We’re back at the Summer Stage at St Martin-in-the-Fields!

Posted on July 3rd, 2024 by Natalie Brundle

This summer, come join us at The Summer Stage in the Courtyard of St Martin-in-the-Fields

Every Thursday (17:00-19:00) and Saturday (14:15-19:00) until the end of August you can pop down to the heart of London and listen to the best rising artists in the UK.

Set in the historic courtyard of St Martin-in-the-Fields, just off Trafalgar Square, entry is free all summer to this festival of Live Music.

Whether you choose to drop by for an evening, indulging in a glass of wine or beer while lounging in a cosy deckchair, or join us on the weekends with your friends and family for a delightful afternoon in the sun, our Summer Stage promises an unforgettable experience. Prepare to be captivated by a mix of jazz, soul, R&B, folk, country, and more, all performed by the most exciting emerging artists of today.

From jazz to pop, brass bands to indie singer-songwriters, there is something for everyone this summer.

Check out our website for a full listing of artists below.

See you this summer!

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Black Deer Festival 2024

Posted on June 27th, 2024 by Natalie Brundle

We had an incredible time at Black Deer Festival 2024 running the Caffè Nero Imagesound Stage.

With 36 acts over 3 days, we had live music running for 12 hours straight each day from 8am to 8:30pm. It was non-stop dancing, singing and cheering that included a remarkable 9 standing ovations from elated audience members.

Battling rain, wind and stunning sunshine, our tent stood proud through it all, not letting the music stop even with a short power outage on Friday!

We are honoured to work with such incredible artists, and feel privileged to be able to showcase their remarkable talent on stages like this.

We want to thank the crew of Caffè Nero, TALENTBANQ and Black Deer, as well as Ed, Thomas and Daisy on sound, and the amazing audience whose cheers could be heard from across the field! And finally to the artists, who continually make this all worthwhile.

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Caffè Nero Presents LIVE at Strawberry Field, Liverpool

Posted on June 11th, 2024 by Natalie Brundle

On Sunday July 14th, Caffè Nero Presents three exceptional artists at Strawberry Field. 

Jenny Colquitt, Daniel McGuinness and Kylie Price all feature on the Caffe Nero in-store playlist. Each has also played live in-store or appeared on a Caffe Nero festival stage.

Join us from 4pm at historic Strawberry Field. Previously the site of a Salvation Army children’s home, made famous by John Lennon in The Beatles hit, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’.

Today Strawberry Field boasts a wonderful bandstand. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy live music. 

Our Lineup:

Kylie Price 

New Zealand songstress Kylie Price’s music falls somewhere between deeply emotional lyricism and appealing hooks, making for a sound that feels introspective, yet easy to relate to.

Kylie wowed audiences on the Caffè Nero Stage at Black Deer Festival last year, bringing an early-morning pick-me-up to go alongside the coffee and croissants!

Daniel McGuinness

Daniel McGuinness is a singer-songwriter from London. Since his first release Daniel has been building a reputation for his strong melodies, smooth vocals and thought-provoking lyrics.

Caffè Nero has just added “Make Today Your Home” to their nationwide in-store playlist, played within its 650+ stores across the UK. Daniel has performed at Caffè Nero’s stage at Heathrow Terminal 2, delighting Sunday morning travellers.

Jenny Colquitt

A local star name – Jenny is from Widnes.

Named as one of RnR Magazines ‘Ones to watch for 2022’,  Jenny Colquitt encompasses a unique combination of Americana, indie and folk rock and pop. A voice that uniquely combines the melodic undertones of artists such as Eva Cassidy and the rawness of Alanis Morissette. She writes with soul, lyrical vulnerability and style to accompany her musicality both through keys and guitar. 

Jenny performed with us at Cornbury Festival 2022 on the Caffè Nero Stage, blowing the audience away.

Join us and all three incredible artists on Sunday 14th July for a day of phenomenal live music from some of Caffè Nero’s favourite rising artists at the Strawberry Field in Liverpool.

Get your tickets below.

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D-Day Commemorative Gig with Lisa Canny Celebrating the County Mayo Legacy

Posted on May 30th, 2024 by Natalie Brundle

Join us on June 6th as we host a commemorative gig celebrating County Mayo’s lasting legacy in the D-Day landings of World War 2. With Lisa Canny headlining and an opening set from HUX, this is sure to be a night you won’t want to miss.

Maureen Flavin Sweeney was just 21 years old when she forecast a drastic weather change from her post in County Mayo on Ireland’s west coast, a forecast that would end up delaying the invasion. She worked with her husband, Ted, both of whom were tasked with hourly barometer readings in the lead up to the landings.

The D-Day landings were a years-long planned invasion of Normandy, a start to the campaign of freeing north-west Europe from Nazi-German Occupation. This was the largest invasion by sea in history.

Sweeney’s observations greatly swayed the American and British teams of forecasters who urged that the invasion be delayed a day

Originally, the invasion was to take place on June 5th 1944, but at 13:00 on June 3rd, Sweeney was the first to forecast a severe storm approaching Western Europe from the Atlantic Ocean. Despite Ireland being officially neutral during the war, the Irish Meteorological Service shared this, and all crucial weather information, with the Allies.

These observations greatly swayed the American and British teams of forecasters who urged that the invasion be delayed a day to await ideal weather conditions.

The D-Day landings occurred on June 6th 1944, and marked the start of the defeat of the Nazi regime.

Sweeney was awarded a special US House of Representatives honour in 2021, and in December last year Maureen Sweeney died peacefully.

On June 6th 2024, 80 years on since the invasion, we are hosting a gig at the Fiddler’s Elbow, Camden, to commemorate the combined efforts that lead to the D-Days landings with a County Mayo rock-star fronting the night.

Named Future Music’s Songwriter of the Year, BBC America’s “Top Ten Acts you don’t want to miss”, and 7-Time All-Ireland champion harp and banjo player, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Lisa Canny is a force to be reckoned with. Famously-reviewed as a “Disgrace to the tradition”, she will bring you on an emotional rollercoaster and leave you feeling electrified.

From the heart-wrenching sorrow of her dark acoustic ballads to the high-energy, foot-stomping, banjo-driven-madness of her breathtaking showstoppers, this show is unlike ANYTHING you’ve seen before. Bring your tissues and your dancing shoes. 

Lisa will be supported by Australian musician HUX. Since moving to the UK, HUX has been working the London circuit, most notably selling out The Bedford and Colours, as well as landing a support slot with Robbie Williams.

Characterised by his soulful lyricism and catchy, contemporary melodies, along with a string of new releases all through resulting in his debut Album in 2023, HUX is definitely one to get on your radar.

For one night only at the Fiddler’s Elbow Camden, join us for a D-Day celebration like no other. Get your tickets before they sell out through the link below.

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Savannah Gardner Joins The TALENTBANQ Roster

Posted on May 23rd, 2024 by Natalie Brundle

An old soul with an exciting new sound, Savannah Gardner is rewriting the outlaw country genre. Her freewheeling, sometimes gritty, sometimes hauntingly beautiful songs speak to a new generation determined to stand up and be their authentic selves.

Since arriving in London from her native California, Savannah has championed the growth of women in Country & Americana music, leading the charge with her own brand of kick ass Americana and promoting monthly Ladies Nights featuring some of the scene’s most outstanding female talent. 

Her freewheeling, sometimes gritty, sometimes hauntingly beautiful songs speak to a new generation

She has co-written songs with Sharon Vaughn (Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Jimmy Buffet) and Martin Sutton (LeAnn Rimes, Celine Dion, Backstreet Boys) and her upcoming much-anticipated debut album Recovering Good Girl is produced by Dale Davis, the legendary former bass player and musical director for Amy Winehouse. 

Her old school/new vibe live performances are selling out London’s hottest spots, some solo and others with her all female band. She enjoys residencies at The Spiritual Bar, Sir Richard Steele, The Crazy Coqs Theatre and The Dukes of Highgate and is a two-time featured artist on the Bob Harris’s Under the Apple Tree live Session.

Last year, Savannah played upwards of 150 gigs around the UK and has featured at top festivals including The Long Road and C2C London, Maverick & Black Deer Festival.

Catch her performing with us on 27th June at the Green Note, opening for Brooke Law, or for the 4th of July party at the Fiddler’s Elbow.

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Kick off the Summer at Strawberry Field in Liverpool

Posted on May 21st, 2024 by Natalie Brundle

Black Deer Live in association with TALENTBANQ presents Katy Hurt and Motel Sundown LIVE at the legendary Strawberry Field, Liverpool.

Join us at the historic Strawberry Field for a day of live music celebrating the best of Americana and Country. Previously the site of a Salvation Army children’s home and made famous by John Lennon in The Beatles hit, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, Strawberry Field is a unique addition to Beatles tourism in Liverpool.

Born in London and raised in the US, Katy Hurt was drawn to the sounds of Country, Americana and Southern rock from a young age, inspired by artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, The Eagles, and Patsy Cline. 

Since her debut in 2016, Katy has released a string of critically acclaimed singles and EPs, showcasing her versatile range and has won accolades such as the UK Country Music Spotlight Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year, Best EP, Best Song and Best Video. She has also toured extensively, playing major festivals such as Country 2 Country at the O2 Arena, Pilton Party on Glastonbury’s famed Pyramid Stage and the Isle of Wight festival. 

With a rapidly growing fan base, Katy Hurt is poised to take the music world by storm with her authentic storytelling, genre-defying sound and undeniable talent.

Motel Sundown are an Americana band based in Liverpool consisting of three songwriters, Karen Turley, Naomi Campbell and Robert Johnson. Formed in 2018, together they combine the sounds they grew up with such as The Beatles, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan, with three-part harmonies inspired by the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Since releasing their debut album in 2022, Motel Sundown have been playing shows across the UK both as a full band accompanied by piano, drums and bass, and as an acoustic trio. They are currently releasing music from their new EP which will be released in June 2024.

Get your tickets now to kick off your summer in style.

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Saint Boy Joins The TALENTBANQ Roster

Posted on May 8th, 2024 by Natalie Brundle

Saint Boy are an up and coming indie folk trio, delivering gorgeous three part harmonies accompanied by stunning intricate guitar parts and emotive lyricism. 

Having met at university studying Songwriting, Bea, Sassy and Oscar have spent the last two years gigging across the country and perfecting new songs for their debut EP. 

Their music covers themes of friendship, adventure and longing for freedom from the trials and tribulations of city life. Their debut single ‘Sinners and Saints’ released March 2023 encapsulates these themes perfectly and after selling out their release show at Folklore, Hoxton, their growing fanbase are excited to hear more. 

We were first introduced to them when they opened at The Camden Chapel and blew everyone away.

Follow @saintboyofficial_ on socials and watch this space for some exciting news coming soon…

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We’re Back at Black Deer Festival

Posted on May 7th, 2024 by Natalie Brundle

We’re honoured to announce that we’re back at Black Deer Festival this year with the Caffè Nero Imagesound Stage.

Last year saw us launch the stage at the multi-award winning festival, with over 36 acts on over 3 days. Rain, shine or anything in between, we were up and presenting some of the best rising artists in the UK Americana scene.

This year we’re bigger and better, with all new artists to grace the updated stage. Grab your tickets to the Festival to see some familiar names, or to discover your new favourites.

Check out our full line-up for the caffeine-fuelled party coming your way. From 8:30am to 8:30pm, we present 12 hours each day of non-stop live music.

Featuring a whole array of fantastic up-and-coming artists in an intimate setting. Stop by, stay a while. Enjoy a delicious coffee and red hot music.

Get your tickets for this year’s festival here.


Adrien Latgè | Alex Francis | Amy Vix | Bailey Tomkinson & The Locals | Bandini’s Black Deer Party Band Bryony Dunn & The Forest | Daisy Chute | Dan Owen | Devon Mayson | Dom Glynn & His Sunday Best
Dylan and The Moon | Ed Blunt | Ella Clayton | Fransis | Gabrielle Sey | Gary Quinn | Gasoline & Matches
Henry Webb-Jenkins | Hollie Rogers | HUX | Isabella Coulstock | Ivory Pablo | Jade Helliwell | Jeff Cohen
Katy Hurt | Lady Petrol | Marie Dance and The Purple Shoes | Matt Hodges | Motel Sundown
Oscar Corney | Rachel Croft | Rachel Hill | Ruby J | Say Anise | Stone Jets | Swamp Stomp String Band
The Beau Bennett Collective | The Steve Young Nashville Nights Band | Tom Speight | Wood Burnt Red

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TALENTBANQ Welcomes Sassy Hammersley to the Team

Posted on May 3rd, 2024 by Ray Jones

Sassy is the newest addition to TALENTBANQ.

She is a Songwriting graduate of ICMP and has been performing and writing from a very young age. Sassy developed an interest in live music and events as a result of her experiences. 

She is passionate about ensuring the fair treatment of artists and creating a positive and memorable experience for artists and audiences alike. 

Whilst working at TALENTBANQ Sassy will continue to perform solo artist and as part of indie folk trio ‘Saint Boy’.

In fact it was a performance with Saint Boy at The Camden Chapel that brought Sassy and TALENTBANQ together.

Now that’s what we call an Encore!

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