Blaenavon is where the heart is, baby”…

and for Blaenavon, their heart is clearly in the music. The Hampshire up-and-comers started young (no, really – they were making a name for themselves by age 16) and the band have since garnered much attention – rather proficiently we might add – having only two EP’s to their name over the past three years. Their first, Koso, was released in 2013 followed by their second Miss World in 2015, and now their first full album Let’s Pray in 2016.

Consisting of the three 19 year olds – singer and guitarist Ben Gregory, drummer Harris McMillan and bassist Frank Wright – the group have been playing together since they were 13, the forming of the band an uneventful story, as recounted by singer Ben “Harris and I got to know each other after I moved into a new place with my family – our mothers met and suggested that Harris and I get acquainted. We ended up jamming together. My piano teacher then told us to get in touch with Frank.”

Their music is really quite unique, although they have been featured on online magazines Its All Indie and Indie Is Not A Genre which may offer some context. Their album Let’s Pray, produced by Grammy-winning producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Adele, Bombay Bicycle Club, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Bjork) has been quoted as ‘a massive, emotive and bold statement of intent. Blaenavon’s dark romanticism exudes lonesome warmth – reminiscent of The Smiths and The Cure – and self-assured, mellifluous tendencies.’


The young men’s credentials also include an impressive array of live performances at such events as SXSW, The Great Escape and Glastonbury and Latitude festivals, performing with the likes of Bloc Party and Warpaint, as well as a string of sold out headline shows in the capital. The group’s latest singles Let’s Pray and I Will Be The World get regular rotation on Radio 1, both of which have also been critically acclaimed.

Their accompanying music video for Let’s Pray has also been released and follows the tale of a lover’s revenge. Director Claes Nordwall stated “I wanted to bring the exploitation and revenge-film style into a current scenario. This cold blooded / calm tempered girl being a dystopian example of an increasingly detached youth who spend too much time online. It felt like a suitable plot for the song’s dark lyrical themes.”


Along with the release of their album, this year will continue to be an important one for Blaenavon as they perform at this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals as well as embarking on a full tour of the UK – a tour which will incorporate a show semi-locally in Portsmouth and other performances alongside bands The Hunna and The Sherlocks. The bands festival and tour performance dates are as follows:

# w/ The Sherlocks

* w/ The Hunna

26th Aug – 28th Aug 2016 – Reading & Leeds

2nd-4th Sep – Bingley Music Live

5th Sep – Portsmouth – Wedgewood Rooms#

6th Sep – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach#

8th Sep – Bristol – Thekla#

10th Sep – Warwick University – The Copper Rooms#

12th Sep – Birmingham – O2 Institute 2#

13th Sep – Leicester – O2 Academy 2#

14th Sep – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms#

15th Sep – Liverpool – Arts Club Loft#

16th Sep – Manchester – O2 Ritz#

17th Sep – Glasgow – O2 ABC#

18th Sep – Newcastle – Riverside#

19th Sep – Stoke – The Sugarmill#

20th Sep – Leeds – The Wardrobe#

22nd Sep – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms*

25th Sep – Cardiff – The Globe*

26th Sep –  Bristol – Thekla*

27th Sep – Portsmouth – Wedgewood Rooms*

28th Sep – Liverpool – Arts Club*

30th Sep – Leeds – Wardrobe*

1st Oct -Newcastle – Academy 2*

2nd Oct – Glasgow – The Garage*

3rd Oct – Manchester – Academy 2*

4th Oct  – Birmingham – O2 Institute 2*

5th Oct – London – The Forum*

8th Oct – Neighbourhood Festival

14th Oct – London – Scala (Headline show)

If you’re interested in listening to more music by the band or checking out their social media, various links can be found below: