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R51 bio

R51 formed in 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Self Produced, their debut EP “Pillow Talk” was championed by the BBC Introducing show Across the Line and they performed at BBC stages at Reading and Leeds festivals in 2015. Pillow Talk went on to be critically acclaimed by Irish Magazines and Music Mags and R51 toured Ireland throughout 2015, playing all major festivals in Northern Ireland (Stendhal, Sunflowerfest, Spectrum, Aperture & Swell).

They performed with Lonely The Brave on the Doc Marten’s “Stand for Something” Tour 2015, and also appeared at a sold-out Ulster Hall celebrating the 30th anniversary of BBC introducing in Northern Ireland in 2016, which was broadcast live by the BBC. At this prestigious event they performed with artists such as Therapy, Neill Hannon, & SOAK.

Founding members Melyssa Shannon, Jonny Woods, Aaron Black and Anton Hughes began their career in 2013 when they were chosen to be featured in the prestigious music industry mentorship programme “Scratch My Progress” in the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast, following in the footsteps of other talented N.Irish artists such as Go Wolf (Maison Kitsune artist) and BBC radio 1 featured artist Katharine Philippa. They were joined by drummer Matt Killen in 2014 while recording their debut EP.

In 2014 they gained attention from across the atlantic when live streaming secret gigs from dive bars in Belfast through their website, and their self produced and released second EP “NO CHILL” (released 12th September) has had raving pre-release reviews.


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