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When Fri 15 November 2019 from 19:45 until 23:30
What The Pad presents... SARPA SALPA / BUTTERFLY / SARA / THE SUKIS! (£5)
How Much £5.00
More Details The Pad Presents... SARPA SALPA / BUTTERFLY / SARA / THE SUKIS!


Since their formation George (Guitar), Marcus (Vox / Guitar), Ethan (Bass) & Charlie (Drums) have been making a lot of noise honing their live show. Taking influences from Foals, Tame Impala & Friendly Fires, Sarpa Salpa strive to create upbeat, danceable tracks with unexpected changes and hidden meanings.

The band headed into 2019 as ones to watch following a hectic year playing over 60 shows with 20 UK Festivals including The Big Feastival, Wilkestock, BBC Introducing Live & BLOGTOBER Festival all whilst still working their day jobs.

In October 2018 the band released their debut single SMITH on digital and 7” vinyl format, picking up favourable reviews and gaining airplay on regional BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio & BBC Radio 6 Music, sparking the interest and radio plays from both Steve Lamacq & Chris Hawkins.

Keen to capitalise on the groundwork created by SMITH and relentless gigging, the band kicked off 2019 with the release of “CASANOVA” in February. During the same week the band performed at Bedford Esquires as part of Independent Venue Week. Steve Lamacq attended the gig and subsequently played new single “CASANOVA” several times on his show on BBC 6 Music as well as interviewing the band on air, comparing the bands intense live show to a “young Catfish & the Bottlemen”.

A month later “CASANOVA” gained further recognition as BBC Radio 1 and made the track their BBC Introducing ‘Single of the Week’, an achievement relatively unheard of for unsigned bands. Sparking plays and positive feedback from the likes of Greg James, Matt Edmundson & Clara Amfo among others as well as bringing a whole new audience to the band. The band followed this up with packed out headline shows in April at Camden Assembly and Northampton’s 750 capacity Roadmender.

Returning to the studio in spring, Sarpa Salpa set about recording their new single “BEFORE IT GOES DARK” one of the bands darker tracks to date which was released in August which has picked up numerous airplay on Radio 1 (Jack Saunders) BBC 6 Music (Steve Lamacq / Chris Hawkins) & Radio X (John Kennedy)


The Butterfly sound has been described as "Psychedelic Everly Brothers." Influences range from The Beatles to Sparks and Todd Rundgren, and the four of them deliver it all onstage with fun and swagger.


Exciting new artist SARA takes second slot on the evening Last year's lo-fi single 'Low Signal' heralded an introduction to an artist who is set for a big year in 2019. SARA started as a solo music venture by singer songwriter Sarah Cosgrove with the release of her 2017 EP 'Haunt'. Since then the project has evolved to encompass a bigger sound with the addition of two new members and increasingly diverse material. Citing influences as varied as Sufjan Stevens to Frank Ocean, their tone shifts around acoustic, electronic and indie, all the while maintaining something personal, with an unnerving vulnerability to their sound.

Upcoming releases will see a huge shift in production from earlier offerings, with bold song writing that underpins SARA's main aim of always making something meaningful. You will be hearing much more from the songwriter in coming months, make sure you make it in for her set!

Plus opening guests THE SUKIS!

Entry £5 in advance, more on the door.
Doors 7.45pm

Online tickets are available from:

Advance tickets available from the usual outlets:
- Farleys
- Jolly Brown
- Bar 85
- Davids Music (Letchworth)
- Unikorn (Stevenage)

16+ with photo ID - younger patrons can be signed in at the door and accompanied for the duration of the show by a responsible adult.

Earplugs are available upon request (50p).

Downstairs bar open until 1am.

Like all our gigs this show finishes well in time for the last trains North and South to Cambridge/Peterborough and London and we are just a 5 minute stroll from the station.

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