On Monday 4 December, BIMM will join DIY Magazine once again to launch their Class of 2018 list.
The launch party – which is now sold out – will take place at London’s The Borderline, with live performances from King Nun, Goat Girl, Our Girl and BIMM Brighton’s own Youth Sector. Our Group Head of Artist Development, Jake Shillingford put Youth Sector forward and explained why:
“The band have been fine-tuning their sound for 12 months now and are writing highly imaginative multi-layered power pop gems. With only a handful of gigs under their belt, Youth Sector are sure to turn some heads when they open the event.”
Speaking about their inclusion, Youth Sector’s Nick Tompkins (vocals/guitar), beamed: “It feels great to be chosen – we certainly didn’t think we would be! We’re really excited to play alongside some very impressive bands.”
There will also be a DJ set from Fiction Records’ The Big Moon at the launch party. Joining them will be Brighton shoe-gazers and tour inductees Our Girl, whose lead singer, Soph Nathan, studied guitar with us in Brighton before joining her most recent band.
The BIMM connections don’t stop there either. Headlining DIY’s Class of 2018 tour itself will be BIMM Manchester graduates and The 1975 label-mates Pale Waves, who also feature on the magazine’s December cover.
Giving his thoughts on Pale Waves, The 1975’s frontman Matt Healy told the NME:
“I was just so excited to hear a band that was positioned to the left, an alternative band, that was so in tune with pop sensibilities.”
The ‘shimmering goth pop future legends’ will hit the road in February, following a string of high-profile shows this year, including slots at Reading and Leeds and Madison Square Garden.
Away from the stage, this year’s Class of 2018 launch party will also be made possible by a group of talented Event Management and Music Business students from BIMM, who will provide a helping hand backstage and of Music Journalism students who will report on the event.
We’re very excited to be joining DIY once again and even more thrilled that not one, but three acts with a BIMM background will be heading up this year’s launch party and tour.
DIY’s Class of 2018 has long served as the music industry’s go-to guide for upcoming stars across all genres, which makes this occasion so special.
Tickets for the launch event are now sold out, but tickets for the tour are still available. Please note that doors are open to over 14s; under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.