The past two years have been an exhilarating journey for Leeds-based quintet Ellen And The Escapades. After winning 2010's Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition and playing BBC Introducing stages at both Reading and Leeds Festivals, the band have gone from strength to strength.
Ellen's dusky, enchanting vocals and strikingly well-crafted songs have already captured the attention of BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio. Fans include Lauren Laverne and Steve Lamacq, and the band were recently playlisted for ten weeks on Amazing Radio. Supporting the likes of Josh T. Pearson, First Aid Kit and Paolo Nutini has brought the band's music to even bigger audiences all over the country.
Summer 2011 saw an abundant string of festival appearances for Ellen and co, including major festivals Glastonbury, Bestival and Green Man, and a range of smaller boutique festivals such as 2000 Trees, Lounge On The Farm and Winterwell. Their Green Man appearance on one of the festival's biggest stages attracted a full capacity crowd and resulted in unprecedented press attention, including hugely complimentary reviews from Clash Magazine and The Line of Best Fit.
Autumn single 'When The Tide Creeps In' hit the top spot in both the Amazon.co.uk Folk and Amazon.co.uk Rock Charts during the week of its October release, and the band's subsequent Pledge Music campaign saw them reach 100% of their target in just eight days. The next two months saw an excited band make plans towards their debut LP and take to the road for countless live dates as far apart as Exeter and Edinburgh.
Ellen and the Escapades release the title track from their highly anticipated debut album 'All The Crooked Scenes' on 2nd April followed by the album, released via Branch Out Records on 16th April with a London launch party hosted by Communion. Before this, they head out on a 20-date UK tour where they will showcase tracks from the forthcoming album and sell a limited run of special edition CD/DVD advance copies prior to its official release.
PRE RELEASE TOUR
Tue 21 Feb The Malt Cross, Nottingham
Wed 22 Feb The Shakespeare, Sheffield
Thu 23 Feb Chapel Arts Centre, Bath
Fri 24 Feb Eden Cafe, St Austell
Sat 25 Feb Miss Peapods, Falmouth
Sun 26 Feb Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Mon 27 Feb Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter
Wed 29 Feb South Street Arts Centre, Reading
Thu 1 Mar The Mad Ferret, Preston
Fri 2 Mar Pocklington Arts Centre, York
Sat 3 Mar Telford's Warehouse, Chester
Sun 4 Mar Notting Hill Arts Club, London
Mon 5 Mar The Portland Arms, Cambridge
Tue 6 Mar The Cookie Jar, Leicester
Wed 7 Mar The Wheatsheaf, Oxford
Thu 8 Mar Boileroom, Guildford
Fri 9 Mar Forum, Royal Tunbridge Wells
Sun 11 Mar The Railway, Winchester
OFFICIAL ALBUM TOUR
Sun 15 Apr Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (Leeds album launch)
Mon 16 Apr The Lexington, London (London album launch)
Tue 17 Apr Buffalo Bar, Cardiff
Wed 18 Apr Thekla, Bristol
Thu 19 Apr Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
Fri 20 Apr The Berkeley Suite, Glasgow
Sat 21 Apr Cluny, Newcastle
Sun 22 Apr The Castle Hotel, Manchester