The Independent Music Cup + Rough Trade + War Child presents...


Saturday, 13th July 2019

Rough Trade East

Doors 7:00pm
On-stage 7:30pm
Tickets available

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On Saturday 13th July, YOWL, Squid, and a TBA Special Guest will perform live in store at Rough Trade East for a special one-off ticketed show with all ticket profits going directly to War Child UK.


6.30pm | DOORS OPEN + DJ

7.30pm | WICKETKEEPER (live on-stage)

8.15pm | YOWL (live on-stage)

9.00pm | SQUID (live on-stage)





War Child UK strives for a world where children’s lives are no longer torn apart by war. They aim to protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in conflict.

This special in-store has been created in partnership with The Independent Music Cup, a yearly mixed gender football tournament established by Ninja Tune which brings together 32 teams from the music community to raise money for a good cause.


War Child UK are the chosen charity for this year’s annual Independent Music Cup, which Rough Trade take part in, held on Saturday 27th July at Powerleague Battersea. Now in its fifth year, the tournament aims to raise money for War Child’s new initiative War Child FC - an ambitious project which combines the power of football with psychosocial support to help equip children and young people with skills needed to rebuild their lives following conflict.



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"They take a steady motorik rhythm and step on the gas"

- The Guardian

"They’ve got the whole urgent, propulsive post-punk thing nailed"


"Mad, eclectic, stupidly exciting new noise"


Formed in Brighton, Squid is the brainchild of Ollie Judge (Drums & Lead Vocals), Louis Borlase (Guitars & Vocals), Arthur Leadbetter (Keyboards), Laurie Nankivell (Bass & Brass) and Anton Pearson (Guitars & Vocals).

The hotly tipped post-punk, disco-funk phenomenon Squid recently released their incandescent new single called Houseplants which saw them team up with producer Dan Carey and emerge with a powerful, intensely angular track. Houseplants recalls the finest corners of late 70s post-punk alongside a propulsive motorik drive and glimmers of early noughties disco with the end result being an effortlessly exciting ride.

Houseplants which has had great support from BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music as well as being featured in The Guardian, The Quietus, NME, So Young and The Line Of Best Fit and many more publications.

Squid recently performed at SXSW and received rave reviews for their performances from The Times, Paste Magazine, DIY and Steve Lamacq who introduced them for their 6 Music showcase at the festival.

Previous singles The Dial and Terrestrial Changeover Blues (2007 - 2012) were both released in 2018 and proved to be pivotal for the band in setting up 2019 as their breakthrough year.

Squid are fast becoming known for their incendiary live shows; they play with an energy and conviction that is positively transcendent in its chaos and fever. Having performed their first festival shows and sold out headline shows to rapturous audiences, Squid are set to make 2019 their own with a summer full of festival appearances and their first shows outside Europe.



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Based in South-East London, YOWL consists of Gabriel Byrde (vocals), Ivor Manley (guitar), Mike Wride (guitar), Jake Manley (bass) and Tom Flynn (drums). From beginnings scheming in community centres and practice rooms in London and Cardiff, the group put forward their manifesto on the 2016 debut EP ‘Before the Sleep Sets in’, which demonstrated a concise ability to channel their frustrations with the lot they’re being dealt as young people living in the city into a churning marriage of sleazy indie and post-punk.

The EP garnered praise from DIY, NME and a horde of indie music blogs. The 2017 double A side comprising the tracks ‘My Headache Likes to Speak’ and ‘Darkroom’ entrenched their reputation as a band able to cast a menacing shadow on record and on stage, filling spaces with sonic and physical unpredictability while channeling feelings of anxious unrest into a perfect storm of tension and release. YOWL release a new EP this autumn.


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“Glorious in its unfettered, rule-breaking thrash… Relentlessly upbeat and endearingly catchy, it's the sound of a band throwing down some music and making it stick.”


Instrument-swapping Margate/London three-piece Wicketkeeper released their new single ‘Feeling’ in July 2019. It’s the latest single from the sessions recorded with Lindsay Corstorphine (Sauna Youth, Primitive Parts) last year at the Gun Factory in Homerton.

The new single is an upbeat racket comprised of propulsive drums punctuating bass and jagged guitars all recorded live with minimal overdubs to capture the band’s energy. It’s also the first tune from the band to feature a fourth instrument, namely the Arturia MiniBrute, an analog synthesizer and textural treat thrown into the mix by Corstophine. The song takes an acerbic lyrical journey through a childhood hypnagogic hallucination which occurred on the evening of July 4th 1990.
‘Feeling’ is the follow up to previous single ‘Night Night (whatever)’ which Clash described as “A thrill… Glorious in its unfettered, rule-breaking thrash… Relentlessly upbeat and endearingly catchy”, and ‘OK’ which Dots and Dashes described as “a bounding and ebullient, but remarkably controlled ball of fuzzy brilliance”.

Having previously featured on a split 12” w/ Car Seat Headrest (Luau Records, UK), along with the 'Wicketkeeper EP' Cassette (Reefers Records, US), this is the latest single from their recent, more assured recording sessions.

Wicketkeeper have also previously played shows with Spielbergs and Japanese Breakfast, more recently supporting Cleveland punk rock quartet Cloud Nothings at Moth Club on July 9th.

Wicketkeeper are: Alex Morley (Bass, Drums, Guitar) Ryan Oxley (Bass, Guitar), Simon Morley (Vocals, Drums, Guitar)


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War Child UK

War Child is striving for a world where children’s lives are no longer torn apart by war. We protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in conflict. We aim to reach children as early as possible when conflict breaks out and stay to support them through their recovery - helping to keep them safe, give them an education, and equip them with skills for the future. We understand children’s needs, respect their rights, and put them at the centre of the solution - from supporting Syrian children to access education, to reintegrating child soldiers in the Central African Republic and promoting justice for young people in detention in Afghanistan. Together with our partners we work in 15 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and Latin America.

We also work with children and young people to change systems and practices that affect them – campaigning on the root causes of conflict and demanding that children are at the centre of humanitarian response.

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The Independent Music Cup

The Independent Music Cup is a yearly mixed gender five-a-side football tournament that launched in 2015, and since then has raised over £15,000 for selected charities including; Syria Relief, Crisis, Medecins Sans Frontieres, and The Young Urban Arts Foundation. The Independent Music Cup is open to the public, with drinks, DJs providing tunes for the day (previous guests include Moxie, Shy One and Mafalda) and greek food provided by Yiro. In previous years, Resident Advisor have also hosted an after party at The Lion & Lamb - including guests like Monki, Juan Atkins, Object Blue, and many more.

The Independent Music, now in its fifth year, aims to connect the chosen charity to the music companies involved and the wider world as a result. Ninja Tune and the influential music community will come together again in 2019. This year the tournament will be held at a Battersea Powerleague a new football ground with cutting edge equipment. We’ll be partnering up with Boiler Room to host the after party for the tournament in South London.

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