Gavin Chappell-Bates

Live Act Singer/Songwriter Indiepop Britpop Rock Alternative Rock
Gavin Chappell-Bates - Singer/Songwriter Indiepop Britpop Rock Alternative Rock Live Act in Cambridge

Gavin Chappell-Bates Short Info

Gavin Chappell-Bates is a singer, guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and live looper from Cambridgeshire, England performing ‘effervescent emotive yin / yang indie-pop-rock’.

Having lived with, and overcome, depression, anxiety and self-harm, Gavin writes music which is insightful, thoughtful, heartfelt and uplifting. Music kept Gavin alive through dark times and he wants to share this positivity, and raise awareness about mental health in the process, with the world. He sings songs about rock ‘n’ roll, growing up, politics, suicide, love, hope and determination.

After playing in various bands, Gavin released his first solo EP – ‘Black Holes’ – in February 2015. His debut album, featuring the singles ‘Black Holes’, ‘95’, ‘We Are The Ones’, ‘Refugee’ and ‘Church of Rock ‘N’ Roll’, was released by R*E*P*E*A*T Records in April 2016. The album was recorded by James Coppolaro at Mix 66 and friends, family and fans voted for their favourite songs to appear on it. Recorded with a full band (including strings and a choir), tracks on the album shift from acoustic folk to blistering pop-punk to 90s Britpop to anthemic indie-rock to epic balladry.

Gavin’s musical journey began with a junior school project on ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and a lifelong love affair with The Beatles and rock ‘n’ roll. Inspired by two friends, one who could play like Hendrix at the age of 8 or 9 and the other who was already writing McCartney-esque-songs, Gavin picked up a guitar and, after a few early lessons with Ezio’s Booga, began teaching himself to play.

Rock ‘n’ roll soon progressed into rock music and an adoration for Aerosmith, especially the guitar playing of Joe Perry. But it was the first time that Gavin played a 7” of ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’ by Manic Street Preachers that his musical path was forged. Leant the record by his sister having seen this unique and mesmerising band performing on TV the night before, Gavin knew that, as he listened to the song, this would be his favourite band for the rest of his life. After this Gavin began to write songs and learned how to sing. He has been constantly improving and evolving ever since.

Gavin’s music has featured on Tom Robinson’s show on BBC 6 Music and Janice Long’s show on BBC Radio 2, and he regularly appears on BBC Introducing, as well as other local and national stations. He has been nominated for the second year running as Best Male Solo Artist in the 2016 NMG Awards and has a growing fan base in France where fans run dedicated social media sites.

Gavin set off on his first ever tour in September 2014 and has gigged relentlessly since. His shows vary for every performance from live looping to playing with a band to stripped down performances with an acoustic guitar, harmonica and stomp box. He has performed at The Rescue Rooms (Nottingham), Hoxton Bar and Sebright Arms (London), The Hunter Club (Bury St. Edmunds), Norwich Arts Centre and The Portland Arms (Cambridge), as well as Homegrown Music Festival, Strawberry Fair and The Willow Festival.

"Unapologetic and uplifting pop-rock… these honest and accessible tracks are going to put a smile on your face…We foresee Gavin snagging some more promising support slots and making medium-scale festival appearances next year. If he’s not, we’ll eat our hats."
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Gavin Chappell-Bates is a singer, guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and live looper from Cambridgeshire, England performing ‘effervescent emotive yin / yang indie-pop-rock’.

Having lived with, and overcome, depression, anxiety and self-harm, Gavin writes music which is insightful, thoughtful, heartfelt and uplifting. Music kept Gavin alive through dark times and he wants to share this positivity, and raise awareness about mental health in the process, with the world. He sings songs about rock ‘n’ roll, growing up, politics, suicide, love, hope and determination.

After playing in various bands, Gavin released his first solo EP ...

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Past Gigs Gavin Chappell-Bates

  • 08 | 2016 Wigan Wigan Live Festival
  • 08 | 2016 Hitchin Coopers Arms
  • 07 | 2016 Bury St. Edmunds Homegrown Music Festival
  • 07 | 2016 St. Ives St. Ives Carnival and Music Festival 2016
  • 06 | 2016 Cambridge Relevant Records
  • 05 | 2016 London Sebight Arms
  • 04 | 2016 Coventry The Golden Cross
  • 04 | 2016 Cambridge The Portland Arms
  • 04 | 2016 Stevenage Red Lion
  • 04 | 2016 Leicester Brewdog
  • 04 | 2016 Doncaster Vintage Rockbar
  • 04 | 2016 Birmigham The Roadhouse
  • 04 | 2016 Leeds Verve
  • 04 | 2016 Nuneaton The Crew
  • 03 | 2016 Ware The Punch House
  • 03 | 2016 Watford The Horns
  • 03 | 2016 Bristol Mr Wolf's
  • 03 | 2016 Bristol The 7 Stars
  • 03 | 2016 Keynsham The Crown
  • 03 | 2016 Bishop's Stortford The Half Moon
  • 03 | 2016 Hitchin Club 85

Discography Gavin Chappell-Bates

  • 2016 Church Of Rock 'N' Roll Single | R*E*P*E*A*T Records
  • 2016 We Are The Ones Album | R*E*P*E*A*T Records
  • 2015 We Are The Ones EP | R*E*P*E*A*T Records
  • 2015 95 Single | R*E*P*E*A*T Records
  • 2015 Black Holes EP | R*E*P*E*A*T Records

Media

  • Video Gavin Chappell-Bates - Refu...
  • Video Gavin Chappell-Bates - 95 (...
  • Video Gavin Chappell-Bates - We A...
  • Video Gavin Chappell-Bates - Chur...
  • Video Gavin Chappell-Bates - Writ...
  • Video Gavin Chappell-Bates - Foll...
  • Video Gavin Chappell-Bates - Blac...
  • Sound Follow The Light
  • Sound We Are The Ones
  • Sound 95

Origin

  • Cambridge GB

Members

  • Gavin Chappell-Bates Singer / songwriter / guitarist / live looper