Entry Requirements: 18+ after 7pm
Think of Flight Brigade as a family as much as a seven-strong band and you start to understand the chemistry between them. Think of their songs as epic stories to which each member is essential and you begin to grasp what makes their music so powerful. Watch them perform and you can’t fail to be struck by the special bond they share.
Flight Brigade’s strength in numbers suits the scope of their songs. The grand orchestral sweeps, the crunching anthemic guitars, With male/female vocals & strings set amidst synths & heavy guitars, their explosive live show feels like it’s their last day on earth, ‘as if Arcade Fire had a face off with Fleetwood Mac and then Renaissance came in for the kill’.
Flight Brigade is the coming together of two families the Baines and the Hughes. Ollie Baines (lead singer) grew up on a farm in Ohio before moving across the pond to a sleepy Hampshire village. At the other end of his street lived two sisters, Miriam and Dorry Hughes. Ollie and Miriam got married and, with sister Dorry, rallied local friends to form the 7 piece Flight Brigade. It proved to be a melting pot of contrasting influences, Ollie had absorbed the Americana of his childhood, but shared Thomas’ (guitarist) and Neil’s (drummer)love of heavier bands. Miriam and Dorry meanwhile were more influenced by the music of their childhood, their parents being part of the 70’s British folk scene.
Flight Brigade’s sound takes you on a haunting journey from dark dystopian soundscapes into triumphant optimism through a lifting combination of driving piano, soaring strings, accelerating guitars and intertwining harmonies.
Having supported Grouplove, Dry The River, Stornoway, King Charles and Seth Lakeman, the band also won two live competitions to play main stages at Hop Farm and Blissfields festivals. Alongside live sessions for BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing, TOMS & Lee Cooper the band’s EP has been played on national radio in Canada (CBC Radio 2) as well as BBC 6 in the UK (Steve Lamacq & Tom Robinson) and Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2). The band were also commissioned to compose the music for an ITV documentary about Syria and Haiti as well as a campaign for Unicef. They are currently finishing their debut album, co-produced by Gavin Monaghan (Kings of Leon, The Editors).