PLAYED ON: Wednesday 23 May 2018


Club Kuru
Eastern Barbers

Gig info





These times are just for guidance and are subject to change, KOKO cannot be held responsible for changes to these showtimes so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Goldenvoice presents
KOKO, London

Please note, this event is 14+ (Under 16s must be accompanied by an 18+ adult)

“The one band everyone is raving about....A very very special band ” Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1)
“One of the most exciting bands at the moment.” - Wonderland

London four-piece ISLAND are an Alternative guitar band whose history is characterised by old friendships, close bonds, and an almost telepathic mutual understanding. Forming as teenagers when frontman Rollo Doherty’s acoustic bedroom project was treated to the boisterous backing of guitarist Jack Raeder, bassist James Wolfe and drummer Toby Richards in a dingy windowless practice room where they began to painstakingly shape a sound which combined darkly twisting instrumental with a sweetly melodic song-writing nous that belied their age. The quartet released their debut EP ‘Girl’ in late 2015 and it shimmering refrains turned heads almost immediately. Their follow up EP ‘A Place You Like’ (2017)
continued their undeniable rise and further garnered new fans both domestically and internationally.

The band’s live show is fearsomely tight and effervescently energetic through years of playing together week in, week out since their youth. Over the course of little more than a year, they’ve sold out Dalston’s 150 capacity Victoria, Hackney’s 350 capacity Oslo, King’s Cross’ 800 capacity Scala and headlined Charing Cross’s iconic Heaven; not to mention shows at The Great Escape, London Calling and Reeperbahn. All this achieved while unsigned and maintaining a fastidiously DIY ethic. Now signed to New York tastemaker label Frenchkiss, the band are gearing up to release their hotly anticipated debut album, due in early 2018 and entitled ‘Feels Like Air.

Their music, arena-baiting and atmospheric with gigantic hooks but also full of ambient blues along with immersive catchy song-writing, make ISLAND something that speaks to everyone. Also proving they are ready to take the baton from groups like Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club and Kings Of Leon., ready to lead an exciting new crop of young British indie artists who have the nous to place Brit guitar music back into the mainstream.

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Live photos by Rob Stainforth and Ant Adams. 


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