Formed in Manchester in summer 2019, Afflecks Palace are a 4-piece psyche guitar band described as "The birth of Nu-Madchester" by online curation platform Manchester Lemon. The group take influence from The Stone Roses, Kurt Vile, The Smiths, The Las and The Durutti Column. Their sophomore EP "Everything Is An Attempt To Be Human" was released by Spirit Of Spike Island recordings on Friday 18th September 2020 and peaked no.3 in the UK vinyl chart. Lead single ‘Pink Skies’ charted at no.37 in the UK Top 40.
Pastel are a 5-piece guitar band, signed to independent Manchester label Spirit Of Spike Island recordings. Manchester cousins; Jack and James Yates formed the band in 2017, alongside Rhys Wheeler (drums) and Liam Oshea (bass guitar). Their sound draws influence from Manchester bands of the late 80s and 90s; The Verve, Ride & Oasis. Their single "She Waits For Me" dropped on May 1st, garnering over 100k streams across all digital platforms, with plays from BBC Radio Manchester, Steve Lamacq @ BBC 6 Music and Radio X.