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Monday 17 April 2023



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Taking its cues from The Cranberries and Cocteau Twins is this gorgeous new single about friendship and solidarity from North Wales alt-pop quartet Hourglvss. Consisting of best friends Katie Benbow (vocals/keyboard), Sophie May Williams (vocals/keyboard), Rosie Hamilton (guitar) and Lauren James (drums), the group, who work out of Benbow’s ‘Vintage Hearts’ clothing warehouse, have already found fans in Jack Saunders at BBC Radio 1, Lauren Laverne at 6 Music and BBC Introducing. Written, produced and recorded by the group, Calling delivers a dreamy slice 80s tinged pop with a sprinkling All Saints-esque hue about it. Perfect for sun-dappled alt-pop editorial playlists and further spins on radio. This past weekend, the group have been supporting Nimmo on tour and later this month will play Liverpool Sound City on the BBC Introducing Stage before attending the Focus Wales and Isle of Wight Festivals. One to watch.


Label: self release
Publishing: Sentric
Radio, Press, Online & TV: Erin Brown, Someone Great PR 
Live & Management: Jonnie Bee 

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Comment, Opinion, Analysis and Reports
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Showbiz and News
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  • IMPF celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, with a series of occasions planned throughout 2023 to mark the milestone. (RotD)
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  • Ozzy Osbourne pictured on a stroll in LA with his assistant. (Star p14)
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