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Music, Thu 7 May 2020, £6

Bodys presents: Nel Unlit + Hailey Beavis

Bodys presents: Nel Unlit + Hailey Beavis


Chantry Bridge,
Off Calder Vale Road,

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Bodys presents: Nel Unlit + Hailey Beavis

8.30pm Hailey Beavis
Norfolk-born Hailey Beavis is a songwriter and visual artist based in Edinburgh.
A tradition of folk and storytelling is evident in Beavis’s stand-out lyrics, which are full of narrative, imagery and description. Over the years of live performances, experimenting and collaborating with other musicians, Beavis’s songs have evolved into something that is indubitably pop in spirit. Though guitar is still her foundation, her live shows are punctuated with talking toys, glockenspiels and layers of looped harmonies. She is always looking to marry many layers of influence. She explains, “I love a sassy hook, I love that I can write about something so heavy and then add a synth part that sounds like cartoon aliens landing on earth”. Her debut EP ‘Whatever You Feel I Do Too’ was released mid-Jan 2020 on OK Pal Records, a label which Beavis formed in cahoots with her best friend, Faith Eliott, in 2018.
An accomplished visual artist as well as musician, it’s safe to say Hailey Beavis is a polymath. Her signature is on everything she puts her hand to. From hand drawn CD sleeves and zines to vivid murals and huge textile collages that she often hangs behind her at gigs.

9.15pm Nel Unlit
Nel Unlit are a group of songwriters, storytellers and musicians who have their roots all over the North East of England and Northern Ireland. Their new album, rock-opera “Wake for the Dreaming”, based on the graphic novel, Worlds’ End from Neil Gaiman’s epic “Sandman” series, came out Feb 2020.
Despite the idea for the project brewing for 7 years, the band officially formed in 2016, from past and present members of Sullivan and Gold, Dilettante, Dressed Like Wolves, Pellethead, General Sherman and Hold Music and began releasing music through DIY label Spooker Rekkids, based in the attic of musical institution Westgarth Social Club.
Singles “Fireflies” and “Apple” earned the band radio play on BBC Radio 6, track of the week on BBC Tees and comparisons to Nick Drake, Richard Dawson, Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver.
This multi-instrumental nine piece have developed an immersive live show, complete with violin, cello, saxophone, clarinet, accordion, samplers and two drummers and have played extensively throughout the UK including festivals, Hardwick Live, Tipping Point, Twisterella and Stockton Calling.
“Fireflies – single of the month – A six minute opus. Draws you completely and utterly into it’s world. ” The Crack
“A beautiful, ambitious and eventful piece of music. Nel Unlit invite the listener to join them on their upcoming exploration of music and story” – With Guitars
“Delightfully off-kilter, tremendously mesmerising, a track you want to play again and again” NARC

About Bodys
Bodys is a gig promoter in Wakefield, hosting frequent shows. Follow us on social media @bodyswakefield to see what other shows we are hosting. Our gigs are intentionally set at times that allow you to be in bed early if you fancy, and we always announce set times well in advance.

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 7 May 2020 20:00
Doors 8pm
First band 8:30pm
Second band 9:15pm


£6 (plus booking fee)



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Map reference: SE 338201  Lat: 53.67668 Long: -1.48953

By Road:
Follow Doncaster Road (A638) out of Wakefield City centre.
Chantry Chapel is located on a medieval bridge running adjacent to Doncaster Road.
(Medieval Bridge is closed to traffic)

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Wakefield Kirkgate Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Wakefield Bus Station