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Underground Soundwave – A round-up of what’s happening – August

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At Underground we do our part in helping give back to the music scenes that inspired us. Through our ‘Soundwave Program’ we showcase new and emerging, and exciting talent to give artists the spotlight that they deserve. In this Soundwave round-up catch the latest news from Group Therapy, Hot Milk, Yonaka, and more.


Saint Agnes, the vampire-rock infused band from south London, who were featured on the main stage at the recent Download Pilot Festival are set to take to the stage from the 17th of October. With a UK headline tour, the band will showcase music from the ‘vampire’ EP which dropped in March of this year.

Saint Agnes Band photo


The emo-inspired pop punk ‘Hot Milk’ have just released ‘I THINK I HATE MYSELF,’ the second of two singles teasing their upcoming EP ‘I JUST WANNA KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I’M DEAD’ which releases this September. The release coincides with their UK headline tour of the same name in which they will be playing the EP in front of a live audience.

Hot Milk band photo


The alt-pop superstar and chart-topping Yungblud, has begun, and is partway through his completely sold out ‘Occupy The UK’ tour, featuring 5 nights at London’s O2 Forum in Kentish Town premiering his sophomore album ‘Weird!’ for the first time in front of an English live audience. The chart-topping artist has taken to the stage in this series of smaller shows ahead of his full-scale ‘Life on Mars’ tour which sees him traverse the full UK beginning the 27th of September.

Yungblud artist photo


July 15th marked the release of YONAKA’s ‘Seize the Power’, the high-octane Brighton hailing band’s first release since their 2019 debut album ‘Don’t Wait till Tomorrow’. To celebrate the release the band held a launch party in collaboration with Signature Brew, where less than a week after, the band dropped the news that they will be supporting Nothing but Thieves on their full UK headline tour, including a date at the O2 Arena Greenwich.

Yonaka band photo


The Glasgow synth-pop quartet The Ninth Wave, have just released a new single ahead of their upcoming UK Headline tour which starts on October 6th. The dreamy post-punk 4-piece, known for their layered soundscapes, released ‘Maybe You Didn’t Know’, an exhilarating tune full of enormous synths, loud vocals and an endearingly anthemic chorus. The accompanying music video, a hazy Tokyo-drift inspired fever-dream, featured the band wearing Underground Original shoes.

The Ninth Wave band photo


The guests of our inaugural episode of the ‘Bootlickers’ radio show, Group Therapy, are hosting a launch party. The collective, founded by Ella and Tash, create charity compilations of unheard tracks from some of the UK’s finest artists, with this event being an extension of this featuring live performances, DJ sets, and more from some of the participating artists. Similarly, to their collective albums, the event’s proceedings are in aid of ‘Help Musicians’ and ‘Black Minds Matter’. Listen to their full Bootlickers interview on our website.

Group Therapy Poster


With ‘Freedom Day’ and the end of lockdown restrictions having taken place, Samantha Togni’s ‘Boudica’, made its return on the 24th of July. With 8 hours of techno, the club night was created by Togni as a safe space and platform for Women, the LGBT community, and non-binary creatives and ravers. Boudica explores the darker side of techno, and its underground scene, a juxtaposition of the many clubs that just play chart-toppers and EDM anthems. The next Boudica is being held at The Cause on the 19th of September with tickets selling fast.

Samantha Togni photo


Bootlickers episode 5 saw new music from the likes of Dry Cleaning, Legss and KEG, with the high-octane DIY-outfit Industry Standard being the latest guests to appear, on the eve of their latest single ‘Abstract Doom’. Listen to Sophie Thompson chat to the London-based group discussing their latest release and playing their playlist picks for the show, with all episodes available to stream on Soho Radio and on our website now. Catch the next episode of Bootlickers on Soho Radio’s Culture Channel.

Bootlickers Radio Show - Industry Standard

You can pick up a copy of the debut album from The Ninth Wave HERE

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