An avid gardener, multi-instrumentalist and vocal powerhouse - Joe Probert has been making huge waves alongside his band, The Honeycomb Dreams throughout his hometown of Bristol and beyond. Following on from BBC Radio 1 support of 'I Couldn't Want You More', Joe has supported artists such as Sam Fender and Curtis Harding, has been featured in Mahogany's 'Covers' series, played his own sold out headline show and performed at Glastonbury and Boomtown festivals.Starting out as a drummer in a soul band aged just 13, Joe was imbibed in the raw and infectious emotion of Stevie Wonder and Otis Redding. Teen years exposed Joe to the alternative blues and slack rock of The Black Keys and Mac DeMarco and the gospel psych-funk of Matt Corby, providing the inspiration to the sound and artist he is now.•• James Humphrys •• James Humphrys is a 23-year-old songwriter/producer and multi-instrumentalist predominantly based in Bristol. His debut 5-track EP, ‘Sun Mantra’, released in March 2017, receiving numerous radio plays including BBC Introducing in the West and Eagle Radio and with tracks added to Spotify’s ‘Fresh Finds: Six Strings playlist’, James has since been prolifically gigging in Bristol and beyond. Following the success of his next single, ‘The River’, recorded and released from his bedroom in March 2018, James sold out his first headline show at The Crofters Rights, Bristol in June 2018. His most recent single, ‘I’m Not Your Man’ was added to Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday UK’ and ‘Hot New Bands’ playlists. Shortly after returning from his first cruise-ship contract at sea, James and his band were BBC Upload’s House Band of the Week with Adam Crowther. Taking influence from bands such as Foals, Parcels and Real Estate, James’s sound is a unique concoction of funk-filled dream pop, his tropical dream sandwich as he calls it. James has played venues ranging from the Royal Albert Hall to Thekla, supporting bands including San Cisco, Shortstraw, Cassia and New Carnival. In addition to multiple sets with Sofar Sounds, London, James has also joined the lineup at several festivals including Glastonbury, 2000 Trees Festival, Bristol Harbour Side Festival and Dot to Dot Festival.
2019 hopes to see James continuing to expand his reach, gigging further afield, with plans to release an EP after his return from the high seas in September. Whether performing with his five-piece band or playing stripped back sets with his acoustic guitar, catch James at a venue near you with his cheeky grin, the occasional leg flourish and a fair amount of mostly-bashful bopping.