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It's Okay (To Not Be Okay)

Artist: Julia Bardo
Label: Wichita Recordings
Impact date: Out now
ROTD featured date: Friday 15 January 2021

We say

The final artist on our look at artists performing at this year’s Eurosonic Noorderslag is Manchester-via-Italy singer, songwriter and guitarist Julia Bardo. Her musical journey began in Brescia in Northern Italy, where she sang and wrote lyrics for a local band between shifts at her father’s bar. She then relocated to Manchester for creative inspiration as a solo musician before meeting and then joining post-punk band Working Men’s Club. At the end of 2019, she decided to return to being a solo musician and since then has delivered a string of impressive alternative-pop releases. Along the way, she has picked up radio support from 6 Music, BBC Introducing, Radio X and Amazing Radio, as well as tastemaker support from the likes of the Line of Best Fit, Fader, Clash, Wonderland and Notion to name just a few. Drawing influences from the likes of Cate Le Bon, and Angel Olsen this contemplative song about survival, self-acceptance and positivity is her latest release. Doused in lashing of '60s tinged flavoured vibes, it is just one of the many beautiful tracks, including Please Don’t Tell Me and I Wanna Feel Love, that if you haven’t heard them yet, then you must. She’s been nominated for a Music Moves Europe Award with the winners being announced later tonight (15 Jan) at ESNS, but before that, you can watch her perform at 20.05 (21.05 CET) on ESNS 01.


Label: Ben Wileman, Wichita Records
Radio: Luke Ellis, PIAS
Press & Online: Beth Parnell, Bandwagon Press
Live: Ed Thompson, Free Trade Agency
Management: Damian Morgan, Mango Management 

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