Muntu says: "My passion is African history; it’s past glory, present fragility and diverse riches. My ambition is to increase awareness, enlighten, empower people and invoke a positive future for Africa with the rest of the world. My music is a result of all of this, rooted in the blues, mixing African traditions with striking modernity and technical mastery."
The Cameroonian is indeed a master and his performance will be a rare treat for those present to experience his music.
Over the last couple of years Dahlia Sleeps have risen from being Soundcloud sweethearts with over half a million plays on the platform to the UK’s next big pop band, stacking up almost 1.7 million Spotify streams and 3 million YouTube views in that time. In between their online success they’ve also sold out London venues Sebright Arms and The Lexington, been included on Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent list, received Radio 1 airtime and accolades from taste-makers across the blogosphere.
Their second EP ‘After It All’, which follows 2017’s four-track release ‘Breathe’ will be released on the 1st June, showcases their increasing pop sensibilities whilst retaining the intimacy and endearing fragility of their original Soundcloud demos. As well as a more developed production style they continue to show a willingness to tackle difficult subject matter with grace and poise. Lucy Hill’s song writing is even more poignant than ever before, with the record covering deep and personal themes from grief and loss, to love and homophobia. Despite the EP’s tough subjects, the band delivers some of its most upbeat efforts to date. ‘Rise’ a future LGBTQ+ anthem saw success on Spotify when released as a single last year, which has as much to do with its addictive chorus and epic guitar melodies as its important message. ‘Only You’, an intoxicating fall into luscious synth arrangements and furiously catchy vocal samples, shows a band hurtling full speed towards mainstream success.
O MATÆUS is a young singer-songwriter from Canterbury, an ex-chorister and classically trained cellist, exploring and developing his emotional connection to a life surrounded by music.
Dark undertones and words filled with passion and trouble rule his creative style with every note being connected to a moment in time that has passed. He wants to make you feel what he has felt, and with soaring falsetto lines, simple yet intricate guitar licks and raw intensity he brings those feelings back to life in the short time-span a song gives. He openly shares his life to all those willing to listen, and if you listen closely enough you may begin to see the world through his eyes.
With influences of the likes of Daughter, Ben Howard, Marika Hackman, Lucy Rose, Enter Shikari, Bring Me The Horizon and a wide range of classical composers, O MATÆUS wishes to create a unique style of material to hear, whether it be heard in a small bedroom or echoing concert venue, music is his life, and he wants to share it with the rest of the world.
ABOUT THIS EVENT
Since our first season in 2013, our event at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden has always inspired audiences in a unique and thrilling way. This season of events captures the essence of a weekend rural festival in the centre of Dalston on a Tuesday evening.
The phenomenal surrounds of the garden combine with delicious pizzas from David Latto, and a supreme and ever-evolving roster of acts, to create a magical atmosphere which brings people together in a friendly and welcoming space.
It's a community of music-lovers, summer-lovers and life-lovers, brought together to celebrate the warm months in a carefree and supportive atmosphere, with a compelling live soundtrack.