Venue: The Cumberland Arms
When: Tuesday 18th July
Performance Times: 4.30pm starting with support from Isabel Maria & JENALI
Tickets: £10 Full Price / £5 Concession / £3 'No Questions' (maximum 10 available online only). Booking fees apply.
Running Time: Approx. 45-60 mins
Age Recommendation: 14+
Eclectic female fronted alt rock band, Labyrinthine Oceans
Labyrinthine Oceans are a Newcastle based female fronted experimental alt rock band (try saying that three times), which fully formed in early 2022. They create dreamscapes of guitar based noise, featuring soaring guitar solos and sultry but slightly gritty vocals.
Inspired by 90s alt, grunge, psychedelia, shoegaze and good old rock and roll, they create something that is not necessarily identifiable but very much exciting. Labyrinthine Oceans pair their eclectic soundscapes with captivating visuals, both live and across their various social platforms (@labyrinthineoceans)
Featured on BBC Introducing by Nick Roberts and Rebecca Cook regularly, they've landed a spot on the BBC Introducing June 2023 playlist following the release of their debut studio EP 'The Deep End'. They also appeared on a BBC Introducing stage at Summer Streets festival 2022 and are regulars on the Newcastle show.
They have the support of local press and can often be spotted in NARC, The Crack and NE Volume magazine with rave reviews and features. Fans of Radiohead, my bloody valentine, Beach House, Joy Division, Avenged Sevenfold, Nirvana, Slowdive and Hole may find glimmers of influence sprinkled throughout L.O <3
Labyrinthine Oceans is: Julia O’Neill (vocals, guitar), Toby Flynn (bass, guitar), Daniel Jackson (guitar).
17-year old County Durham-based songwriter Isabel Maria identified a love of storytelling as a small child, but it wasn’t until her grandfather gifted her a keyboard that she began playing an instrument.
Her involvement in Sunderland’s Young Musicians Project encouraged her to use her love of language to write her own songs, a process which became a cathartic experience for the burgeoning young songwriter.
Citing artists like Taylor Swift, Joni Mitchell, Olivia Rodrigo (who her debut single Catharsis often gets compared to) and Lorde as inspirations, Isabel’s storytelling-driven music spans indie and pop genres, often with an intriguing edge.
Having worked with Liverpool-based producer Dan Scholes for early singles Catharsis and Is It Over Yet, both of these singles were awarded finalist positions in the UK Songwriting Contest 2021 and 2022 respectively, as well as generous BBC Introducing and media coverage.
Her more recent material recorded with South Shields’ Harbourmaster has also earned her wide acclaim, with this including a winning Northern Writers Award from New Writing North in June of 2023.
A keenly observant songwriter, Isabel’s upcoming material further explores themes around mental health, pain, love and healing. With the increasing maturity of Isabel’s music comes explorations of various new sub-genres and the keen development of her busily active live band.
Wears wigs and writes songs
JENALI is a 19 year old queer artist from Sunderland who strongly advocates for mental health and equality through their music. They participated in a project with Field Music in 2021, and have since been thriving in Laura Brewis' Young Musicians Project. Their music alters from soft rock to sometimes depressing indie pop ballads. Some of JENALI's notable performances were at Alphabetti Theatre, Cumberland Arms, Independent, and the Central Bar.