Mark Beaumont Presents



The Monarch, London, GB

Entry Requirements: 18+

An evening of new music curated by NME & Guardian journo Mark Beaumont.

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'Change The World' is her new spikiest confection to date, with hints of electro and industrial, but it doesn’t forget to pack a punchy chorus, with a guitar line that recalls Altered Images and an infectious insistence" Paul Lester - THE GUARDIAN

'Lara Smiles shows massive promise' - Q RADIO

‘Pretty spot on if you ask me’ – BBC INTRODUCING

'Before Martin Hannett gets ambushed by Phil Spector...perfectly formed and infectious' AMAZING RADIO

Fusing an avant-garde mix of indie and electro, Lara’s music is guitar-driven, synth-inspired and brimming with colourful layers of alt-pop. Influenced by many genres of music, Lara started out writing punk and soul tunes on her guitar – but all-night raves in her teens led to a love of dance music and experimenting with samples. In recent years, having caught the eye of BBC and international DJs, Lara’s music has so far received extensive airplay on radio stations in the UK and across the world. She’s performed at some of Europe and America’s largest live venues and music festivals - and with three Glastonbury performances already under her belt, she’s getting excited to play Glasto 2016. Lara can reveal that she’s currently working with Tom Findlay of Groove Armada – it's a dark techno track that she wrote in her tour bus bunk - they loved the tune and a collaboration was born. Her recent single, CHANGE THE WORLD, was released 20th February 2016. The lyrics are based on a simple message - if we want the world to change, we need to start with ourselves. CHANGE THE WORLD is co-produced by Lara and legendary producer Youth (Primal Scream, The Verve, The Orb). Soon to release her debut album later in 2016, she is also busy booking dates for her UK tour and the forthcoming festival circuit.

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