UP THE BUG (Party Rock/Ska) - Artist Discovery

It's a pleasure to introduce to you all todays Artist Discovery, Party Rock/Ska four piece UP THE BUG!


The Bristol based band have created an enjoyably upbeat and distinguishable sound for themselves - delivering an energetic performance fusing elements of rock and ska.


Keen to spread positive vibes and an optimistic message, these up and coming musicians show no signs of slowing down any time soon...


Credit: Robert Vek

Formed only at the beginning of 2019, UP THE BUG have already achieved an awful lot on their journey so far. Having played their first BBC radio session within a month of forming (leading to a later residency slot), the band went on to perform at Hempiness Music Festival in Italy and hit the road on a summer tour all over Europe & UK.


With the world gripped by the current Coronavirus pandemic, the Ska Rockers were forced to cancel their April tour and respective single release...


...not ones to be easily disheartened, though, the talented musicians were quick to combat this problem by writing, recording and shooting a video for a brand new song - 'Killin Time' - spreading their optimistic outlook and positive spirits whilst dealing with this strange and confusing time.


The group also embarked the first ever digital world tour - performing live from home on streaming platforms all across the world.



Drummer Jimbo Buswell and Keyboardist Max Flenley maintain a tight and consistent rhythmic performance, each capturing an energetic live feel both in live videos and on the record.


Lead guitar and bass duties fall to Max Lee, who blends an array of catchy melodious riffs and rich rhythm tones - not too much and not too little of each, to provide a dynamically pleasing end result.


Lead vocalist and guitarist Jay Hawkins gives a strong and dedicated performance showcasing his thrillingly distinctive sound with attitude driven vocals and exciting hooks.


The band followed 'Killin Time' with the song 'Daddy (No Way)' on 15th May...



Not quite content yet, the band also organised and hosted their very own Isolation Music Festival on their social media - with live performances from themselves alongside many other talented artists from around the UK.


The best bit? Accompanying the streams was a donation link - with 100% of all funds raised donated to support the NHS. More than ever we need to be kind and compassionate to one another - and it's clear these Bristol based musicians plan on spreading the love! Major ratings to them.


The future looks incredibly bright for Up The Bug - with a new EP and even an exciting documentary (filmed across their European tour) on it's way. The band have generously decided again to give 50% of all profits made from their highly anticipated EP to the NHS.


Hats off to the boys and here's to their future...we're looking forward to it!

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