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Thur 30th Nov 2017: Hoshino, The Velveteen Orkestra, Liv Austen, Anna Winkin

Its the final show of 2017 so we have a killer line up for the November ‘Discovery’. Rising band Hoshino mesh electronic and alternative groove laden beats. The Velveteen Orkestra with singer Dan Shears have a new album and we are delighted to have them returning to the 229. Country tinged pop singer, Liv Austen will be performing with her band as will Anna Wilkin who blends African and classical music with R&B and Soul. DJ Delhi will be on the wheels of steel.

Advance Tickets £7 at or Door £10

Date: Thursday 30th November 2017

Doors: 7.00pm Show starts: 7.30pm

Venue: 229 The Venue, 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN

Tel: 020 7631 8379


Tube: Great Portland Street



Hoshino is a melding of four minds as one. The band was formed in 2015 by Elloise, Adam, Matt and later joined by drummer Charlie. The smooth, soulful vocals of Ell intertwine with Adam’s intricate guitar grooves, Charlie’s driving rhythms & Matt’s popping basslines. Each element is glued together with bleeps & clangs and other worldly effects. Influences include Erykah Badu, Little Dragon, John Frusciante & Bonobo to name a few. Championed by BBC Introducing, the group have taken their music to new heights with much more on the way.

“Blending ethereal electro sounds with groove laden beats and sweet and soothing vocals which leave you wanting more.” Tom Simkins (BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire)



While weaving tales of love, heartache and fantasy with their intensely dark and ethereal style, The Velveteen Orkestra are proving themselves to be one of London’s most interesting and captivating bands. Beautiful, flowing vocal melodies, with lyrics that bring to mind carnivalesque lullabies written by a much older soul, cascade over delicate and intricate guitar work, soaring vocal harmonies, a surging ocean of orchestral sound and songs so immersed in passion and pathos that they’re sure to haunt the memory long after the first listen.

Embodying the essences of European folk and bluegrass as well as echoing the guitar-based indie stylings of The Smiths and Radiohead, Shears can gently pluck at your heartstrings while, at the same time, delicately slipping them around your neck.

"A true artist, a voice with a purity of tone I've not heard from a male singer before. A young man with a real potential for great success" – Mark Flannery (Producer - U2, Black Sabbath, Sonic Youth, Def Leppard)



Norwegian born country, pop singer-songwriter Liv Austen has already released two EPs independently and received early support from the likes of BBC Radio 2’s Paul Sexton. Austen has also performed at London’s acclaimed Country2Country festival on the back of which Liv was signed to NUA Entertainment, headed up by the well known producer/performer Paul Hardcastle, best known for his hit 'Nineteen'

Her latest single The Next Time was co-written with Jessica Sharman (Ward Thomas) and mixed by Ash Howes (Ellie Goulding, The Corrs), ‘The Next Time ‘is about finding the courage to tell someone they’ve used up all their second chances. It combines catchy pop hooks akin to the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen with Austen's crystalline vocals, country-inspired musicality and a rich storytelling charm, she has created something truly addictive.

''Love the song...Moving to the A-List'' Chris (Country Radio)

''...extremely catchy lyrics... a real belter of a song''- CelebMix



A London based singer, songwriter with Congolese and Belgian origins. As an artist, she finds her inspiration through nature and spirituality blending African and classical music with R&B and Soul. Her lyrics reveal the journey of self discovery that she is on and that she shares and expresses through music

Anna will be performing songs from her recently released debut EP 'Space for love'.

Winkin graduated with a first class honours degree in Popular Music Performance at BIMM London and completed a masters in Jazz at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She’s performed alongside established Jazz singers such as Liane Caroll or Anthony Strong. She also played a set of her original music at renowned music venue ‘Ronnie Scotts’. Furthermore, she played the role of Irena in Kurt Weil’s musical "Lost in the Stars" (directed by Jean Lacornerie and conducted by Scott Stroman) which took place at Union Chapel.

"Anna Winkin has the grace and style of Sade with delicate and powerful contemporary songwriting. One to watch!” Harry Leckstein (Tileyard Education)

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