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“There’s no greater feeling than being licked by the Common Tongues” Jeremy Sallis, BBC Radio Cambridge

“The best new band I’ve heard in Brighton this year” Tony Marks, New Music Show, Juice FM

“Foot stomping soul, charming harmonies, powerful violin and keys with an addictive cheeky energetic presence on stage that can only spread silent grins across the audiences’ faces. Its no wonder they have such a loyal following already…” Regency Magazine, Feb 2011

“With their tasteful vocal harmonies, dynamic arrangements and undeniable pop appeal, the Common Tongues are definitely a band to keep a beady eye on.”Mike Fawcett,

Hailing from the shores of Brighton in the UK, Common Tongues were formed in 2010 by childhood friends Tom Anderson and Oli Hinkins. The band combine their love of tender and emotive song writing with a passion for experimentation and atmospherics. They mix an attention to memorable yet complex melodies with the percussive explosions of Efterklang and Local Natives. They also cite Yann Tiersen, Villagers, Radiohead and Brian Wilson as inspiration.

Having released their first single ‘Jumping Ships’ midway through 2011 on Something Nothing Records (Billy Vincent/Sweet Sweet Lies), they have been gigging intensively around the UK and hitting the festival circuit hard with slots at Bestival, Secret Garden Party, The Alternative Escape, Playgroup and Meadowlands alongside support slots with Beth Jeans Houghton, Michelle Stodart , Brother & Bones and Alice Gold.

2012 has seen the band play Focus Wales, Alternative Escape, Liverpool Sound City, London Folkfest, Hop Farm, Cornbury, Lubstock and Tonefest amongst others with a live session on BBC Introducing South and finishing in the top 5 of the Isambard Folk Awards.

Having just showcased at the fabulous Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg to a packed audience and securing a European agent as a result, they are due to play Norwich Sound & Vision conference and Sligo Live in Ireland. They have also featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming film “Pictures of Lily” which is set to tour film festivals in the coming months. As the year draws to a close the band are gearing up for the release of their next single ‘Solitary Thinker’ in spring 2013 and its companion E.P. ‘Brother’ with art by Oliver Wallington & Jen O’Brien and animation by Chloe Rodham.


€8 available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings)


Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).