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Liz Lawrence & Shanade - June 1st 2013

Artist's website: Liz Lawrence

Liz Lawrence:

Ever since Liz Lawrence held her first 50p guitar at the age of eight, she was determined to make acoustic music an exciting, fresh and honest genre. Playing in punk and ska bands as a guitarist in her early teens, she found herself entranced and engaged in a full-blown love affair with live performance. Now heralding a new acoustic and electric guitar stage combination her fiery and precocious nature is hard to ignore as she marches through her tenderly crafted song-scapes. She takes you by the hand and walks you through her experiences as a youngster, a daughter, a lover and as a songwriter.

Following on from the hugely successful live-stream house concert in November 2012 when she performed from her flat in east London to hundreds of global watchers, Liz released her debut album ‘Bedroom Hero’ to her online supporters and the album peaked at #2 in the BandCamp charts. Liz embarked on a 20-date UK wide tour of fan’s living rooms in January 2013 before a more conventional venue tour through the spring. Combined with shows in Germany, Belgium and Holland and a new EP due out in April, it looks like 2013 will be year to keep an eye on Liz Lawrence, if she’s stays still for long enough…

Liz has supported artists such as; Scouting for Girls, Xavier Rudd, Ben Howard, Brooke Fraser, Young the Giant, Yoav, The Civil Wars, Michael Kiwanuka, Milow (Europe), Black a.k.a Colin Vearncombe (UK and Europe) and one of her idols Ani Difranco, who commented on Liz as "a beautiful artist who lives on the edge".

Press statements:

"Florence-minus-the-hollering, stomping stage routine hinting at a feisty little madam beneath the adorable, heavy fringe-adorned veneer, promising a new starlet in the making"
Q magazine

"Amazing" - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6

“Liz Lawrence is one of the hottest new troubadours around … we could be talking about a major artist this time next year”- Hot Press

"Ms Lawrence has the potential to be a fresh breeze sweeping through a stale form."
Julian Owen, Bristol Venue Magazine

“Very special... an organic songstress able to grab an unsuspecting crowd in the palm of her hand with only an acoustic guitar as her
accomplice. Highly proficient on the guitar, she was able to strum out laid-back acoustics as well quickening the pace and delivering songs packed with punches. Liz Lawrence is a fountain of potential. In a generation of sameness and tribute acts, she could truly illuminate
the folk genre. Look out for this one."
Paul O'Donnell, The White Board Project.


Since appearing on the acclaimed Rhythms Del Mundo albums alongside the likes of Amy Winehouse, Cat Power and Bruno Mars, Shanade’s career has been on a rapid ascent. With her unmistakable vocal and unstoppable energy, Shanade’s live performance has won her tours with the award winning Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate and seen her play some of the countries top venues including Earls Court, The Tabernacle, Warwick Arts Centre and The Lantern. With critically acclaimed tracks ‘Cry Wolf’ and ‘Loved First’ getting praise throughout the industry, Shanade is one of the U.K’s hottest properties.