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Brand New Friend

Brand New Friend

In 2015, the Johnson siblings began making music in their family home on Northern Ireland’s rugged north coast. Within a few years they went from playing their local pub in the sleepy village of Castlerock to securing a record deal and playing festival stages all over the UK and Ireland. After meeting drummer Luke Harris and lead guitarist Aaron Milligan in a Portrush pub (then performing as their own two-piece band), it seemed inevitable the five would unite, completing the line-up almost by accident.

No strangers to Ireland’s buzzing live scene, Brand New Friend have been making waves with some incendiary live shows across the island. Their honest indie-pop has taken them from sticky-floored venues to sold-out festivals including Reading and Leeds, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Electric Picnic. Following the release of their debut album ‘Seatbelts for Aeroplanes’ in 2018, they’ve hit the road in support of Snow Patrol, Lewis Capaldi, Ash, Starcrawler, At The Drive In, RAT BOY and Feeder.

Along the way, Brand New Friend have garnered support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Gemma Bradley, Tom Robinson, John Kennedy, Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart, receiving airplay on BBC Radio 1, Radio X and BBC 6 Music. In 2020, the band released EP ‘A Cure For Living’ and signed with Third Bar artist development, the brainchild of Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody. Their sophomore record is on the way.

“So full of energy, positivity, fun and great tunes. Prozac in human form – you will leave their gigs way happier than you went in. Extraordinary band, extraordinary people.” – Gary Lightbody, Snow Patrol

“Brand New Friend deftly fuse noise and melody on an impressive collection of well-crafted bubblegum power-pop. They’ve prompted Stuart Bailie to call them one of the most uplifting prospects on the Belfast scene and they deserve the accolade as Seatbelts for Aeroplanes is an assured debut that fizzes with youthful exuberance.” – Eamon Sweeney, The Irish Times

“In the last 12 months, this young and energetic band have captured the attention of hundreds of fans, as well as many influential music industry movers and shakers, thanks to their their bright-eyed, enthusiastic sound.” – Hot Press Magazine

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John Beverly
2021-11-23
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Undisclosed costs I was disappointed that the full cost of the show wasn’t disclosed up front. I.E. the rider cost which I found excessive for such a small show. But the agent did sort it out for me. John Beverly Krakatoa Aberdeen
Claire M
2021-11-22
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Very easy to deal with Very easy to deal with - will use again
Christina
2021-11-16
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Excellent Service The team are very responsive and easy to communicate with offering a great roster of talent. Well done!
Owen Branes
2021-08-19
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Always helpful and happy to work around… Always helpful and happy to work around any specific issues our end. Nothing is too much trouble date movement due to covid etc etc .
Edgar Coate
2021-08-11
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Amazing roster I've known Midnight Mango since the days when John Smith was an upcoming artist and their roster is now even more amazing and their professionalism is unmatched. Saw some amazing acts at Beautiful Days and Funke and the Two Tone Baby rocked the Bimble Inn with a bouncing crowd.
David Francis
2021-08-11
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Responsive and helpful Responsive and helpful. Thanks.
Ash
2021-08-10
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Big Up Midnight Mango! Pip has been a pleasure to deal with, prompt and friendly. We're big fans of so much of Midnight Mango's roster and would not hesitate to look to book further artists for our future events.
Moya Taylor
2021-07-30
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Really helpful with finding us… Really helpful with finding us fantastic artists at short notice. Will definitely use them again! Chickenstock Music Festival
Keith
2021-07-22
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Exactly as described and a very fine… Exactly as described and a very fine listen.
Ronnie McGrath
2021-07-15
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Excellent company to deal with. Excellent company to deal with. Straightforward, concise and totally professional. Without hesitation,I would definitely recommend to anyone that's interested in putting on live music events, to contact this company.