ZAND is one of the most exciting, formidable and hotly-tipped stars in alternative pop. They exploded onto the scene with their own self-coined genre/boundary bending “ugly pop” sound in 2018 and have demonstrated their prowess as a triple threat; singer, songwriter and producer.
Their debut Ugly Pop EP has racked up over 1 million streams on Spotify and has led to features in DIY, Attitude, Music Week, Alt Press and Vogue. In 2023, ZAND was a Kerrang! cover star and, following an extensive round of festival appearances, including SlamDunk and the upcoming Reading & Leeds Festivals, they will embark on their first US tour.
Announcing the gig at The Leadmill, founder of the Peace & Justice Project, Jeremy Corbyn said:
“We are delighted to announce ZAND as the headline act of our biggest Music For The Many show yet. Exciting new artists like ZAND are just part of the reason the government must do more to protect venues like The Leadmill. Without them, wonderful talents like ZAND will not be able to develop their craft and build up support to advance their careers.
This campaign has gone from strength to strength since its launch, bringing together communities who are passionate about music and the arts to defend these vital spaces - and will continue to do so until the long-term, sustainable futures of grassroots music venues are secured.”
Specifically on the future of The Leadmill, Jeremy Corbyn said:
“The Leadmill is an absolutely iconic music venue with a phenomenal heritage in British music. The jobs of the dedicated staff team are threatened by the new landlords and there are real concerns on their ability to maintain the venue in the safe, inclusive manner that all community spaces need to be run.
We stand with the workers and community in defence of this absolutely vital piece of music history.”