Malavita! (The name at least) was conjured up on 21st February 2013 whilst on a flight to Cuba.
A culmination of good friends, a love of music and a whole lot of determination set this project in motion many years before, but a chance collision of fresh blood renewed fire in their bellies and using world music as their inspiration the group was reincarnated as Malavita! Their genre-defying sound fuses funky Latin beats, heaps of percussion, soaring guitars, skanktastic bass lines, punchy horns, and soulful female vocals to create a heady mixture of original, infectious feel-good tunes. 8 eclectic, fun-seeking musical misfits originating from Italy, France, and the Deep South (Westcountry) come together to inspire you to dance, sing along and lose your inhibitions. Collectively on a mission to start the party and keep the dance floor jumping with their festival strength tropical sounds.
The group have enjoyed several summers full of gigs and festivals and have played the epic Boomtown Fair, Greenman, Isle of Wight, Kendall Calling, Treufest, Beautiful Days, Port Eliot Festival, Tunes in the Dunes, Looe Music Festival, Tropical Pressure, and Sunrise Festival to name a few..
Chai Wallah has taken the band under their wing and booked them for several shows now including their 20th Birthday party in Bristol at The Crofters rights which sold out in record time and had them as part of their roster for Greenman and Kendall Calling.
They are regulars at some of the best music venues in the South West including The Leftbank & Mr Wolfs in Bristol, The Bell Inn, Bath, The Phoenix & The Old Firehouse in Exeter & The Barrel House in Totnes. They have recently supported the superb Molotov Jukebox, The Undercover Hippy, Electric Swing Circus as well as The Cat Empire and The Brand New Heavies this Summer. 2019 bookings have included Hootananny Brixton, The Magic Garden, The Canteen & Golden Lion in Bristol. Recent highlights have been The Bimble Inn, Beautiful Days, Chai Wallah, Greenman and Kashmir Cafe, Isle of Wight Festival.
Upcoming UK Americana-Country duo ROSSO formed in 2019 by Emily Eglinton & Fiona Laycock. ROSSO met at University where they honed their unique sound and jumped straight into the gigging circuit. They released their first singles ‘Landing Light’ and ‘Good Lord Could’ in 2019 and wrote, recorded, and produced their third single ‘You’ll Be Fine’ during lockdown as well as partnering with Coventry City of Culture 2021 to release ‘Wilderness’. ROSSO have a beautifully melodic, uplifting country vibe as described by BBC Introducing and have an exciting full band EP set to hit your ears this year. They have supported Scouting For Girls, Wild Wood Kin and smashed BBC Introducing at Nozstock.