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Local band crowdfunding new music video

Cumbria-based group ‘Ponyland’ are to film a music video in the Lakes

Ponyland

‘Ponyland’ are a heady, turbulent 7-piece Afro-beat, Punk Jazz band from Newcastle and Cumbria. After the recent release of their debut album they are teaming up with London filmmakers to shoot a music video in the Lake District, and are crowdfunding a small budget for the production.

Ponyland play regularly and are well known regionally, playing gigs and music festivals around the North-East & Cumbria, and are a very exciting up-and-coming band.

Career highlights so far include supporting Shabaka Hutchings (The Comet Is Coming), headlining the Carvetti stage at Kendal Calling festival, playing at the Winter Droving in Penrith, and receiving radio play through BBC Introducing.

MORA MORA cover

Their newly released debut album, MORA MORA is available to listen to on Spotify and Apple Music, and can be purchased on CD, Vinyl, Cassette, and Digital via Bandcamp. Like them on Facebook to keep up to date.

The creative team behind the music video include rising Director, George Moore, local-born Producer & Art Director, Stuart Armstrong, and Cinematographer, Harry Green.

This crew previously worked together on short film ‘Paul Is Dead’, which was shot near Ullswater in 2018 and has gone on to be selected for BAFTAqualifying film festivals and win a Royal Television Society Award. They’re excited to return to Cumbria for this project.

The music video will aim to capture the explosive energy of Ponyland, and will stylistically be a love letter to experimental psychedelic cinema and folk horror, with a homemade twist.

The music video will take inspiration from a variety of sources – Kenneth Anger’s idiosyncratic films of the 1960s, rural folk horror classics such as The Wicker Man and early Hammer Horror films, and music videos like those of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and GOAT.

The team are running a crowdfunding campaign online, through Indiegogo. The crew and band would be incredibly thankful to anyone who helps support this local artistic endeavour.

The budget raised will go towards expenses and art, costume and camera department budgets. Perks for backing the project include a ‘thank you’ credit, signed posters and signed vinyl albums.

The shoot will take place at the end of April.

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