Normanton Street’s sound is lyrically focused with three distinct vocals, jazz influenced guitars, warm bass grooves and tight rhythmic drums.
Based in Brighton, the band consist of Ned, Nicholson and Phoebe Freya. Ned and Nicholson (both on bass, guitar, and vocals) have been close friends since childhood, and lived on the same street in Bradford where they grew up. Together they grew up making music in various formats and line ups, and would jam at local bars after moving to Brighton, until they stumbled across Phoebe (vocals) one night after a show at The Mesmerist bar. The trio put together a Lauryn Hill cover, but soon realised that their unique chemistry could not be limited to one song.
Since then, Normanton Street have quickly amassed a loyal following of fans around the world off musical prowess and a lot of hard work. In the last 18 months, they’ve played gigs and festivals across the UK, Europe and US, including France, Spain, Croatia, Belgium, Holland and Austin (Texas). As well as opening for high-profile artists like the legendary Talib Kweli and Mercury-nominated poet Kate Tempest. Meanwhile, Normanton Street’s success has made them favourites in their home town of Brighton, with support from local radio stations Juice FM and Radio Reverb. In summer 2016, they were selected as The Independent’s ‘New Music of the Week’. This momentum attracted attention from various booking agents and venues over in New York, which is where the band will be playing four shows during the first week of December.
Never ones to wait around for the industry, Normanton Street have achieved all this success in such a short space of time by releasing music on a label started by Ned and Nicholson, QM Records. Under the label they have released multiple Normanton Street EPs, including 2014’s Much Respect, as well as music from the talented poet Tommy Sissons and a compilation album featuring music from 14 different artists based in Brighton. As QM Records, Ned and Nicholson regularly host nights as well as DJ in Brighton and London showcasing a number of upcoming talents.
2016 was a groundbreaking year for the band. Normanton Street released a new single titled ‘Take Time’ as a free download to start of the year, which came off the back of a six-part documentary shot by London-based Boom Productions. Drawing attention from across the pond, they were then selected to perform at SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, where they received an amazing reception. While in Texas, they also shot a video for the single Angelene, which was premiered by The Independent on the 8th of June alongside an extended feature on the band, who were selected as the outlet’s New Music of The Week. Both Angelene and Take Time feature on the nine-track deluxe edition of the Life’s Real EP, available across most streaming platforms.
Throughout 2017 the band were invited to play over in Sweden and also toured the UK, selling out events in London, Brighton, Manchester and Cardiff. The release of the singles It's Been A While and VIBES were popular among fans and followers however during this year the single Take A Walk With Me reached number 2 in Spotify's official German Viral 50 charts. By the end of the year the track reached over 200,000 listens.
Normanton Street released more music in 2018. Dropping 'That's It' and 'That't It Remix' which proved real popular amougst the bands followers. The band graced several festival stages.