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Fortuna POP! Twenty Years Of Trouble

After twenty years, indie label Fortuna POP! are saying goodbye. Here’s founder Sean on what they’ve got planned…

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We’re sad to say that our label Fortuna POP! called it a day in 2016 after 20 years; thank God then we’ve decided to throw one last party to celebrate! Many of the bands who recorded for the label will be appearing at this five-day festival across various venues in London, including Withered Hand, The Butterflies of Love, Sodastream, Darren Hayman, Comet Gain, The Proper Ornaments, Martha and Joanna Gruesome. It’s sure to be an emotional goodbye, and one hell of a party. 

Here is what you need to know.

Remind me again, who are Fortuna POP! ?

Fortuna POP! has become something of an indie institution since we started in 1996. The label attracted an international roster of indie pop talent including Comet Gain, The Aislers Set, The Ladybug Transistor and The Lucksmiths, while Peel favourites such as Bearsuit, The Loves and Milky Wimpshake flocked to the label, but it was the signing of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart in 2008 that took the label to the next level. Since then we’ve released records by Anglo-Australian indie poppers Allo Darlin’ and ex-Hefner main man Darren Hayman as well as by serious contenders like Crystal Stilts, Herman Dune, The Pipettes and Withered Hand, while nurturing a new generation of bands such as Joanna Gruesome and Martha, keeping the label vital and relevant. 

Where’s it happening?

In some of London’s finest venues: beautiful Bush Hall and lovely Islington Assembly Hall; what promises to be a messy-but-fun indie all dayer at Tufnell Park Dome, and the big finale at the Scala. There are also shows at the smaller MOTH Club and The Lexington venues, but they’re for the hardcore season ticket holders only.

What shouldn’t I miss?

It’s all good but the Friday night show at Islington Assembly Hall with joint-headliners The Butterflies Of Love and Sodastream promises to be very special indeed. The Butterflies Of Love have reformed after nearly a decade especially to say goodbye to their old label and Sodastream have just got back together again after nearly as long. It’s no exaggeration to say you’re unlikely to see either band anytime again soon.

I want in! Twenty Years Of Trouble sounds like quite a celebration and I want a ticket.

You’re in luck! Tickets available at www.ticketweb.co.uk/fortunapop

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