Last Sunday night, the French electronic label Kitsuné took over London for a special night featuring its latest and most promising artists.
As a member of the French Music Office team, I could not miss the opportunity to attend such a gig, so I left my chocolate eggs away for a couple of hours, direction and headed to Heaven for some musical treats
First band on stage was Juveniles, a trio from Rennes – a French city well-known for its rock & electronic music scene and music festival Les Transmusicales. It’s not an easy job to warm up an audience, but that was merely a challenge for the three boys who delivered an efficient 20 minutes set including their single “We Are Young”. With such a catchy track for a starter, we’re looking forward to hear the band’s future sounds. Fortunately there’s not long to wait, as their next EP “One O Six” is due to be released next Monday, on April 16th. They’ll be touring in the UK this spring, check the dates below !
17 Apr King Tuts – Glasgow
18 Apr Tunnels – Aberdeen
09 May Garage – London
10 May The Great Escape – Brighton
Next on stage, Citizens! , surely the next British sensation. Everyone is ready to bet on that band produced by Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos and from what we’ve seen that night, it surely is a safe investment.
If they look a bit shy on stage at first glance, you quickly realize it’s just a facade resulting from their classy look. These guys sure know how to make you dance and before you know it, you’re headbanging on the rythm of their catchy pop, backed up by efficient guitar and keyboards parts. Starting with their hit “True Romance”, the concert gains momentum when the band plays its last single to date “Reptile”.
Their set allows us to discover more promising songs from their debut album “Here We Are” (May 28th – Kitsuné/Cooperative Music) such as “Let’s Go All The Way”. When the band end their set with the brilliant track “Girlfriend”, I can’t help to think that this set was too short. Hopefully, the lads have got some more dates coming up in London, including a residency at the Ridley Road Market Bar. Free entrance, no excuses.
13 Apr Power Lunches – London
18 Apr Ridley Road Market – London
04 May Koko ( Camden Crawl) – London
05 May Leeds Festival – Leeds
11 May Corn Exchange – Brighton
02 Jun Field Day – London
12 Jun Hoxton Bar & Kitchen – London
14 Jun King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut – Glasgow
15 Jun The Deaf Institute – Manchester
16 Jun Joiners – Southampton
17 Jun The Yardbird’s Jazz Club – Birmingham
18 Jun Soyo – Sheffield
21 Jul Secret Garden Party – Huntingdon