28th January – Lock Tavern, Camden
4th March – Phoenix Bar – High Wycombe
8th March – Amersham Arms – London
30th March – Stoke Newington School – London
15th April – The White Lion – Redhill, London
21st April – New Cross Inn, London
28th May – Frogfest – High Wycombe
3rd June – Strawberry Fair – Festival
9th June – The Islington – London
24th June – Betsey Trotwood – London
25th June – Glastonbury Festival
27th June – London Fields Brewery – London
8th July – Mayor’s Ball – Norwich
15th July – Spice Of Life – London
22nd July – Belle Vue – High Wycombe
27th July – Cubitt Sessions, Kings Cross – London
28th July – The Owl Sanctuary – Norwich
4th August – Big Gig Festival – Halesworth
21st August – The Finsbury – London
14th Sept – Chiltern Taps – High Wycombe
15th Sept – New Cross Inn – London
16th Sept – Paper Dress Vintage – London
23rd September – Mr Wolf’s – Bristol
6th October -RoundHouse – London
11th October – The Monarch – London
14th October – The Spice Of Life – London
27th Oct – The Pickle Factory – Cambridge Heath
4th Nov – The Finsbury – London7th Dec – Roundhouse – London
14th Feb ’18 – Birthdays – London
31st March’ 18 – Belle Vue – High Wycombe
London’s Most Electrifying Groove Rock Duo
The Purple Lights fuse authentic roots reggae beats into psychedelic gritty grooves, combining a powerful message, delivered in a bright package.
Rob and Akeba form the Purple Lights, a duo with a difference. Rob Fincham a Suffolk boy, grew up on a diet of Johnny Cash, AC/DC & Black Sabbath, before starting his musical career as a singer songwriter on the local gig circuit, along with fellow school attendee Ed Sheeran.
Akeba Fridye, an East end Londoner is of different stock. Immersed in reggae music from an early age, he also takes influence from the streets of Hackney, witnessing the rise of grime music and taking inspiration from the DIY ethic.
Having met while studying at university, their juxtaposition of complimentary but unlikely blends gives the Purple Lights a truly unique sound. Incorporating pedals, loops, synths, voice effects and above all their talent, charisma and energy that has given them a strong reputation among London’s music scene.
In 2016 the Purple Lights self released their first EP ‘Sow the Seeds’ to glowing press reviews. Playing notable gigs as Camden’s Lock Tavern, Passing Clouds, New Cross Inn. With summer spent at festivals including Secret Garden Party, Glass Butter Beach and being invited by Keith Allen to open up his stage at Latitude.
At the end of 2017, The Purple Lights self released their second EP ‘Not Alone’, harking on themes of gun violence, alienation and the merit of hard work.
“A track that really sets the scene of the song and really makes you connect with the song.”
– Review of Not Alone via Music Of The Future Blog Read More
“The Purple Lights have come up with a totally original mixture of rock attitude and heavy reggae grooves, organic and totally authentic”
– Track of the Week via God Is In The TV Zine Read More
“The duo were headlining a showcase of artists in residence at the iconic venue in Camden..”
– Live Review via Music Journalist Chris Patmore Read More
“The Purple Lights… give a unique musical experience filled with good vibes, great riffs and messages of love and peace.”
– Gig Review via Public Pressure Read More
“A hint of reggae grooves lend a more laid-back vibe to this alt rock duo’s offerings..”
– Exclusive Premier of ‘Not Alone’ via GigSlutz. Read More
Scratch Night at London Roundhouse feat. headliners The Purple Lights.
– Live review via Live4Ever. Read More
“Purple Lights are no strangers to the live circuit, regularly packing out venues and festivals all around the UK with their blend of pop, acid rock and reggae beats.”
– Premier of Try So Hard with 1883 Magazine. Read More
“The Purple Lights have a strange effect on people.
They can turn an atmosphere of studied cool into glorious, glorious carnage.”
– Live Review, God is in the TV Zine, Read More
“In this year of terrorism, Brexit and Donald Trump, the Purple Lights message and music seems truly vital.”
– Review of Warning in Public Pressure, Read More
“It’s a big, impressive noise they make, and all the more impressive that it’s made by only two of them.”
– Review by Subba Cultcha, Read More
“There’s definitely a fun vibe when you play.”
– Interview with Fashion Music Style. Read More
“Keep spreading that goodness for anyone to enjoy”
– Interview with Vents Magazine. Read More
Latitude Festival Diary
– Review in partnership with Glasswerk. Read More
“With pleasing ambient backbeats interspersed with some splendid Psy Rock amongst much else, this was a fascinating trip, and for a two piece..”
– Live Review at Bearded Theory Festival with Festivals For All. Read More
When you are at a gig, what are five things you cannot forget?
Rob: GUITAR! Charisma! Love! Akeba! Oh and Trousers!
Akeba: Love, Positivity, Humbleness, Thankfulness, Peaceful mind.
– Interview with Music of the Future. Read More