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Karima Francis + Annabel Allum

  • Robert Bolt Theatre Waterside Arts 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, Trafford (map)

A co-headline show with Karima Francis and Annabel Allum plus support by Lacuna J.

Please note this gig is a standing event in the Robert Bolt Theatre.


Loaded with pulsating hooks and enigmatic tenacious vocals, Annabel Allum oozes charisma and showcases an adept ability to marry folk-style storytelling with snarling fuzzy indie. The Guildford-based singer-songwriter has been backed across tastemaker platforms as one of the most vitally sarcastic voices in the indie scene, with praise coming from key press voices in FADER, DIY and The Line of Best Fit as well as on the airwaves. ‘Beat the Birds’, taken from 2018’s ‘Sorry I’m Not Perceptible’ EP, found its place on the Radio 1 BBC Introducing Playlist and she earned herself a spot on the lineup of BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend in Swansea. Huw Stephens is a vocal supporter of Annabel’s music and premiered her latest single ‘Fear Naught’ ahead of her Maida Vale live session.

Annabel has performed a number of prestigious slots in the last twelve months, most notably supporting the iconic Beth Ditto across her UK/EU tour at the back end of 2017, as well as sharing the stage with Nadine Shah, Blaenavon and more.


Karima has toured the UK and Europe extensively with her captivating performances – She has graced the major stages supporting such artists as Paul Simon/ The Stereophonics / Jack Savoretti / Patti Smith and Amy Winehouse  

Having begun playing drums at 13, Karima Francis self-taught guitar and songwriting at the age of 18. Not long after, her legendary debut The Author was released on independent record label Kitchenware Records, produced by the gifted Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Paulo Nutini). She was named as a number one act to watch by The Guardian. The Author effortlessly found common ground with Francis’s audiences. It’s a song-driven album, entwined with melodic textures and innovative musical progressions. This emotionally rich album was met with critical acclaim for both her vocals and songwriting. Francis’s performance on BBC’s iconic music show ‘Later with Jools Holland’ was the icing on the cake for the Author’s success. 


Just like her name, Lacuna J's music is alluring and evocative. Her voice is raw and real, trilling up and down breathtaking runs that cut through the slinky bass lines and ethereal synths of her debut single, "No Bruises No Scars". Growing up in Manchester, she related more to the stubborn daisies growing through the cracks in the pavement than to English roses. So now she writes misfit love songs and confessional odes about sexuality and bleeding emotions in a unique combination of indie lyrics and electronic beats.

Tickets £10 / £13 on the door

19:45 Doors

20:00 Lacuna J

20:30 Annabel Allum

21:30 Karima Francis

23:00 Curfew

Earlier Event: July 25
First Time
Later Event: July 25