Albany

An infectious 4-piece indie rock band from Lincoln. Albany were chosen by BBC Music Introducing to play the festival in 2018.

Albany came together as a band when frontman Matt Duke was asked to play a wedding in September 2013. Chris Fletcher accompanied him on bass and from then, drummer Daniel Sharratt and rhythm guitarist Daniel McLagan completed the lineup in the new year; Albany was reborn.

Over their 6 year span, the band have gone on to become one of Lincolnshire’s most honest and relatable acts, told through the lyrics and universal truths of Matt’s songwriting.

Having released 2 well received EP’s in 2014 and 2016 and spawning official singles ‘Kingpin’ and ‘Found You Out’ (the latter used on ITV’s This Morning), their live act is nothing short of direct, in your face & relatable and provides a plethora of addictive songs to remember.

Having played a well balanced list of notable gigs including slots at Camden Rocks 2018 & 2019, headline and support performances at The Platform Engine Shed Lincoln and providing support for well known breakthrough Leeds act Marsicans, Albany continue to further cement their place in the indie guitar scene looking for their break.

In the Summer of 2018, they were chosen as track of the week with BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire and were then signed to the UK’s largest independent indie label SoundHub, having given them ‘one of the best showcases’ they had seen.

After several line up changes, Billy Richards now takes on rhythm guitar and the band will release the last single ‘Smoke ‘n’ Mirrors,’ taken from their 2018 SoundHub sessions in late November 2019.

After several setbacks in 2019, Albany will finally head back into studio Easter 2020, continuing to strive towards their unanimous ethos; to resurrect the British indie guitar scene. And with their ever persistent driving force, 2020 is again set to be a very prevalent year for the band; new releases penned, festivals booked and a childhood dream of stock in HMV, they continue to show that a true underdog story CAN still prove everyone wrong.

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