The Baby Seals Summer Update 23 July 2018
The Baby Seals have had their busiest year yet. They’ve squeezed all of the annual leave out of their work places and poured themselves into Kerry’s car, ready and primed to hit the great gig venues of the United Kingdom and northern Europe. They have secured some excellent festival slots, at Femrock Fest Brighton, Derbyshire’s Indietracks and Loud Women Fest III. They’ve sold out of the first run of their self-titled EP and are releasing a special edition, which will help raise funds for Bloody Good Period. Last but not least, the band will be setting off on their first tour of the European mainland. They’ve landed gigs in Duisberg, Köln, Antwerp and Amsterdam amongst others.
They kicked-off (geddit) their summer with a headline slot at Femrock Fest Brighton, sharing the bill with Sit Down, Charmpit and Militant Girlfriend. Brighton’s Finest described the band’s performance as “Body positivity and patriarchy smashing, they made me genuinely laugh, and also cry at the overwhelming feeling of solidarity amongst the crowd.”
Hoping to replicate this feeling, they’re heading towards a slot at the coveted Indietracks festival in Derbyshire. Catch them at the Church stage on the Sunday sharing a bill with Sink Ya Teeth, Lovely Eggs and Dream Wife. In anticipation of this, the band have been invited to two warm-up gigs, in Cambridge and Ipswich respectively.
Onto August, the seals will be turning their attention to Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool, after a night of supporting Dream Nails in Manchester and Leeds. When questioned, the seals said they were intending to simultaneously smash the patriarch whilst ramming candyfloss down their gobs. I don’t know about you, but we’re excited to see how that plays out.
Last, but by no means least, The Baby Seals have been invited to return to Loud Women Fest. This will be the third incarnation of the London-based Female LGBTQ organisation’s fabulous festival. Catch it at The Dome in Tufnell Park.
Special edition EP
Having sold out of the original run, the seals have released a special edition of their debut EP which includes Masturbation Month inspired-track Vibrator. The band have teamed up with Bloody Good Period, who supply menstrual supplies to asylum seekers, refugees and those who can’t afford them. 10% of all proceeds from the special edition EP will go to this important organisation.
Empowerpop European Tour
Everyone knows that all good tours start with a good warm-up. At The Blue Moon on 14 October, The Baby Seals will be headlining, for the first time in Cambridge, UK this year with support from the excellently named DoYouThinkHeSaurus?. Once they’ve recovered from that, the girls are starting their European mainland tour in Folkstone, before heading over the waters to Djazz in Duisberg on Saturday 20 October. With a currently TBC stopover in Amsterdam on the 19th, before heading to play in Bielefeld, Germany on Tuesday 23rd. The countdown to the weekend begins Thursday 25th at Juz in Manheim and then Friday 26th at Illusion in Bamberg. Saturday 27th sees the seals play their penultimate gig in Köln at Limes before they head off to Antwerp on Sunday 28th for the final date of the tour.
Forthcoming Live Dates:
24 July / Cambridge / The Blue Moon (w/ The Smittens)
27-29 July / Indie Tracks Festival Derby
3 August / Wharf Chambers Leeds (w/ Dream Nails)
4 August / The Peer Hat (w/ Dream Nails) Manchester
5 August / Rebellion Punk Festival Blackpool
11 August / Smokehouse / Ipswich (w/ Shark Muffin)
15 September / Loudwomen Fest / The Dome London
Empower Pop Tour
Sun 14 October / UK / Cambridge / The Blue Moon
Thu 18 UK / FolkStone / Lady Luck
Fri 19 NL / Amsterdam TBA
Sat 20 DE / Duisburg / Djazz
Sun/Mon 21 or 22 (looking for a show)
Tue 23 DE / Bielefeld / Potemkin
Wed 24 (looking for a show)
Thu 25 DE / Manheim / Jüz
Fri 26 DE / Bamberg / Illusion
Sat 27 De / Cologne / Limes
Sun 28 BE / Antwerp / TBA