Discovery 2 Preview: Chase The Ace, The Manic Shine, The Undivided, Nakisha Esnard and Samson

Apr 23, 2015 by

Here’s the preview for Discovery 2’s April showcase. You’ll hear a track from each of the artists and a preview of the evening presented by event promoter Alex KW and myself. This month’s gig night features some jaw dropping rock acts including Chase The Ace, The Manic Shine and The Undivided. You’ll also hear the effervescent Nakisha Esnard fusing reggae, opera and hip-hop, and singer-songwriter Samson. In between you’ll get the legendary Discovery 2 DJ Delphi, all from the 229 Venue in Great Portland Street, London.


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  • When: Thursday 30th April, 2015
  • Doors: 7.30pm  Show starts: 8.00pm
  • Venue: 229 The Venue , 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN
  • Tube: Great Portland Street
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  • Tickets: £7 in advance or £10 at the door
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More about the artists


Chase The Ace are sleaze drippin’ and hard rockin’ . Bringing you a slick modern twist on the guitar wailing, drum crushing bands of the 80’s, Chase The Ace’s approach of “running as fast as you can with your eyes closed” is proving itself. In their short time of existence, the four-piece Rock band released a well praised debut album named ‘Are You Ready’, absolved 5 European tours through UK, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Holland, played more than 50 headline shows as well as several festivals, and keep on conquering the rock charts around the world. Chase the Ace pride themselves with innovative and eccentric stage performances, captivating the audience, whereby their influences such as AC/DC, Van Halen, MötleyCrüe aspire but nevertheless are presented in an original and modern sound.

“Takes an AC/DC blast and sleazes it up. A simple formula but you’ll be singing it for days on end.” – Fireworks Magazine 2015

“These guys rock fairly good on a par with many established acts. The fun vibe is supported by well penned songs and strong instrumentation, all crowned by a first rate production for an indie. A really enjoyable collection of rockers from a new promising band. Keep an eye put on them.” – 0DayRockz

“Pure Rocknroll!” – Ultimate Guitar


Linking alt-rock and ambient sounds with towering riffs and pounding rhythms may sound tough for some but The Manic Shine take it all in their stride. Never a band to shy away from experimentation, 2014’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Let Go Or Be Dragged’ showcased a tour de force of rock musicianship and genre-bending, with songs lamenting the contradictions of modern life.

The last year has seen the band go from strength to strength, gaining support and spins on XFM’s The Rock Show to featuring in Kerrang! on Scuzz TV and many plays on BBC Introducing. The past 6 months have seen the band deep in writing and rehearsal for a new EP. Now with producer Lee Batiuk (Deaf Havana) on board and a new explosive offering planned for release in the fall and national tours to support, the London quartet are set for a busy and exciting 2015.

“Melting our ears…Alt Rock + Big Riffs = This lot. Absolutely Thumping!” – Kerrang!

The Manic Shine return with an album choked full of intelligent intricate riffs, relentless melodies and catchy hooks.”- Amazing Radio, Rock Show


One of the most exciting anthemic rock acts to emerge from South Wales in decades . They’ve supported  Kids In Glass Houses, The Dirty Youth, IDivide, Ask and Xerts. Festivals so far Merthyr Rock, Camden Rocks, Nightmare Fest. The Undivided secured a sync placement for the instrumental version of ‘Headlights’ from the previous album ‘This New Day’ on the opening and closing credits of BBC 4 Royal Institute Christmas lectures, screen on  29th, 30th and 31st December 2014.

The band are heading over to Canadian Music week and receiving US and Canadian College radio airplay which has already awarded them a CMJ radio distinction. They have recently written and produced their new music with Dan Weller (Sikth).

“The Undivided have a knack for writing anthemic songs as big as the mountains that overshadow their hometown of Abergavenny” – Kerrang! Magazine

“Wingman guitarist Bray does a fine line in stadium trashing intros, and numbers like ‘Open Your Eyes’ and ‘Panic’ are immediately mesmerising. Singer Joe comes alive on these numbers too, as if he knows Bray’s scorching intros, a collision of U2, early Simple Minds, and SLF, are something to follow and indeed match.” –


A soulful singer, multi instrumentalist and Poet from Bedfordshire who creates a mixed genre of music on her current instrument of choice, a ukelele.  It gives a great island sound for her style of reggae and her soulful voice resonates well with her chosen chords. Nakisha is the Inventor of Opera Reggae! Her ability to freestyle and interact with her audiences are a big part of why Nakisha’s shows are unique. She has toured extensively in the Uk for the past 2 years and recently supported Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

“The UK continues to be a hotbed for original, fresh, creative and innovative musical talent. Vocalist, composer, writer, pianist and ukulele player Nakisha Esnard definitely ticks all of the aforementioned boxes.” – UK Vibe Magazine


A  London born singer/songwriter, currently in the process of writing and recording his own original material. Having recently graduated from the university of Leeds, you will find Samson making his way around London’s gigging circuit, while performing a combination of covers and original songs.