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Whitehaven Band FLYNT to play Carlisle show after recording iconic BBC Maida Vale session


Local indie-pop foursome, FLYNT have recorded their first BBC Maida Vale session. Earning a place on BBC Introducing’s “Ones To Watch 2020” list.

Preparing for the release of their first single from their newly produced EP, the last thing the band were expecting was an email from BBC Introducing, notifying them that they’d be selected for a BBC Maida Vale session and a place on the 2020 ‘ones to watch’ list.

BBC Maida Vale sessions have hosted artists such as Arctic Monkeys, Royal Blood, Ed Sheeran, Foals and Ariana Grande, and now Whitehaven’s own “FLYNT” have earned a place among the ranks.

“It was a real ‘hit me’ moment” says Brad Kavanagh, singer and guitarist for FLYNT. “Maida Vale is one of those ‘one day’ opportunities that most bands and singers have dreamt about. So to receive that email and start organising our own session was just amazing and just felt almost unreal.”

The band’s frontwoman Emma Dockeray was thrilled with the session: “The result was better than we could ever have imagined. It’s amazing hearing our own songs at Maida Vale studios.”

The band have spent the first part of 2019 putting together their new EP, their first release working with producer Rober Whiteley (The Wombats, Night Cafe) and mastering engineer Robin Schmidt (The1975, Nothing But Theives). Of which the first single “I Need a Minute” is to be released in October.

Made up of four school friends from Whitehaven, the band debuted in June 2017 with their first single ‘Julia’, which was quickly picked up by BBC Radio 1. Since then the band has gone from strength to strength, receiving recognition from the likes of TRNSMT, BBC and Kendal Calling. Add to that their sell-out shows across the north west at venues such as Manchester’s Deaf institute and you can see that they’re here to make waves having broken the 50,000 stream mark with their live session release “ The Committee Sessions”

With the recent session and their new single tipped for release in October, the band have added a show at Carlisle’s “Old Fire station” on November the 29th to celebrate.

“Playing live is what it is all about for us” says Brad. “We always go all-out on our live shows and make sure it’s a belter of a night and everyone has a good time. So what with the maida vale news and our new single coming out soon, we decided to do a home-county show to thank all those who have supported us so strongly at home”

The band’s Maida Vale session will air on BBC Radio Cumbria in December. Grab tickets for their Old Fire Station show on Nov 29th by heading HERE.

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