With a hectic few years of success under their belts, The Arcadian Kicks return to the Isle of Wight Festival 2011 for the 4th year running with their indie mix of hard-edged sax, soulful guitar and pounding rhythms.
The group was first spotted by Jon Brookes from the Charlatans as he was a judge at one of the heats in the Surface Festival in Birmingham. At the time they were a set of school friends in classroom practice sessions who entered the Surface Festival on the off-chance. Jon saw enough potential to offer to personally manage them and has since set up a record company with partner Ian Light called One Beat Records, which distributes their music through EMI.
“The Arcadian Kicks entered the Surface Festival when they were just 17 years old and in a fairly raw form. Jon Brookes (drummer with The Charlatans), who was judging that day, saw enough potential that he felt could develop them into a major British band. Surface gave the band the initial opportunity and experience on a big stage and have helped promote the band’s progress ever since. Without Surface we wouldn’t of had the chance to work with one of the most talented new bands in the UK.”
(Ian Light – One Beat Media)
Since being discovered at the Surface Festival in 2007 they have moved forward leaps and bounds. June 2008 saw their first appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival, straight onto the Big Top Stage alongside Feeder and The Stranglers. In September 2008 they played at KerrangFest in Birmingham, and in November 2009 they performed live on BBC WM Introducing. In 2009 they played Isle of Wight for the second time. In 2010 they performed at T in The Park, the Wychwood Festival, Napa Live in Ayia Napa, and made their third appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival. They played KerrangFest again in September 2010, and are now set to play Isle of Wight Festival for the fourth time in June 2011.
They have recently finished recording their debut album which was produced & mixed by Mike Chapman (Blondie’s legendary producer of Parallel Lines, Eat To The Beat and Auto American amongst many other hit artists).
“Making this record was right up there with the best work I’ve done. Any time you get to work with kids who have their kind of skills, you are reminded on a daily basis of why you got into this business in the first place.”
They released their debut single, “19 Days”, in August 2010 on One Beat Records via EMI. It received a great reaction and picked up plays on BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, Kerrang and many others. Off the back of this they were awarded the prestigious “Band Of The Week” in UK national newspaper, The Independent.
Alongside touring, performing and writing new songs, the band have also built up their own club night over the last thee years called The Syndicate, which takes place at The Sound Bar in Birmingham. It attracts big crowds and quality guest bands from around the country such as Marner Brown, Poppy & the Jezebels, The Ruling Class, Tantrums and The Lines.
They plan to record with Chapman again in March 2011.
See them at Isle of Wight Festival 10th-12th June 2011.