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Brave Rival

In association with Shades of Soul Ltd

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Last Show: Sunday 4 th February 2024

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Brave Rival are the South East’s brand-new rip-roaring rock and blues machine. Hailing from Portsmouth, the UK Blues Award Nominated band features the powerful and beautiful twin vocals of Chloe Josephine and Lindsey Bonnick. On lead guitar, providing dramatic guitar solos and crunching rock riffs is Ed “The Shred” Clarke. And holding it all together is the rhythmic backbone, the self-proclaimed engine room of Billy Dedman (bass) and Donna Peters (drums). Drawing influence from the likes of John Mayer, Aretha Franklin, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and Tedeschi Trucks, Brave Rival offer a style and sound that you’ve always known, and yet never heard before.

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"A stunning album and really hasn’t a weakness…every track deserves attention and, frankly, kicks ass"

Powerplay

With the release of their debut album, the band hit the ground running with a relentless 2022 tour schedule which saw them perform at the Isle of Wight Festival, London’s famous 100 Club, Colne Blues Festival and Cornwall Rocks. Tours supporting Dom Martin, Corky Laing and Laurence Jones saw the band travel the breadth of the country connecting with audiences everywhere they went. 

The hard work has not gone unnoticed. The Life’s Machine album appeared on multiple end of year, best album lists including Get Ready To Rock Radio, Rock & Blues Muse, NWOCR, Wrinkly Rockers Club, Blues Rock Review and Great Music Stories. The Album was the 4th most played on the IBBA charts. Combined with a 2022 UK Blues Nomination for Best Emerging Band already under their cap, the band began 2023 with 5 nominations in the 2023 UK Blues Awards. Including ‘UK blues band of the year’, ‘UK acoustic act of the year’, ‘UK blues vocalist of the year (Lindsey and Chloe)’ , ‘UK instrumentalist of the year (Donna and Ed’) , ‘Jules Fothergil young UK blues artist of the year (Ed)’

Tipped as one of Joe Bonamassa’s “favourite discoveries this year” the future is looking incredibly bright for this young up and coming band. Brave Rival are a band on a meteoric rise, firing on all cylinders and are about to take the world by storm. Their unique combination of beautifully harmonic, soulful vocals, epic guitar solos, pounding drums and powerful bass serves up an infectious sound that is not to be missed.