2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

The Crookes


The Crookes are at the forefront of the latest wave of music to surface in the UK. They are four English Literature graduates whose music is bound with storytelling and tinged with nostalgia. Described by NYLON magazine as the 'potential leaders of England's smart, taut NEW POP movement' they personify English charm and eloquent, intelligent songwriting.

Following the success of their debut album Chasing After Ghosts (2011) the band have built up a strong Cult following known as the “Bright Young Things” which further consolidates the strong aesthetic of the band. The band were chosen by Burberry to perform for their Burberry Acoustic range, as well as The Art of the Trench range. They were also taken out to Tokyo to represent the brand for Vogue's Fashion Night Out.

Following a slight line-up change in 2011 the band have now consolidated their more mature sound resulting in the release of their critically acclaimed second LP "HOLD FAST" in 2012.
"HOLD FAST" was released in the US and Canada in 2013. A well received short visit to New York to play at The Bowery and Union Hall as well as a flurry of press and session appearances followed.

The Crookes have already garnered heaps of praise amongst the media and industry. They have been tipped by Steve Lamacq as one of the 3 best guitar bands in the UK right now poised to re-invigorate guitar pop as a tour de force in UK music.
They have performed multiple live sessions on Radio's 1,2,4,5 and 6 in the UK as well as being play listed on stations throughout Europe, Asia and South America and being chosen by MTV Canada to represent emerging music from the UK.

They are kings of romance (an important part of the New Pop brewing around the UK)... There is something almost subversive about their odd mix of influences (The Smiths/’60s girl groups/’50s rock and roll)... It’s the romance of the Seine, of walking in the Peaks; or lying on your back reading and daydreaming."

Steve Lamacq

"Every now and then, a gaggle of British lads with sharp clothes and cool haircuts lands in the States and reminds us how smart, sprightly rock ‘n’ roll ought to be done.
From the Beatles to the Smiths to the Arctic Monkeys, such invasions have generally left us better off, and next in line to steal jobs from hard-working American musicians are four aptly named descendents of all three: the Crookes"

"...a band this good are unlikely to remain obscure"


"Lovingly, lavishly layered...the four piece take a big step forward. Not a second of these 33 watertight minutes are wasted."

Hold Fast album review
Q Magazine

"The simple, nearly silent moment was awe-inspiring and a welcome break from the nonstop noise of most shows. "
SXSW review, Impact News-Austin.

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