Gig Preview: Discovery 2 with The Harlots, Kazo, Rosie and the Goldbug, Indigo Face and Whelligan

May 20, 2015 by

Our May Discovery 2 showcase on Thursday, May 28th features rock’n’rollers The Harlots who are launching their new single, Stockport band Kazo who play excellent dynamic rock, Cornish purveyors of hectic electronica Rosie and the Goldbug, the ethereal vocals of Indigo Face, and busking pop troubadour Whelligan.

The podcast contains a song from each of the artists as well as Alex KW’s and me discussing this show and other Discovery 2 news.


More about the artists

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A rock and roll four-piece straight out of London town.  They’ve got loads of energy and plenty of hit singles up their sleeves. In two years they have performed at Camden’s legendary Koko twice, toured across Europe and smashed the London circuit. The band have just finished recording the debut album with Top 10 producer Rory Atwell (Palma Violets/Vaccines).

“Top 5 best gigs at the club in the last ten years” (DEATH DISCO)

“Huge energy, like The Vaccines and Strokes in their early days” (UML)


Four young men from Stockport near Manchester who are playing it the old fashioned way. Learning their trade like the best bands did in the 60’s, playing gigs, where ever they can, crafting their live shows. Think early Led Zeppelin, mixed with The Red Hot Chilli Peppers with a sprinkling of Radiohead and you have some idea of what the guys are about.

In just under a year Kazo have been featured on countless radio stations in the UK, including the coveted ‘future classic’ slot on the North West’s largest rock station Real Radio XS performed at festivals and gigs around Manchester including an after show party for Noel Gallagher in Liverpool.

“Kazo’s songs stand by themselves. They’re dynamic and unequivocally unique. …. a band to watch out for.” – Dan Broad (Producer ofHappy Mondays, Peter Hook, Badly Drawn Boy, Johnny Marr).


Cornish purveyors of hectic electronica Rosie & The Goldbug are roaring into 2015 with a new record deal, live dates and a brand new single; ‘Running In The Dark’. Drawing on the vintage eccentricities of Alison Goldfrapp and Kate Bush and dripping with insanely catchy pop hooks, ‘Running In The Dark’ is released on May 4th via Public Recordings. The brainchild of lead singer and keyboard player Rosie Vanier and named after an Edgar Allen Poe story, Rosie & The Goldbug first came to the nation’s attention whilst still in their teens, with the release of their critically acclaimed debut, ‘Rosie & The Goldbug’ Throughout 2015 the band will be taking their new songs on the road.

“Somewhere between Siouxsie & The Banshees and Cyndi Lauper having a sing-off with Kate Bush.” Q Magazine

“A throwback to more interesting times.” -Simon Price, The Independent

“Kate Bush on crack with Goldfrapp on synths.” -The Guardian


Indigo Face are Italian singer/songwriter Mariachiara Terragin and French producer
and multi-instrumentalist Maxime Obadia. Mariachiara and Maxime are 2014 first-class honours graduates of BIMM (London) whose alumni include Tom Odell, George Ezra and James Bay. Single Fearless was supported last year by BBC Introducing London’s Gary Crowley and the band recently opened Sound for Sight fundraiser concert at The Tabernacle alongside Nate James and Byrn Terfel.
Indigo Face released their first EP, State Of Alert, on March 6th 2015 via Spinnup.

“Transfixing to say the least” -EQ Music Blog

“Their beats are infectious & their first EP ‘State Of Alert’ has got us asking – can it be the weekend forever? This may be the first time you’ve heard Scouted artists Indigo Face but trust us, they are here to stay.” -SPINNUP

“Stunning vocals and harmonies” -Muff Winwood


Hailing from Birkenhead on the sunny North West Coast of England, Jamie Whelligan is a pop troubadour in the classic late 60s mode, with a penchant for crafted songs; combining sweet melodies with unusual arrangements.

After releasing two eclectic albums online (Salad Days and Pipes Plus), he has recently added “The Dancing Bear EP” to his canon; a 4 track EP filled with with lush strings and drenched in sun-kissed, West Coast harmonies.

With his trusty acoustic guitar and the help of his accomplices; Nick Frater (production/keys) Jack Wolvey (drums), Simon Hempenstall (bass), Helen McLoone (flute) and Dave O’Connell (lead guitar), Whelligan has recently began translating his recorded material to venues around London.

Whelligan also performs his songs as a solo artist; most notably and regularly as a Busker on the London Underground