New music festival to shine spotlight on homegrown artists in Oxford and Lincoln


Pale Blue Eyes
Homegrown artists will join Coach Party, Opus Kink, Prima Queen and Play Blue Eyes (pictured above) in Lincoln and Oxford

Beam Me Up has added a slew of local homegrown artists to the bill for the new music festival coming up at The Drill, Lincoln (10 February) and O2 Academy in Oxford (11 February 2023). 

Coach Party, Opus Kink, Prima Queen and Play Blue Eyes play on the main stage of both cities, with several local acts handpicked to join the bill. 

Playing in Lincoln on the ‘Back to Mono’ stage will be Ben Simmons, Jaz Beeson, Talmont and Sukko, and a special guest to be announced.

Beam Me Up Oxford sees Joely, Danny Melin, Aphra Taylot, and Emily Jeffri take to the Truck Store stage with a special guest still to be revealed.

New music festival to shine spotlight on homegrown acts in Oxford and Lincoln
New music festival to shine spotlight on homegrown acts in Oxford and Lincoln

Jake Pell, Beam Up Me, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing some of the finest local acts to the second stage at Beam Me Up. We have been lucky enough to team up with Truck Store in Oxford and Back to Mono in Lincoln to highlight the best each city has to offer, and we are sure everyone who comes along to this first Beam Me Up will love what is on offer.”

Indie rock quartet Coach Party have been acclaimed by the likes of Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq and Radio X’s John Kennedy, who dubbed them as ‘primed to explode’. Picked up by London label Chess Club famed for breaking new talents such as Wolf Alice and Jungle, and with a well-received EP under their belt, anticipation is high for their brand of pop delivered with plenty of wit by this Isle of Wight band. 

Already earning a reputation for their exhilarating live shows, Opus Kink is a six-piece from Brighton that brings a brass-infused rock n roll to the stage. Somehow apparent chaos transforms into deep grooves from these exciting jazz punks who released their debut EP on the tastemaker label Nice Swan records earlier this year. 

Label stable mate Prima Queen is an all-female indie/alternative rock band fronted by songwriting duo and best friends Louise Macphail (Bristol, UK) and Kristin McFadden (Chicago, USA). Combining vulnerable and nostalgic storytelling with light-hearted lyrical imagery, their bitter-sweet and gritty style draws influences from artists such as Alvvays, Julia Jacklin, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus.

Expect modernist pop music from Pale Blue Eyes, a trio who released their debut album with Full Time Hobby, the indie label that champions original and creative new music. The sweet synth lines and metronomic guitar riffs give the album a transportive, mind-shifting mood and show the band reacting to difficult times by making an album that pulses with exhilaration, beauty and joy.

Joining the line-up on the Lincoln bill are L.A.Sunday and Midnight Rodeo, while Self Help and The People Versus are on the Oxford leg. 

Promoters Jake Pell (A New View Music) and Joe Davies (BTW Presents) are behind the new festival.

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