Booking Agency

The Manilla Agency


Manilla Public Relations Ltd has almost 20 years experience in booking, arranging, promoting and staging our own showcase events from In The City gigs, music awards and a memorable Save 6 Music gig.


The Manilla Agency roster has some of the UK's best live acts. If you are interested in booking these acts please email






Afnan Prince is a gifted singer/songwriter to emerge from the North East of England. A live show specialist, It's fair to say he is a dynamic and distinctive singer and a credible songwriter whose music is ready to make it's mark.


Previous releases have received airplay on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2 & BBC Introducing.


He was nominated for the songwriter award at the UBEAT awards, 'She'-Songwriting Competition UK) and was crowned winner of 'Best new artist of the year 2015' by Darkus Magazine.


Afnan Prince's song “She” was used on the ITV show 'Diamond Geezers and Gold dealers.




No posturing or pretence, just a line up of honest artists joining forces and singing their lives. Gavin Alexander, Teresa Gallagher and Simon Foster - three very different voices beautifully melded together with guitar & cajon, often joined by Martin Elliott on bass & Perry White on piano.

The result is a barn full of pure, harmony laden, acoustic songs that climb up and out of the roof with a deserved & growing reputation for beautiful songwriting and stunning harmony.

Arcelia has recently supported Scott Matthews, Oysterband, Jon Gomm, Mawkin, Maddie Prior and regularly supports Chris Difford ( Squeeze) on his solo tours.


“Wonderfully warm harmonies”.... MOJO Magazine


“…the vocals across the tracks stand out as something special…the blend of harmonies lift the songs to another level… acoustic mood music of the highest order…" ........... Folk & Roots


“A perfect example of the less is more mantra in operation. Think Paul Simon, James Taylor and you're in the same ballpark." Fatea


“Beautiful songwriting, gentle acoustics - and HEART" WOW Magazine





‘Heartbreak Major’ is the first release from London ‘pop ‘n’ rollers’ Careless Sons on Cambridge-based R*E*P*E*A*T Records, out on 12-inch vinyl and download this summer.


Heartbreak Major’ showcases the sound of an exciting young band beginning to stretch its legs, with a style akin to your favourite pair of jeans; distressed, full of holes and enviably sexy.


‘Rocking stardom roads ahead for this extremely gifted band’ – Forkster

‘Emotive and hook laden’ - Back Seat Mafia





Sound of the Summer is the brand new single from Jamie Porter. A soundtrack taken straight out of a Florida Turnpike trip to Daytona Beach.


Following on from his early 2016 release Can’t Stop Loving You which made the main playlist on Nevis Radio and also received plays on K107 FM, Radio Tircoed, Get Ready to Rock, Starship Overflow, Colne Radio, Radio Woking, Sunday Alternative, Bishop FM, Sound Machine Radio, Irvine Beat, Wolfman Radio, BC FM, Riviera FM, Vixen 101, Dapper FM, Twisted Mixtape show, Canalside, Radio Alternative, Dunoon Rock Show, Tameside Radio and many more.


“…reminded of Tom Petty, before it moved more towards being a potentially anthemic number”

Rock Generation


“…superb heartfelt passion and sensational overall musicianship class” Forkster




Lover are a six piece London based pop/rock band. The bands new single We Are Stars is out now.


2016 is the year Lover decide whether you’re allowed to be a part of their world or not. With a morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs - are you ready to explore life no one thought could exist outside literature? Where dissatisfaction is bohemian and vaguely Marxist in origin, Lover are here to show you the beauty in the darkness.


A cross between the song you can’t get out of your head, and something you’ve never heard before but are desperate to hear again, Lover will stimulate your aural senses with music from the depths of dark and twisted cognition. You’ll find everything was grey before discovering this band, now grey is blue and lines are blurred - yet you’ll witness more of the world than you ever deemed possible. You’ve been offered a window into the unknown, are you ready to jump?





Matinée deal in slices of delicious hypercolour indie dance pop.


A busy 12 months for the photogenic Italian indie foursome has seen them work with acclaimed Glasgow producer Miaoux Miaoux (Julian Corrie) on their late 2015 single. The track was named Track of the Day on Gig Slutz and the bands previous video was also selected for UK wide video promotion via the in store video Jukebox’s at Topman and Timberland retail stores.


A clutch of radio support has been secured over 2015 as well as numerous festival places including Spilla. High profile supporters included the old XFM (played single on Danielle Perry’s show, XFM Scotland) The band also featured in Loaded Magazine and the band were added to the Rockaway Beach line up as well as being invited to support Belle & Sebastian in Italy. The new single is already confirmed for Radio X play.





Secret Tattoo is the brand new single from Ooberfuse. A songwriting duo composed of Hal St John and Cherrie Anderson based in Woolwich, London.


They are unafraid to deep-sea dive into the deepest oceans of human emotions to colour-up drab contemporary life. Their songs are audio footprints left behind by people impelled towards invisible things. On what sets Ooberfuse apart from their peers, an influential UK music critic says: “Ethereal electronic pop with the complex beauty that Ooberfuse has will endure.” Well-crafted songs delivered through powerful, emotional and heartfelt vocals combined with east-meets-west electronic music are Ooberfuse’s trademarks.


“Cherrie Anderson’s vocal…reaches out of the headphones from bar one and shakes hands with your ears. It’s just gorgeous... Classy, well-made pop music.” : Tom Robinson, BBC Introducing


-“Odd, and disquieting stuff from the British electronica duo…eight parts chilly winter's night, to two parts theme from the X-files.” : Guardian Music





Myriads is the new album from OFFICER aka Dc Logan.


An album described as “harrowing and emotionally imposing” by Ringmaster, with Whisperin & Hollerin saying the album has “tangible, emotional depth” . Louder than War describe the Laughing Rafters single as “velvet textures and tones of DC’s voice to the accompanying musical awe”.

OFFICER aka Dc Logan doesn’t really blow his trumpet enough. Born in Glasgow, bred in Coleraine in Northern Ireland, it’s kind of hard to guess what his cards are. And as it turns out he’s been keeping a staggering little hand close to his chest… something of a little urban legend you might say and here’s the story.


The making of the album took OFFICER beyond his previous live acoustic guise to where he’d always wanted to be sound-wise and he is currently piecing together his band from the musicians who helped him record MYRIADS. His plans are for a full band tour in the autumn, up until when he’ll be packing out smaller venues with what have been described as ‘acoustic performances that induce total stillness in the most calamitous venues’ – DOA Promotions.




Hailing from England’s North West, Richie Syrett is a Singer/Songwriter with his own distinctive and thoughtful blend of melodic Americana flecked Folk/Rock.


His style makes a grateful bow to a wide number of influences on both sides of the Atlantic so perhaps 'Anglicana' is a more fitting way to describe his sound. Silhouettes and Outlines is released via Too Die For Records.


Through biding his time, treading the boards and playing more than his fair share of dance halls and dive bars, the grace and good will of word of mouth has seen his music develop an ever growing and impressive fan base with previous independent releases selling strongly, reaching far shores and receiving high praise.


Since his last release 'Good Morning Midnight', Richie assembled together a band of seasoned, like-minded musicians and retreated to the studio to record a batch of songs for a new album scheduled for release towards the end of this year. With a new EP already in the pipeline and a host of exciting live dates in the diary, 2015 is shaping up to be an eventful year for all concerned.


"The UK's Answer to Ryan Adams"

BBC Introducing


“Almost perfect, the future looks very bright indeed! 9/10”

Americana UK


"A young home-grown singer-songwriter with a great future in front of him"





With his brand new four track EP ‘Circles’ artist/producer Seb Stone is setting his sites upon a busy live schedule, both with his band and with a solo acoustic set for the remainder of 2015 leading into a fresh 2015. ‘Circles’ crosses many different genres with the lead track having a cinematic and romantic feel and songs such as ‘Individual’ highlight a more rap/urban pop vein. The last two tracks on the EP cover rock and reggae in ‘Final Fantasy’ and a mash up of rnb/pop and indie in ‘Name’.


Born in London to an artistic Trinidadian/English family (Seb’s roots are Trinidadian, English, Indian, Chinese and Irish), Seb was raised around music. His mother and uncle formed the duo Mac & Katie Kissoon, while his father was in the duo R&J Stone. After the duo his mother went on to record and tour/perform with the likes of Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Roger Waters, Robbie Williams, George Michael and Jamiroquai. Other member’s of his family include his Uncle, actor Jeffery Kissoon and step-brother Rhashan Stone.


Seb engineers and produces all of his music out of his studio in West London, playing all drums, percussion, guitar, bass, and piano, on top of his song writing and vocal work. Entirely self taught and self managed, Seb also works as a producer for other unsigned artists out of SKP Studios in West London. He’s also worked as a session vocalist for Guy Chambers.


With influences ranging from Ben Harper, Jamiroquai, Sly & the Family Stone, Stephen Simmonds, T-Rex and Tom Petty, Seb is getting deeper into his writing and production and is currently working on new songs for 2016.




Sonificade are a new 4-piece alternative indie-rock band based in the Midlands, UK. The lineup combines members from the bands, ‘The Procession’, (James, Martin & Paul) and ‘LuckyNumberOne’, (Rob) and is a fresh, exciting evolution for them. The Procession attracted lots of attention on the local scene and beyond with their otherworldly sound and volatile live performances. They also won an international unsigned band competition as well as received critical acclaim for both recorded material and live work. Sonificade will build on past success to connect with that loyal fan base.


Signed to Scottish label Circular Records, 2016 promises to be an exciting year for the Sonificade. Their debut single ‘Me Can Out’ is set for release in November 2015, with their debut album, ‘Despite All The Noise’ to follow in early 2016.


Moving away from homely comforts at Kasabian’s secret studio complex in Leicestershire Sonificade have enlisted up-and-coming Scottish producer Garry Boyle at the Slate Room, part of the famous Castle Sound Studios just outside Edinburgh for the recording of ‘Despite All The Noise’. The result is a stunning soundscape evoking a journey of emotions whilst packing a powerful punch!


Sonificade plan to release a retrospective collection of former work next year. They have also been recording more material for the follow up to Despite All The Noise and that is coming to a close soon so, the next 12 months promises to be a fruitful time.





The Senton Bombs release their new album Mass Vendetta via 7Hard.


A band that started young and stuck together, The Senton Bombs now have a decade plus of experience under their belts. 'Mass Vendetta' is the band's fourth studio album and one of the most eagerly awaited albums in the hard rock scene today. Tipped by the likes of Classic Rock, Powerplay Magazine and Total Rock Radio to be one of the next breakout bands, the Bombs have capitalised on the success of 2013 album 'Chapter Zero' and a 2014 E.P entitled 'Phantom High' which have catapulted the band toward a global audience.


In November the band announced they had signed with 7Hard Records for the release, scheduled for 15.04.16. The deal will see the band’s music moved into the global market via 7Hards numerous distribution partners, including Sony and Universal.


“A blues rock spawned prowl, employing more classic and southern rock flavouring than anything they have bred before. The vocals are impressive, cleaner and clearer than those usually offered by Class and just as compelling.”

Ringmaster Review


"A hard-rocking, beer-swilling, floor filling, sh*t-kicking slice of rock."

Tony Wilson, Total Rock




Anglo-Swedish WE GHOSTS blend elements of pop, jazz, blues and folk in a refreshing and original way into a genre they call Blue Wave/Acoustica.


Fronted by the song writing team of Swedish singing marvel J.J.Woodall and English instrumentalist John Christopher, We Ghosts are always on the road and over the last decade they have performed hundreds of gigs a year, mostly in Sweden and England but also elsewhere in Europe as well as the U.S.


Their breathtaking live show is worthy of any stage and their atmospheric, eerie and inventive recordings have been used in soundtracks as well having received frequent airplay and critical acclaim.

























SINCE 2005


2016 Roster


Once again our roster is bursting with some of the best risingmusic talent in the UK and beyond.


Jake Morley, Marcella Detroit, The Wonder Stuff, Peggy Seeger and many more appear on the national new music radars.


Other notable releases should see the likes of The Senton Bombs, Kirsten Adamson.Filthy Tongues, Matinee and Officer.


Major artists on board include Radio 2’s Clare Teal and Ian Prowse as well as our festival roster of Beverley Folk Festival, Burton Jaz Festival and Whitby World Music festival.


For current information on our roster visit our Facebook page via the link below.