Boy Azooga

Boy Azooga - Dreampop from Cardiff with a rather odd name.

Boy Azooga
Boy Azooga – Dreampop from Cardiff with a rather odd name.

Boy Azooga – In Concert – broadcast by RTS -Couleur 3 In Concert – broadcast October 26, 2020 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

Boy Azooga to start off the week.

Boy Azooga are a Welsh indie rock group from Cardiff, Wales. Formed in 2017, the group is led by front man Davey Newington (vocals, guitar), who is joined live by band members Dafydd Davies (drums), Sam Barnes (bass), and Dylan Morgan (keyboard).

The group have been described as influenced by an eclectic spate of sources, from Run-DMC, to William Onyeabor, to the Beach Boys. The early releases were a result of work between lead singer Davey Newington and hip hop producer Ed Al-Shakarchi (Dr Ed Boogie).

The band name originates from the 1994 comedy film The Little Rascals, which Newington would watch as a child when visiting his grandmother in Scotland.

In 2017 the band made their first festival appearance at Green Man Festival in the Brecon Beacons.

The band toured their debut album in several British towns and cities in June 2018. Later that year they performed at Paradiso in Amsterdam and at the Live at Leeds festival.

Boy Azooga made their television debut in May 2018 on Later… with Jools Holland, alongside fellow Welsh artists Gwenno and Manic Street Preachers. Newington has also appeared on a show hosted by Mike D of the Beastie Boys as well as having their music featured on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music.

In 2018, the band appeared at The Last Music Bar in Brighton for the 2018 Great Escape Festival, as part of the Horizons Gorwelion project.

In May 2019, the band performed as a warm up act at Cardiff Castle for Noel Gallagher and his act High Flying Birds. His brother Liam has also previously claimed that the band are his “favourite up and coming artist”.

A little chatty in places, with the Swiss announcers getting excited here and there, drowning out the intros to several songs. But it’s such a good concert, you can’t let that bother you.

Crank it up anyway.

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