a few years off from writing music after becoming disillusioned with the music business and parted ways with Elkland in 2005.

Jacob and Jonathan started a band. The Drums were formed in late 2008

Relocating to New York, The Drums added former Elkland guitarist Adam Kessler on second guitar and NYC born drummer Connor Hanwick (formerly of lo-fi teen pop duo Cape Of No Hope) to the line up and set up a month long residency at a small club on the lower east side of Manhattan.

The Drums to play Heaven. Having just finished the NME Awards Tour with a triumphant show at London’s Brixton Academy, The Drums were crowned winners of the “Philip Hall Radar” award at NME awards on February 24th.

The quartet have now announced a new London headline show for June plus they’ll be playing Camden Crawl & Live at Leeds Festival as well:

30th April – Live at Leeds Festival, Leeds
1st May – Camden Crawl, London
Tuesday 8th June – Heaven, London

Heaven, London:
Under The Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NG
Tickets go on sale Friday 12th March

Released on March 29th, the first single from the album will be brand new track ‘Best Friend’, which has fast become a live favourite with its soaring chorus and guitarist Jacob Graham’s impassioned tambourine playing.

Additionally, The Drums will be appearing as the special guests on Florence and the Machine’s May UK tour.

Florence and the Machine support dates:

02-May – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
03-May – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
05-May – Edinburgh, Corn Exchange
06-May – Edinburgh, Corn Exchange
07-May – Blackpool, Empress Ballroom
09-May – Blackpool, Empress Ballroom
10-May – Wolverhampton, Civic Theatre
11-May – Wolverhampton, Civic Theatre
13-May – London, HMV Hammersmith Apollo
14-May – London, HMV Hammersmith Apollo
15-May – London, HMV Hammersmith Apollo

The Drums’ ‘Summertime!’ EP is out now on Moshi Moshi / Island Records.

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