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Video of the week: Ells Bailey 'If This is Love'



Following on from winning ‘Live Act Of The Year’ at the UK Americana Awards 2024 and ‘Vocalist Of the Year’ at the UK Blues Awards 2024, Elles Bailey returns with new single ‘If This Is Love’. The track is the third to be taken from her forthcoming album Beneath The Neon Glow, which comes August 9th on Cooking Vinyl Records.

A raw and soulful banger, ‘If This Is Love’ is Elles’ angry love song. Full of sass and taking the power back from heartbreak, Elles’ stunning vocals sit beautifully on top of the blues driven guitar. “I love the expression ‘when you like a flower, you just pluck it, but when you love a flower, you water it daily. The latter allows the flower to grow and blossom, whilst the former allows it to wither and die.’” Elles says. “This song is written about someone who trampled all over my heart and I totally lost who I was in that relationship. And if I am being honest, I never actually walked away, so I decided to re-write that story 14 years later, and this time I am the one who walks away!”

Beneath The Neon Glow sees Elles intertwine British roots, Americana and blues across ten powerfully, uplifting tracks. Produced by Dan Weller (Enter Shikari) and recorded with Elles’ exceptional and trusted live band, the album is an exploration of love's myriad forms. Through lyrically vulnerable and brutally honest songwriting, Elles delves into the depths of heartbreak, the resilience of friendship, and the enduring power of love that spans a lifetime. From the fleeting moments to the love that withstands the test of time, she fearlessly navigates through the spectrum of human emotion, offering listeners an intimate glimpse into her journey.

“I might be new to some people, but I have been around for quite a long while. I'm not here for a flash-in-the-pan moment. I want a long-term career in music. I love what I do. I love that I get to take it around the world. So if I can continue to do that, and just play to larger audiences and continue to grow, that's exactly what I'll do.”

Elles and her A list band will be taking her new album on the road for a run of dates in the Autumn of 2024, including a show at London’s Islington Assembly Hall on November 2nd. With a jam packed festival season in the UK and Europe over the summer, playing the likes of Glastonbury, Cropredy, HebCelt, and Beautiful Days, Elles has also just announced a UK In-Store tour to celebrate the album’s release in August.

AUGUST IN-STORE SHOWS:

Sat 10th OXFORD, Truck

Sat 10th MARLBOROUGH, Sound Knowledge

Sun 11th BIRMINGHAM, HMV Vault

Sun 1th LEAMINGTON SPA, Temperance

Mon 12th MANCHESTER, HMV

Mon 12th LIVERPOOL, Jacaranda

Tue 13th LEEDS, Vinyl Whistle

Wed 14th BRIGHTON, Resident

Thu 15th BRISTOL, Rough Trade

SEPTEMBER

Wed 25th LINCOLN, The Drill

Thu 26th NORWICH, Waterfront

Fri 27th CAMBRIDGE, Cambridge Junction

Sat 28th OXFORD, O2 Academy 2

OCTOBER

Fri 11th CARLISLE, Carlisle Blues Festival

Sat 12th GLOUCESTER, Gloucester Guildhall

Thu 24th EXETER, Exeter Phoenix

Sat 26th BRISTOL, SWX

NOVEMBER

Sat 2nd LONDON, Islington Assembly Hall

Sun 3rd SOUTHAMPTON, Engine Rooms

Thu 14th SUNDERLAND, The Fire Station

Fri 15th EDINBURGH, Cabaret Voltaire

Sat 16th GLASGOW, Oran Mor

Sun 17th CHESTER, The Live Rooms

Sat 30th WOLVERHAMPTON, KK’s Steel Mill

DECEMBER

Sun 1st LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club

With a top 50 album, achieved independently, an ever growing and adoring fanbase, as well as countless awards and a weekly radio show on Planet Rock already under her belt, Elles is ready to take things to the next step and there’s no better album for her to take that journey with.

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