Unplugged: The Mic’s First Live Event

Last night we hosted our first live event, showcasing four acts in UoN’s Studio Live. From acoustic indie to spacey experimental, the crowd had a brilliant taste of the variety of talent in our city.

Will Rhys Richards opened up the show, performing acoustic covers of our favourite indie songs. He opened with The 1975‘s ‘Chocolate’ to the crowd who responded with immediate cheers. A highlight was his cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Don’t’, which he mashed with ‘No Diggity’ and 50 Cent’s ‘In Da Club’ to the crowd’s absolute delight. He continued to please with his sweet rendition of ‘Toothpaste Kisses’, melting hearts and inducing tears following the recent split of The Maccabees. Will proved a real crowd pleaser with the charisma of any respectable singer songwriter.

Will played:


These Streets



Toothpaste Kisses


Julia Joyce came on soon after, covering jazz and funk influenced titles and her powerful and sultry voice mesmerised the audience. All she had was a guitar as accompaniment but that’s all that was needed as her strong vocals supported her performance and really wowed, especially  tugging at heartstrings with ‘Love is Blind’

Julia played:

Love is Blind



Stronger than Me

Fata Morgana followed with promises of ‘Twisted medieval psycho’ folk music, she did not disappoint. Her quirky introductions to each song (being in a lab, getting elbows pierced) set the experimental tone of her songs. The tongue-in-cheek introduction to her songs kept the atmosphere buzzing in anticipation of what would follow. She showed both charm and solid songwriting ability to create a set which stood out considerably.

Fata Morgana played:

Unfunny Bone

The Paleo Diet

Bunz in the Ovenz


Northern Suburbs

Sweet Malaise closed the show and changed the atmosphere once again with their 5 piece band bringing moody rock to the studio. With both some original songs and two special covers being showcased in their set, it was a good mix of old and new. Chvrches’ ‘Recover’ was an especially popular cover as the band got the crowd dancing and singing along. Sweet Malaise worked well as a tight-knit band, especially in instrumental jams during songs. Their set displayed some varied instrumentation with the addition of some cajón percussion which along with some excellent vocal performances rounded off the evening perfectly.

Sweet Malaise played:






We hope you had as much fun as we did! Remember it’s not too late to join our society, for only £4 you can get access to free gigs and maybe even meet and interview some awesome bands.  If that sounds like your kind of thing, check the link below and sign yourself up!



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