Nottingham Alumni London Grammar Are Doing Alright

Previous alumni of the University of Nottingham include the head of the MI6, the guy who created Ibuprofen, the Prime Minister of Malaysia and chairman of JD Wetherspoon (lad) but now, finally, we have some alumni we can be really proud of – London Grammar.

Since introducing themselves with near anonymous posts of two songs (Hey Now and Metal & Dust) late last year, London Grammar quickly exploded and captured the imagination of music fans across the UK and beyond.

The tracks catapulted Hannah Reid, Dot Major and Dan Rothman straight into the spotlight, with music critics and fans eager to see what they did next. The trio released the acclaimed Metal & Dust EP, sold out two London dates, played with The xx at their Night + Day festival, secured slots at near all of the UK’s major summer festivals – including Glastonbury, Bestival and Festival Number 6 – before confirming their own headline tour this October, including an appearance at a no doubt familiar haunt to them – Rescue Rooms on the 22nd of October. Teapot anyone?

Their first official single release, Wasting My Young Years, broke into the Top 40 after a Radio 1 B List and now the new single, Strong, is gaining strong radio support and lighting up the blogosphere. The band is currently the number one most blogged about artist, according to Hype Machine.

It’s no understatement that London Grammar’s forthcoming album is one of the most highly anticipated debuts this year, any we’re going to be giving you a sneak peek review very soon.

Confirmed for release on September 9, the album is a result of 18 painstaking months spent writing and recording. Each of the 11 tracks is testament to the trio’s innate understanding of the roles that subtlety, contrast and restraint have played in the creation of memorable, timeless and transcendent music. “That’s how this all started,” says Dan, “and it’s always been our primary goal, to keep space in the music. The way that, say, the guitar and vocal interact is massively important to us.”

More than delivering on their promise, London Grammar’s electrifying debut solidifies them as being one of the most exciting and innovative bands to emerge in 2013.

See London Grammar live: July 19 Melt! Festival, Gräfenhainichen, Germany July 21 Longitude, Dublin July 27 Kendall Calling, Penrith July 28 Secret Garden Party, Huntingdon Aug 2 Camp Bestival, Dorset Aug 4 Standon Calling, Hertfordshire Aug 7 Ibiza Rocks, San Antonio, Spain Aug 9 Wilderness Festival, Charlbury Aug 25 Leeds Festival, Leeds Sept 6 Bestival, Newport, Isle of Wight Sept 13 Festival Number 6, Portmeirion Oct 15 Open, Norwich Oct 16 Concorde 2, Brighton Oct 18 Electric Brixton, London SOLD OUT Oct 19 Gathering, Oxford Oct 20 Anson Rooms, Bristol Oct 22 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham Oct 23 Academy 2, Birmingham Oct 24 Cockpit, Leeds Oct 26 Sound Control, Manchester Oct 27 Oran Mor, Glasgow Oct 28 Northumbria University, Newcastle Nov 28 Brixton Electric, London

Stay tuned to the Mic for some exciting previews, interviews and reviews with London Grammar and we unravel their launch into the global music scene.




By Luke Gallimore