By The Rivers, a 6 Piece Original New Age Reggae band, formed in the Spring of 2010 by Leicester friends since birth, Nile Barrow and Jordan Birtles. It was with a passion for the sound, culture and style of the music that they began to write songs with social comment, positive messages, as well as love songs and all things that affect the youth of today. They write and record all the songs and arrangements themselves.
The line up sees Nile on Lead Vocals/Guitar, Jordan on Drums/Vocals, Will Todd on Saxophone, Leo May on Trumpet, Matt Willars on Bass and Sam Read on Keyboard/Guitar/Backing Vocals. Nile and Jordan also perform as a duo with two Vocals, an Acoustic Guitar and a Melodica! Stripped down to the songs core!
May 2010 saw their first full band gig in Leicester and the response was amazing! They played and sounded like they’d been playing for years – not like the 5 rehearsals they’d actually had! Word spread around Leicester like a bush fire. This band was hot. 7 gigs in they had supported DAWN KINNARD, NEVILLE STAPLES, TOPLOADER and FUN LOVIN CRIMINALS (on 2 of their September 2010 tour dates at Norwich UEA and Cambridge The Junction) to more accolades and positive feedback. CDR copies of their 5 track EP sold-out at each gig and now every promoter in town wants them on their bill!
2011 has seen the band releasing their latest EP entitled 'EP 2', as well as supporting THE BUZZCOCKS, MAXI PRIEST, MUSICAL YOUTH, DAWN PENN, SAXON SOUND, NEVILLE STAPLE, JOHN HOLT & THE SPECIALS on their 15 Date UK Arena Tour in October. The year has also seen the release of their Debut Single 'One Word' which reached No.21 in the iTunes Reggae Singles Charts, as well as receiving BBC Radio 6 Airplay on Lauren Laverne's & Huey Morgan's shows. Their EP Package entitled 'EP1+EP2' reached No.2 in the iTunes Reggae Album Charts, coming 2nd to Bob Marley. The band have also played on the BBC Introducing Stage at T IN THE PARK, having their set videoed by the BBC and gaining BBC Radio 1 Airplay. Acoustic sessions from Nile and Jordan have also been performed on BBC Radio Nottingham's visuals show 'The Beat' and also an A64 session on SB.TV.
2012 was a busy year for By The Rivers with recording their debut album and then jetting off to Europe supporting the likes of The Slackers and Tarrus Riley, before hitting the European festival scene. By The Rivers returned home to smash the UK festival circuit, creating big waves with promoters and punters alike, capturing the public in the frenzy. After explosive performances at the likes of Secret Garden Party, One Love Festival, Larmer Tree and Summer Sundae, and the release of their second single 'Don't Say You Love Me', 2013 is set to be a big year starting with the release of their third single 'Take Control', along with a spring release of their Debut Album, a European and UK tour, and then back to hit the festivals again. This youthful ‘New Age Reggae’ band are really one to watch out for!
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