LIVE FROM THE POLAR BEAR: POLO & CHARLOTTE WITH SUPPORT FROM LUCY TESSIER
Yorkshire outfit Polo might hail from Leeds, but the band's glacial atmospherics and lush, r'n'b-tinged pop are an ethereal world away from the spit'n'sawdust DIY scene that the city's best known for.
After receiving the coveted PRS 'Women Make Music' grant, Polo released their debut EP, 'Alice', in March, 2017. Following this, the trio received high profile coverage from the likes of Noisey, Wonderland, Stereogum, DIY and Clash, as well as multiple BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 plays, XFM play-listing and Amazing Radio play-listing. That year, Polo completed their first UK tour, selling out small venues across the country.
Throughout 2018, Polo have continued to push their niche of affective, dappled synth pop with their most recent single 'Louder Than Words'. The single propelled Polo to further recognition and affirmed their growing abilities as songwriters of clout even without the extra playful, plinking synth splashes. The track excelled an already impressive festival season, announcing performances at key festivals such as The Great Escape, Live at Leeds, Hit the North, Evolution Emerging, Tramlines and The Great Exhibition of the North. This was complemented by the bands largest and most successful tour to date, a string of Radio 6 plays and the announcement that they will be supported by Tipping Points Records, proving once again that 2019 will be their year.
"Polo deliver glass-shattering production and coloured with slashes of sparse and beautiful vocals"
"the [trio] specialise in a vaguely RnB inspired sound that marries crisp, intelligent production with a lyrical edge and, of course, McHugh's strong vocals."
"Sexy indie electronica that gives the East Coast USA a run for it's money"
- Indie Shuffle
"glistening gossamer pop"
Certainly one to watch in the upcoming industry, Lucy Tessier is an 18 year old Hull based singer songwriter renowned for her powerful vocals and intelligent lyricism. Writing with passionate and enchanting lyrical intuition, she creates and performs acoustic/indie/pop music with raw, stripped back songs to upbeat electric indie rock. Known for performing in some of the North's most popular small-scale venues, Lucy has performed to packed out crowds throughout only the beginning of her music career. Playing at folk festivals and Hull's beloved Humber Street Sesh to anticipating crowds, she also posts her original songs and covers on her YouTube channel, with the aspiration to gain a larger following and appeal to a range of demographics. Now also the front woman of the Hull band DIVE, listeners of the young singer songwriter are anticipating releases from the group as they continue to grow their audience and play in some of the North's most iconic venues. Listeners of Lucy's music can expect the influence of artists such as Phoebe Bridgers, Dodie, Orla Gartland, Sam Fender and Billie Marten.
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Presented by The Polar Bear and The Sesh