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INDIGO APARTMENT: Talented new band from Bushey reach the finals in nationwide competition

 Published on: 27th June 2024   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Bushey-based band finished as runners-up in a nationwide competition designed to find emerging talent to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival.

Fin and Monty, two brothers from Bushey, met Sarah and Luke from Watford when the four were all students at Queens’ School in Bushey. In April 2022, the four friends, who range in age from 19 to 22, set up Indigo Apartment. Fin and Sarah are the band’s guitarists, Luke is the drummer, and Monty is the frontman, vocalist and bassist.

The band, who describe themselves as “alternative indie rock”, were scouted back in September to take part in the Isle of Wight Festival New Blood Competition. The contest sees more than 5,000 bands and artists battle it out to perform at one of the UK’s biggest music festivals.

Indigo Apartment were fast tracked into the quarter-final in February, before progressing to the semi-finals in April. At the grand final on May 25, the band performed to a sold-out audience at Tooting Tram and Social and finished as runners-up.

Despite narrowly missing out on the win, Indigo Apartment say the competition was a valuable opportunity to network, be seen by industry professionals and increase their fan base. It was also an opportunity to perform their new single, Shake the Handle, a powerful song about “a lack of motivation, the feeling of being unable to get out of bed, turn the handle and leave your room”. The band says it is “the best thing we’ve done so far”.

The single will be released on Spotify and Apple Music at midnight on July 11, the day before Indigo Apartment’s headline gig at Trinity Bar in Harrow. The song is also the lead single on an EP the band is planning to release next spring.

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