Uprock joins forces with new record label for live showcase

IPSWICH: A popular club night is to celebrate the first full release of an independent record label with a live showcase.

Uprock – which has a proud history of promoting local talent including Ed Sheeran, DELS and The Cheek – is joining forces with the Deaf Surfer label for a night of live music at The Swan in Ipswich on Saturday.

The night will celebrate the launch of an EP by James Spankie, a singer and multi-instrumentalist from Sudbury, who will be performing on the night.

EP 2 will be Spankie’s full debut release, as his first EP was released only on his website.

The record has received airplay from Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne and Huey Morgan.


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The EP, which will be available on Monday, also marks the first full release from the Deaf Surfer label, which was set up in the summer by Richard Haugh, a co-promoter of Uprock, and Lee Sullivan.

“We’re really pleased for the EP to be doing so well as it’s really difficult to get such coverage without a radio plugger or established label – and lots of money,” said Mr Haugh.

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The new label also includes Me & The Neck, who will also be performing on the night, and Ipswich band The Cads.

Spankie’s EP will be available on limited edition seven-inch vinyl from major outlets, including HMV and Amazon, and can be downloaded from iTunes.

Me & The Neck’s new EP, Wake The Blood, is also being released by Deaf Surfer. It is available to download for free, but a limited number of CDs will be available at the gig, featuring a remix by Joseph Grand.

Admission to the club night and gig is free. For more information go to www.uprocker.com.

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