Upstairs at Whelans, Dublin: May 15th, 2019.
Doors 8pm | Over 18's | ID Required
KAWALA announce Uk & Ireland Tour
Starting their musical journey while studying in Leeds, North London duo Jim (vocals) and Dan (acoustic guitar, vocals) quickly developed a distinctive sound. Deriving from their joint love of close vocal harmony, and rhythmic finger-style acoustic guitar, the pair started writing songs inspired by the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and Half Moon Run.
After breaks on platforms such as Mahogany sessions as an acoustic indie-folk act, they quickly moved back to London with aim of expanding their sound. Now signed to Mahogany Records and backed by a full band of Ben (drums), Reeve (bass) and Dan Lee (electric guitar), KAWALA have started making waves in the live scene, finding inspiration from a range of musical styles.
The sound has developed through the use of afrobeat-esque drums, atmospheric electric hooks and strong rhythmic bass, yet still maintaining the focus on the core indie-folk two part vocal and acoustic.
2018 was quite the year for KAWALA. They released their compelling debut ‘D.I.L.Y.D’ EP, which featured singles ‘Small Death’, ‘Do It Like You Do’ and 'Funky'. Amassed over 9 million streams. Played their third sold out London headline show, as well as appearances at Liverpool Sound City, Dot To Dot Festival and Neighbourhood Festival. They headlined BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders presents Hopscotch Tour alongside Apre and Sun Silva as well as performing at The Great Escape’s First Fifty showcase in November.
The KAWALA juggernaut continues apace in 2019 having been announced as support for Dodie on her UK and IRE tour in March, as well as appearances at Eurosonic, Live at Leeds, This Is Tomorrow and Neighbourhood Festival and their own headline UK and Ireland tour in May.