QMF 2013 was envisioned by Rockbar NYC and Monarch Presents as a
platform for the best that queer music has to offer! The roster includes
a dizzying variety of acts from rock to hip-hop, punk to electro and
Bright Light Bright Light is the moniker of Welsh-born Rod Thomas, a singer, writer, producer and DJ that NME have called “the boy Robyn in all but name”.
September 2010′s debut single ‘Love Part II’ (Popjustice Hifi / Virgin) was a taster of what Rod has been working on for his debut album ‘Make Me Believe In Hope’ with the likes of Andy Chatterley (Kylie / Nerina Pallot), Boom Bip (Neon Neon) and The Invisible Men (Jessie J). Drawing influence from the late 80s and early 90s, Rod has crafted a brand of shimmering electro-pop that nods to Depeche Mode, Bjork, Yazoo and Ace of Base. Mixing a love of classic songwriting with a love of the dancefloor, Attitude Magazine describes him as “Creator of emotional disco moments that only Kylie or Robyn can normally provide.”
He opened for Ellie Goulding on her 2010 ‘Lights’ tour, and has played alongside Sound Of Arrows and Monarchy, as well as at South By Southwest, and later this year will appear at Bestival. He’s remixed the likes of Ellie Goulding, Nerina Pallot and James Yuill, written songs with some of his favourite producers and also runs ‘Another Night’ clubnight in London where he and a fellow Neath export spin the best 1990s dance cuts.
Magazines, blogspots and hype machine charts agree that Bright Light Bright Light’s future looks very promising indeed.
On his soul?stirring new EP Falling Up: The Pursuit of Life, Love and Happiness Part 1, singer/songwriter/multi?instrumentalist Corey TuT serves up high?powered hooks and fiercely intimate lyrics that boldly explore light, dark, and the shadowy spaces in between. An ingenious mix of playful pop and gut?punching rock ballads, the new EP represents an ambitious departure from the in?your?face attitude of TuT’s 2008 album, Everything. “I released a lot of anger on the last album, so Falling Up comes from a much more hopeful place,” says the New York?based TuT. “It’s about letting go, and learning how to be grateful and happy in my life.”