AL BAIRRE Announces Debut UK Shows London and at The Great Escape

AL BAIRRE Announces Debut UK Shows London and at The Great Escape - Photo Credit Caroline Mackintosh

Al Bairre (pronounced Al-Bear) are Nic Preen (vocals and guitar), Kyle Davies (guitar), Twins Julia and Tessa Johnson (violin, cello, keys, vocals) and Tom Kotze (drummer). From Cape Town, they combine cello, violin, guitars, and keys with ukulele and drums, and count Arcade Fire, The Cure, Vampire Weekend, Dexys Midnight Runners and Fleetwood Mac in their influences. They will bring their Afro beat guitar driven pop to the UK for the first time in May. 

Al Bairre recently released their latest single and video for Bungalow in South Africa, and they have announced they will make their UK live debut in London and at The Great Escape in Brighton. They plan to release their debut album in the UK in February 2016.

11th – The Half Moon, Putney
12th – The Barfly, Camden
16th – The Great Escape, Komedia Studio Bar (Afternoon Set)
16th – The Great Escape, The Prince Albert (Evening Set)
20th – The Bedroom Bar, Shoreditch

London tickets are available from the venues or Ticketweb.

AL BAIRRE Announces Debut UK Shows London and at The Great Escape - Photo Credit Caroline Mackintosh

Photo Credits Caroline Mackintosh

Getting together at the beginning of 2012, and all now aged between 22 and 24, Nic, Kyle, and twin sisters Julia and Tessa wanted to create a musical momentum focussed on energetic live performances characterised by distinctive Afro guitar and string arrangements, alongside the twins’ harmonies. Their goal at the outset was to take their catchy indie pop melodies and turn them into a colourful ‘ice cream of orchestral sounds.’  High profile support slots quickly followed, and they were soon gracing the stages of Alt-J and The Hives, among others.

Their debut EP When I Was Tall, released in 2012, went on to receive international exposure via campus and online radio stations, and was featured as part of Vodacom’s London 2013 Fashion Week soundbed, and a TV ad for Vodafone, starring Lewis Hamilton and Jensen Button. We Move On – Al Bairre’s second video – was featured in a television ad for Hershey’s Bits in the US.

At the beginning of 2014 the band were awarded two of South Africa’s prestigious MK Awards, winning Best Newcomer and Best Budget Video for We Move On. They were honoured when asked to open the Awards ceremony on the night, and duly stepped up with an explosive performance of Tunnels.

Playing in the UK for the first time sees them hugely excited. “Yeah, we’re frothing to perform for people outside South Africa. We heard Brits really know how to dance!” says Kyle. “We are also very excited to spend a few days in Brighton watching all those bands and eating ice cream. We have heard very good things about Brighton’s ice cream.”

Al Bairre – energy, a colourful pop sensibility, African rhythms, twins, and a song called Bungalow, all in the same sentence.

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