By dustling, 03-Aug-2012 09:06:00
Ever since they stormed the Southeast music scene with their concept, Newrising's unique and fiercely driven sound has been making an impression the world over. From Bestival to Barbados, the Bedford to the Wedgewood Room, the Guildford based acoustic three piece have gone from strength to strength, drawing on a huge spectrum of influences to create a following that is growing as powerful as their music. With their largest gig to date (supporting Ed Sheeran at Thetford Forest to a crowd 8000 strong) freshly behind them, the band are coming home to the Halfmoon in Putney on August 16th.
It's no surprise that such an infectious sound - combining roots, reggae, funk and rock - caught the attention of the then-young Sheeran, who first met the band in 2008 at David Goo's open mic night at the Cross Kings, London. On Sheeran, Carter recalls "Before we went on we saw this kid with a loop pedal (who wasn't old enough to buy a beer yet) completely nail it on his own. It was pretty clear that he was drenched in talent and had a lot of potential even back then."
The feeling was mutual; Sheeran left, Newrising CD in hand, and contacted the band a few years later, asking the trio to play what would be his biggest headline gig to date and hailing their record as "one of my favourites for the past two years." Tickets for the gig sold out within 15 minutes - a new record for the Thetford Forest since the music events began 13 years ago. It was a gig packed with significance and perhaps just a hint of nostalgia for both Newrising and Sheeran; both bands now have hundreds of live performances under their belts, and sharing the stage for the first time in so many years gave the event a true 'back to roots' charm.
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