The Beat Happening Sessions presents… The Laurel Collective and Ex-Lion Tamers, plus the newest side-project from Art Brut

The Beat Happening Sessions presents…




Friday 27th February, The Enterprise, 2 Haverstock Hill, Camden, London

Hot on the heels of the Beat Happening Bash, which in 2009 saw the likes of Micachu & the Shapes, Chrome Hoof, Screaming Tea Party, Art Brut, Capitol K, Goldielocks and Bearsuit performing or spinning tracks at their monthly events at the Camden Monarch, comes the Beat Happening Sessions. Following the event’s successful launch, which saw Pete and the Pirates take to the stage for a acoustic set and live interview, comes the second instalment in the shape of London-based art pop sensations The Laurel Collective.

The concept is simple: the band performs a live set, and then the writers of Beat Happening magazine interview the band on stage. Following the interview is a live audience q & a. What makes your favourite band tick? What inspires their lyrics? What do they prefer, jam or marmalade? Ask them yourself at the Beat Happening Sessions. The added twist is that the interview will then be published in the subsequent issue of Beat Happening magazine, one of London’s most reputable new music magazines, which in the past year has seen its pages adorned by the likes of Nick Cave, Mars Volta, Battles, Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols.

The Laurel Collective, hailing from Italy, Nigeria, Wales and England, create 80’s-influenced experimental alt-rock, jam-packed full of melodic eccentricity to melt hearts – having been compared to the likes of The Mystery Jets and ‘a weeping Morrissey being shot out of a canon’, they’re one of the most exciting new bands on London’s indie scene – Steve Lamacq certainly thinks so, having last summer made ‘International Love Affair’ his single of the week on BBC 6 Music. Beat Happening will be chatting to them on-stage about their plans for the year ahead.

Support comes from London’s much-hyped Ex-Lion Tamers – named after the Wire song of the same name, they’re proudly carrying the baton for scuzzy lo-fi post-punk into 2009. Finally, following The Laurel Collective’s set and interview will be a showcase of Fulcher, Smith and Dance, the newest project to come from Art Brut members, Mikey B and Jasper Future. Like a new romantic Joy Division, their songs drip with heartfelt passion and burst with energy.

Entry is 5 English pounds, on’t door.

The Beat Happening Sessions

Friday 27th February, The Enterprise, 2 Haverstock Hill, Camden, London

Doors: 7.30pm

Tickets: £5 – buy your here:



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