Our monthly local showcase welcomes up and coming artists, alongside some special guests. In May, Ashcroft Presents...

Sonic storytellers Dead Authors

Writing songs that weave introspective lyricswith dynamic soundscapes, Dead Authors explore the human experience through the medium of music, each track a new story in their sonic anthology.

Performing an ever expanding repertoire - featuring everything from angsty pop-punkanthems, life-affirming folk-rock, melancholic acoustic ballads and tempestuous progressive epics - blending vocal harmonies and instrumental changes to create songs that, while diverse in style, all have Dead Authors' unique character. Each show is like an engaging novel, a story journeying through crushing lows and glorious highs. You’ll leave yearning for a sequel.


Power pop from The Stayawakes and punk-rockers Everyone Lies

Named as an homage to the 1980’s slasher movie genre The Stayawakes are a four piece power pop ensemble from Portsmouth on the south coast. The band was formed by four lifelong friends that have a shared love for melodic hooks paired with loud guitars. Comparisons have been made to artists such as Teenage Fanclub, Weezer and Ash. 

They released their debut album titled “Dogs and Cats / Living Together” in the summer of 2018 on Bad Horror Recordings which was a rich dream-pop-punk-infused sonic landscape. 

Following a year's worth of touring their first record, including road trips with Harker and shows with bands as eclectic as Norway's Beezewax and Brighton's Skinny Milk, The Stayawakes released their second album "Pop Dreamz" on Engineer Records, in January 2021.

The Stayawakes

Event: Friday 6 May, 7.30pm
Tickets: £8 advance, £10 on the door

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