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The Leisure Society

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Brighton, United Kingdom (2009 – present)

The Leisure Society is a British folk-pop band formed in Brighton in 2009 by Nick Hemming. Their debut single, “The Last of the Melting Snow”, was honoured with a 2009 Ivor Novello nomination for Best Song Musically & Lyrically. Their single “Save It for Someone Who Cares” was also nominated for the Ivor Novello in the same category in 2010, making the band one of very few consecutive nominees.

The band released their album, Alone Aboard The Ark, in 2013 through Full Time Hobby. The album is being supported by an eleven date tour of the UK, commencing on April 12 at The Kazimier in Liverpool and ending on April 25 at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. The new LP - recorded at Kinks frontman Ray Davies‘ Konk Studios - is the follow up to 2011’s lauded Into The Murky Water, which the band toured in ever distinctive fashion, including a date at the London Barbican backed by the 40-piece Heritage Orchestra.

Fittingly, Alone Aboard The Ark sees the band expanding their arcadian, Baroque pop sound with a more diverse array of sounds and inventive orchestration. Following a summer of rehearsals beside the River Ouse in Befordshire, The Leisure Society decamped to Konk Studios to begin recording the tracks that would become Alone Aboard The Ark. Having declared himself a fan of The Leisure Society, Kinks frontman Ray Davies (owner of Konk) originally sought out the band to help him arrange and record his new solo material, and also included the band in his curation of 2011’s Meltdown Festival on the South Bank.

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