Bad Cardigan is a two-piece indie/acoustic act from East Lancashire, formed in September 2011, comprising Jack Anwyl and Tom Randall (both 21). The band’s influences are many and diverse…. The Arctic Monkeys, City & Colour, John Frusciante, The Kinks, The Doors, Bon Iver, Alex Turner…..
Since forming, Bad Cardigan has played over 120 gigs in a host of venues: unplugged in village pubs, small acoustic festivals, as well as main stage in larger venues. In June 2012 they supported The Levellers at their album launch party at The Garage, Islington, and in November were asked to open for them at The Manchester Academy, and the Liverpool O2 Academy, whilst they were on the Northern leg of their 2012 tour. They have supported The Levellers on a number of occasions since then.
In October 2015 they were invited to support New Model Army on 4 dates of their UK tour and in November 2015 Bad Cardigan were asked to accompaany The Levellers on a 6 gig tour in Holland and Germany.
In June 2012, Bad Cardigan’s EP “Nursery Rhymes” was reviewed very favorably, by the online magazine Musical Mathematics.
In 2014, they released the second EP "The Mess Express".
In March 2013, a further, very positive review was written in TellinTunes, link here (p26): http://issuu.com/tellintunes/docs/issue8
And by Dave Beech online at: http://davidbeech.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/64-top-5-unsigned-190313.html
In January and November 2012 they performed live sets on BBC Introducing in Lancashire, and have had air play since then. Tracks from the BBC live recording can be found here, as well as some of their studio tracks:
In August 2013, Bad Cardigan played two slots at Beautiful Days Festival.
A live and unedited Vimeo recording can be found here: http://vimeo.com/33656385
A video, shot by a friend, here: http://vimeo.com/37857004
Contact: Johnny Anwyl (Manager)