Mutations Festival 2023 – (Friday)
3rd November 2023 - 3:00 am
The Hope & Ruin

We’re excited to announce that we will be hosting a stage at this years @mutationsfestival 2023. It’s a HUGE line-up this year and includes some of our favourite current bands! Tickets go on-sale this Friday 10am at


Robocobra Quartet 

Experimentation is at the core of Robocobra Quartet, whether it be in the fluid line-up (six musicians tagging in and out to make up the live touring quartet) or in their unique self-produced records made in their hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

These juxtapositions are just the beginning of the complex world of Robocobra Quartet – a band serious about their music but humorous in their approach, including members with no musical training alongside members with music conservatoire pedigree. The result is a collective of musicians inspired by Stravinsky and Dead Kennedys in equal measures.

On stage, the band are protons and electrons circling drummer-vocalist Chris W Ryan; meticulous arrangements and on-the-spot improvisations hang on every word spoken, sung and shouted by Ryan. These words and rhythms are what propel the music of Robocobra Quartet forward and concoct a sound that is groove-driven but cerebral too, invoking the likes of Fugazi, Talking Heads and contemporaries such as Black Midi, Squid and BadBadNotGood.

Blue Bendy  

Six piece group from South East London.

Though originally from ​all different parts of the UK, six-piece Blue Bendy met in South London, where they bonded over a shared love of the bands they now cite as their main influences. With references like Stereolab, Broadcast, Tindersticks, Boards Of Canada, Deerhoof and Arthur Russell to name a few, Blue Bendy’s idiosyncratic music effortlessly weaves guitars and synths, merging electronic and post-rock with whip-smart, brooding lyricism. Their live performances are different each time, with band members swapping instruments and experimenting with different settings. Shows are at times raw and confrontational and at other times mellow, and vocalist Arthur Nolan’s half-spoken vocals are delivered with a knowing, wry smile. The band’s shared sense of humour shines through not only lyrically but is also in the playfulness of the instrumentation, melodies and often interactive performances. In the past couple of years, the band has shared stages with Squid, Omni, Drahla, Tiña and Porridge Radio to name a few.


Originally hailing from Cambridge, now residing in London – Ugly have been using downtime to craft a sound true to their own. Fusing inspiration from various backgrounds of Choral, Post-Rock and the staples of the 60’s/70’s, Ugly’s take on the writing process is unique and constantly moving forward. 


Joanie (w/ Band) 

Joanie will release her stunning debut EP – Neurotica – on March 10 via Permanent Creeps Records. Produced by the fast-rising Jessica Winter (Jazmine Bean, Walt Disco, Metronomy, it follows the success of previous singles ‘Schadenfreude’ and ‘Kerosene’ as well as the most-recent ‘Your Kind Of Freak’. All receiving support via the likes of DAZED, Wonderland Magazine, DIY Mag, Alfitude, God Is In The TV, Still Listening Mag and more. Not to mention heavy playlisting support from VEVO and Apple Music.

NEUROTICA is a record that pulls you into the darkness, captivating the listener with its siren songs. Drown out the floods and slowly scorching earth with disco decadence and melodic hooks, all grounded in the unique, spellbinding charisma of Joanie. The modern world can feel dystopian, but Joanie invites you to dance away the fear with glitter and excess..


Pregoblin is a collaboration between Alex Sebley and Jessica Winter.

There have been a few incarnations of the band but it’s when Alex and Jess met in 2016 it fell into place. Before Pregoblin formed, Alex was a member of The Saudis, alonsgside Lias and Nathan Saoudi, and Jessica is a producer and writer and has worked with members of Gorillaz, Fat White Family and Dinosaur Pile Up.

Pregoblin’s debut single Combustion is an incendiary groove produced by Alex and Jess and released on their label, Fnoord Communications.

Antony Szmierek  

Antony Szmierek is a spoken word and indie hip-hop artist making unique moves by blending his poetic, often introspective lyricism with undeniably smooth riffs and nostalgic beats. Hailed by Lauren Laverne as “the best thing I’ve heard all year” and described as “Mike Skinner spliced with Simon Armitage” – his track ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Fallacy’ spent 4 weeks on the 6 Music B-list, as well as being featured on Jack Saunders’ ‘Future Artists’ show on Radio 1. The same track also bagged the high score on Steve Lamacq’s legendary Round Table. Support continues to pour in from the likes of Craig Charles, Steve Lamacq, Nemone, Mary Anne Hobbs and Chris Hawkins.


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