Games - The Velvet Hands | ICMP Spotlight

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ICMP SPOTLIGHT: 18th July 2017

'Games' - The Velvet Hands

The Velvet Hands, a soundtrack for demolition

The Velvet Hands, featuring Toby Mitchell  and Sam Hilder, respectively student and graduate from the BA Creative Musicianship degree, continue to gain fans and critical support alike with their guitar-driven sound. The track 'Games' has been taken from their forthcoming album, set for release in early 2018.

The single was recently premiered on Gigslutz who praised the band as "ones to watch" and the new track as "another boisterous offering reminiscent of the very best of early 2000s guitar bands and a rousing two fingered salute to freedom, youth and a defiance in doing your own thing". 'Games' was also recently played on Charlie Ashcroft's show on Amazing Radio and the band has also received positive reviews from BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson who called them ”a soundtrack for demolition” and the NME, who praised their “bulshy spirit”.

The band played storming gigs in London and regionally earlier this year, including Fierce Panda Records and End of the Trail Record’s ‘Alternative Escape’ in Brighton and were featured in The Great Escape official video. They have even had their track ‘Sick of Living’ featured on E4’s Made in Chelsea.

They will be playing dates across the Summer including the BBC Introducing stage at Leopallooza in Cornwall in July and headlining the BBC Introducing stage on the Friday at Boardmasters festival in August 2017.

You can catch the band here:​

  • 19th July: The Water Rats, London - This Feeling The Hightown Pirates album launch
  • 27th July: Port Eliot Festival
  • 28th July: Leopallooza Festival - Mono Stage
  • 30th July: Leopallooza Festival - BBC Introducing Stage
  • 10th August: The New Inn, Tywardreath
  • 11-13th August: Boardmasters Festival - Headlining BBC Introducing Stage
  • 1st October: Looe Festival


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