A Festival, A Parade are an alternative rock band from Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
Since their formation in late 2015, the four-piece have already been widely championed by the people of the North and further afield, who have taken a shine to their unique blend of energetic, dark, intricate and melodic rock.
The release of their debut EP ‘A Piece Of Meat, An Irregular Heartbeat’ was greeted with an array of acclaim and buzz, which culminated in a sell-out launch show at Newcastle’s ‘The Cluny’. The band saw their single ‘If Dogs Could Talk’ reach prestigious heights, recieving features on blogs world-wide, including a premiere with DIY Magazine and features from Louder Than War, Indie For Bunnies and Blahblahblahscience, as well as a multitude of airplay from, among others, Tom Robinson at BBC Radio 6 and an overwhelming inclusion in the Amazing Radio Chart alongside the likes of Slaves, Angel Olsen and The Japanese House.
In spite of their short lifespan, AFAP have put on an impressive number of hectic live shows, as well as a selection of festivals in the North of England including the BBC Introducing stage at Lindisfarne Festival and a headline slot at the North East’s precious and prestigious Evolution Emerging Festival. On top of this, AFAP have a dense array of performances under their belt alongside the likes of Maximo Park, Public Service Broadcasting, Primal Scream, Super Furry Animals, Teleman, Tall Ships, Lanterns On The Lake and VANT in a number of different cities around the UK.
AFAP return in 2017 with their sophomore single 'People Person', which is available for digital purchase now.
“The four-piece specialise in dark, atmospheric build. Brooding baritone vocals only add to hints of The National, but in ‘If Dogs Could Talk…’, they throw themselves towards completely different territory in the space of four minutes. Structures collapse with the flick of a switch, and the group swing from elegant gloominess to hyperactive, twitching math-rock. Nothing’s off the agenda.” – DIY Mag
“It’s melodic, yet noisy. Its dark, yet it has its light moments. It’s loud, and then it’s quiet. Their sound is delightfully schizophrenic. It definitely has legs and their weirdness intrigues.” – Louder Than War
“By turns desolate and beautiful, a lopsided look at alternative rock that’s already turning heads on the blogs.” – Glasswerk
“There are shades of The National and co’s deep-seated, brooding sense of intrigue in the EP, which is a hefty burst of guitar-led somberness, all flashes of dense guitar and pulsating percussion.” – GoldFlakePaint