The Boileroom presents:

The Night Café

+ SAFE TO SWIM + Neon Islands

The BOILEROOM, Guildford, GB

Entry Requirements: 14+

The band first shot to prominence last year when their debut song, 'Growing Up', appeared on SoundCloud, and soon racked up over 410,000 spins. Formed of Sean Martin, Josh Higgins, Arran O'Connell and Carl Dillon, The Night Café are making an even bigger impression on 2016.

"bathed in sunshine... poppier than a fizzed-up Fanta" DIY

Having grown up in the same area of Liverpool and separately developed a love for playing music while at secondary school, it took a while for Sean, Josh, Arran and Carl to be introduced through mutual friends, but they soon struck upon a natural songwriting chemistry.

Initially plying their trade as drummers, Sean and Josh began to play guitar and twisted Arran's arm into swapping his guitar for the bass, with Carl picking up the sticks later. Strongly attached to their hometown, but eschewing the traditional musical heritage of The Beatles and The Coral, the four friends began to rehearse together, finding that their camaraderie was more than enough to fuel a deluge of joyous indie tracks - combining Sean's charming lyricism and glowing vocal melodies with bold guitar hooks, snaking bass riffs and rich, metronomic drumming. Settling upon the name, The Night Café, the quartet made the short trip upstairs to Whitewood recording studio - their practice space is in the basement of the Victorian building, known as Elevator Studios, home to The Wombats, Dan Croll, Circa Waves, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Clinic - where producer Robert Whiteley helped to polish their promising demos into the sparkling, soaring 2015 releases 'Growing Up' and 'Addicted'.

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The Night Café


Brighton newcomers Safe To Swim quickly amassed a cult following after tackling their hometown's competitive music scene, leading to support slots for the likes of The DMA's, All Tvvins and The Night Cafe, as well as festival slots at The Great Escape's Alternative Escape, Truck and Y Not. Currently hard at work recording and releasing a plethora of new material, the heavy poppers are set to make a splash in 2017.

Effortlessly infectious” - DIY

Safe to Swim stand out with their catchy vocals, giddy synth hooks and shredding guitars" - NME

A blurring of British punk legacies, distilled with American grunge and garage rock smirks with the weariness of youth.” - IndieCurrent


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