The supplied line up for this gig is Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles.
18 Event - BILLY BIBBY & THE WRY SMILES
Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles are a four-piece band from North Wales/Chester UK comprised of Billy Bibby/lead vocals, guitar; Rob Jones/lead guitar, vocals; Matt Thomas/bass, vocals; and Mike Pearce/drums. Since playing their first full band gig in November of 2015, it's been non-stop with close to 100 gigs and festivals in 40 UK cities, combined with the release of a début EP and two follow-up singles. Hard work is paying off in the form a growing, grassroots fan base, as well as music industry recognition via two grant wins from Horizons/BBC Launchpad and Arts Council of Wales to further fuel new music development, touring, and promotion.
Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles have caught the attention of numerous tastemakers including Adam Walton of BBC Introducing, Clint Boon, Phil Clifton, and Jo Good of Radio X, Tim Cocker of Virgin Radio UK, Jim Gellatly of Amazing Radio, NME, BBC Radio Wales, and over 100 radio and media outlets in the UK and abroad.
Manchester legend Clint Boon describes the band's music as "that classic sort of British songwriting with a strong nod to Americana" naming Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen as points of reference and predicting "a massive future". The band's influences remain diverse and ever-changing, both classic and cutting edge, with new songs constantly being added to the live repertoire. Come to a gig and experience the band at their very best!
Although the band formed recently, reviewers consistently remark that the group chemistry and level of musicianship are such that they play like a veteran ensemble. Bibby has clearly surrounded himself with talent. Experience also plays a key role considering Bibby's history as a UK Platinum Certified recording artist with Catfish and the Bottlemen, bringing to bear seven years of gigging and songcraft to every show and in every heartfelt song he's written.
The début EP BIDE YOUR TIME and singles 'ARE YOU READY?' and 'SUBSTITUTE' are available on all major digital platforms. New single ALWAYS SOMETHING releases 31st March. The band looks ahead to more gigging throughout the year and are thrilled to return to Leeds for the 4th time!