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Art School Girlfriend


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Introducing Art School Girlfriend - the most recent signing to Paul Epworth's record label, Wolf Tone (The Horrors, Glass Animals). Her debut track, 'Bending Back' is taken from the forthcoming EP 'Measures', out 29th September.

Originally from Wrexham North Wales, Polly is now based in Margate's creative community after spending 5 years in the London music scene with fronting a shoegaze band. Art School Girlfriend is the next chapter in the musical tapestry of Polly's life - exploring themes of lust, queer identity, infatuation and disillusionment.

Margate's coastline has provided a dramatic and apt backdrop for the upcoming debut EP, reflected in not only her uniquely intoxicating sound, but also the artwork and aesthetic. With everything written and produced by Polly in her studio space (which is nestled alongside Gabriel Stebbing, Ghost Culture et al) finishing touches were added at Epworth's infamous Church Studios. Raised on the music of The Velvet Underground, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave and Patti Smith, Art School Girlfriend's music is atmospheric and stark in equal measure, a perfect balance of calm and chaos.

'Measure's EP will have a limited run of 300 vinyl (with hand finished artwork) and a live show for the launch at The Nines in Peckham on Wednesday 27th Sept (promoted by Parallel Lines).

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  • 05 Oct, 2018

    Art School Girlfriend: St Pancras Sold Out!

    Tonight's show by Art School Girlfriend at St Pancras Old Church, London is now SOLD OUT!.


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  • 17 Sep, 2018

    Art School Girlfriend: New Video 'Distance (Blank)'

    Art School Girlfriend presents the video for her new track 'Distance (Blank)', on Wolf Tone.


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  • 20 Jul, 2018

    Deer Shed Festival #9

    Deer Shed #9, 'Making Waves' will be taking place in North Yorkshire from 20th - 22nd July, and will feature Primary Talent artists:

    ...Art School Girlfriend


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  • 27 Jun, 2018

    Art School Girlfriend: New Video 'Moon'

    Art School Girlfriend - the most recent signing to Paul Epworth's record label, Wolf Tone (The Horrors, Glass Animals) - shares her new video for 'Moon', the follow up track from her intoxicating debut EP 'Measures'.

    Welcome to The Moonlight Working Women's Club - the new atmospheric visual which perfectly complements her most recent haunting track. The video is directed by Luke Tierney and follows Art School Girlfriend disrupting the all-female cast in a stark nighttime setting.

    Speaking on the video Art School Girlfriend said:
    "At night, it feels like you can express yourself and interact with people in a way that daytime doesn't allow, or if you avoid the light, you can simply move through the world unseen. I wanted the video to explore this whilst also subverting gender norms by creating The Moonlight Working Women's Club."

    Originally from North Wales, she decamped to London for five years where she fronted a shoegaze band before settling in Margate, Kent. Opting for the new moniker Art School Girlfriend, her self-produced tracks explore themes of queer identity, lust and disillusionment. Having released critically acclaimed debut EP 'Measures' earlier this year, 'Moon' is a taste of what's to come taken of her second EP due for release later this summer.

    Having recently played at The Great Escape and BBC Radio 1's Big Weekender, Art School Girlfriend has confirmed a series of live dates across the UK - outlined below.

    Armed with beautifully crafted songs and an enigmatic stage presence 2018 looks set to be Art School Girlfriend's breakout year.


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  • 26 Jun, 2018

    Art School Girlfriend: UK Tour

    Art School Girlfriend will tour the UK during October 2018.


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  • 29 May, 2018

    Art School Girlfriend: At Inrocks Les Bains #16

    Art School Girfriend will appear at Inrocks Les Bains #16 in Paris, on 14th June.


  • 18 May, 2018

    The Great Escape: Friday 18th May

    The Great Escape festival will take place at multiple venues across Brighton, from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May, and a great many Primary Talent International & Decked Out artists will be taking part.

    Friday 18th May
    ...Pale Grey
    ...Denzel Himself
    ...Canshaker Pi
    ...Ten Tonnes
    ...Nilufer Yanya
    ...Ama Lou
    ...Dylan Cartlidge
    ...Art School Girlfriend
    ...Sports Team
    ...Malena Zavala
    ...Connie Constance
    ...Avalanche Party
    ...Yellow Days
    ...Bad Sounds
    ...SASSY 009
    ...Erol Alkan
    ...Esther Joy
    ...Cowboy Rhythmbox

    For further information, consult The Great Escape website.


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  • 10 May, 2018

    Art School Girlfriend: BBC Music Introducing

    Margate-based Art School Girlfriend performs 'Moon' at BBC Music Introducing in Kent's 10th Birthday Party at the Tunbridge Wells Forum.


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  • 24 Apr, 2018

    BBC Music: The Biggest Weekend Swansea

    BBC Music's The Biggest Weekend festival in Swansea on the weekend of 26th/27th May, will feature many Primary Talent artists.

    Radio 1 Other Stage
    ...Wolf Alice
    ...Steel Banglez
    ...J Hus

    BBC Introducing Stage
    ...Art School Girlfriend
    ...Connie Constance

    This event is already SOLD OUT.


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  • 20 Apr, 2018

    Liverpool Sound City 2018

    Sound City takes place at various venues in the Baltic Triangle of Liverpool, over the weekend of 5th / 6th May, and features many Primary Talent artists including Saturday night headliners DMA's.

    Saturday 5th May
    ...DMA's (Headliner)
    ...Neon Waltz
    ...Art School Girlfriend
    ...Avalanche Party
    ...Ginger Snaps
    ...Husky Loops
    ...Jordan Allen
    ...Malena Zavala

    Sunday 6th May
    ...The Night Cafe
    ...Yellow Days
    ...Paris Youth Foundation
    ...Puma Blue
    ...Benny Mails
    ...Connie Constance
    ...Daniel Alexander
    ...Gaffa Tape Sandy
    ...King Nun


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05 Oct 18St Pancras Old ChurchLondon, UK
06 Oct 18Dials FestivalSouthsea, UK
07 Oct 18Hare & HoundsBirmingham, UK
08 Oct 18Hug & PintGlasgow, UK
10 Oct 18Sneaky Pete'sEdinburgh, UK
11 Oct 18UndergroundNewcastle, UK
12 Oct 18YesManchester, UK
13 Oct 18Sound BasementLiverpool, UK
14 Oct 18Tom Thumb TheatreMargate, UK
15 Oct 18The Hope Brighton, UK
16 Oct 18HY BrasilBristol, UK