New Year New Artists

Vels Trio + purpleshirt

Sage Two

Experimental group Vels Trio are Jack Stephenson Oliver (keys), Cameron Dawson (bass) and Dougal Taylor (drums).

Their live show has garnered a diverse array of fans and admirers, and has propelled them to share stages with acts such as Sons of Kemet, Moses Boyd’s Exodus and Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles.

With a keen desire in improvisation, Vels Trio’s sound can be characterised by their heavy grooves, emotionally charged songwriting, coupled alongside expressive, progressive modern musicianship to create an excitingly frenetic, and irrestistibly engaging live sound structures.

“…dreamy space-jam, mixing up fragments of fusiony riffs with big washes of electronic sound to dramatic and very contemporary effect that borrows from jazz, rock, hip hop and funk without sounding like any of the above.”Jazzwise Magazine

Three-piece band purpleshirt impressed greatly during their Summer Studios residency at Sage Gateshead in August 2018 with their electric live show. Math rock meets upbeat jazz in one of their first public performances as a group.

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