We had an absolute blast at the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival!! Thank you for having us! Well organised, well looked after, great sound and great atmosphere.
We are very excited to be part of the Great British Rythm & Blues Festival!
Get your tickets here: http://www.bluesfestival.co.uk/tickets/get-your-tickets-now/
You can see us:
August Bank Holiday Weekend, Muni Stage, Saturday 2pm-2.45pm
ANOTHER NEW BAND FORMED FROM THE ASHES OF A BREAK-UP Last month we ran a piece on the new band Deep Blue Sea, built by Graeme Wheatley after the demise of the Little Devils. This month the other side of the ‘break-up’ have their say. British Blues Awards nominee,Yoka Qureshi-Kuiper and her partner Ray Qureshi, known as Big Ray tell us about their new band, Yoka and the Sugarbeats.
In November 2015 Big Ray and I took the plunge to go independent and part with Little Devils. We had a clear idea on what the sound and line-up of our new band should be – it was what we initially wanted for Little Devils but at the time it was not possible to come to an agreement with the band leader and management. Once the decision was made it didn’t take long to form a new band, we just called the people we imagined we would like to work with and they all said yes in a heartbeat. It has been a whirlwind ever since, after a couple of months of rehearsing we launched in February in the Cavern in Raynes Park, one of our favourite venues in London, and our diary started filling up nicely.
We play a lot in the South, places such as Rye, Dorking, Petts Wood etc. A couple of highlights in the coming months will be playing the popular Tuesday Night Music Club in Coulsdon and the Ilfracombe Blues Festival in November alongside KingKing, Laurence Jones and Royal Southern Brotherhood. [See below, page 22, Ed] In terms of plans for the future, we are taking it slowly; our main objective is to go out and play, to have fun with the audience. We play Blues & Soul originals and covers with a twist, we even dare to dabble in unapologetic pop which keeps us all on our toes. Ray is our musical leader, he wrote the music and some of the lyrics for the album 'The Storm Inside' as recorded with the Little Devils, a few of these songs have been re-arranged and added to our SugarBeats set.
Ray has been very busy writing new material for the SugarBeats and I caught the writer’s bug too which is exciting. Having a keyboard player in the band has opened up a whole new world of light and shade with Hammond mayhem and heart breaking piano. We will record an album in the near future but there is no rush; for now, it is important to get some mileage as a band and get as tight as we can be. A dream would be to expand with a horn section and backing vocalists. For now though, that is exactly what it is - a dream.
The response to our new band so far, has been overwhelming and the enthusiasm of each individual band member is nothing but contagious. On drums we have Spencer Blackledge, our left handed rhythm meister, Andy Pullin on bass, Andrew Papas on keys and Big Ray on guitar with myself, Yoka, on vocals, flute and saxophone.
For our gig guide or bookings please go to our website www.yoka.london or send us message on Facebook; www.facebook.com/YokaTheSugarBeats/ We are happy to chat. If the first 6 months are anything to go by, the future for Yoka and The Sugarbeats seems bright and shiny, with a big thanks to all the people who have been supporting us from the very beginning