THE SHORT STORY
Finalist of De Nieuwe Lichting at Studio Brussel (national radio station)
Finalist of the Humo’s Rock Rally
DIY tour through Spain financed with crowdfunding
First single ‘God Only Knows’ picked up by Studio Brussels, MNM and JIM TV
Release 'Run for gold' and airplay on RADIO 1
Debut EP fall
'What a wonderful singing! Harmony, phrasing, timing, melody, just when we thought the fleetfoxibilisation of pop was over!'
Jury of Humo’s Rock Rally
Polyphonous, atmospheric, warm. Just when everybody thought the Fleetfoxibilisation of pop music was over Byron Bay's impresses both music lovers and the professional jury during the finals of Humo's Rock Rally 2014, Flanders’ breeding ground for upcoming talents like The Black Box Revelation, Compact Disk Dummies, Goose and The Sore Losers.
Shows in Belgium’s top venues follow (Ancienne Belgique, Vooruit, Botanique,...), a crowdfunded tour through Spain, festivals in the Netherlands (Ik Zie U Graag) and Germany (Nachtwandel). Byron Bay is asked to support Wild Child, Geppetto and the Whales, Mad About Mountains and Mister and Mississippi while the media keep an eye on things.
Fall 2014. First single "God Only Knows" hits the charts of national radio stations Studio Brussels and MNM and gets selected by 22Tracks and Beehype. The track becomes song of the week of national TV show ‘Fans of Flanders’. Melancholy, layered with subtle synthesizers, finger snaps, close harmonies and of course, electronic drums: it seems a great match with the time of the year.
The surreal DIY-video that accompanies the single reaches the eyes of 30.000 YouTube viewers within 3 months. It gets a highly desired place in daily rotation on national music channel JIM TV and ends up in the top 10 for weeks.
Byron Bay released their second single in february 2015, it got picked up by Radio 1 immediately. They are ready to conquer many more hearts with their electronic Folk-Pop. Let yourself be carried away safely to their air castles, where it's better to linger than in the sublunary valley of tears!
Geppetto & The Whales | Birds That Change Colour | Mister & Mississippi | Mad About Mountains | And They Spoke In Anthems | Wild Child | Ed Kowalczyk | Marco Z
Ancienne Belgique | Botanique | Vooruit | Openluchttheater Rivierenhof | Het Depot | 4AD | De Casino | Muziekodroom | N9 | Ik Zie U Graag Festival (NL) | Dranouter Festival | De Zwerver | Popakademie Mannheim (DE) | Stoemp
'No top 3 listing in Humo’s Rock Rally? The competition must have been very tough!'
Review 3voor12, Ik Zie U Graag Festival (NL)
Tom Verstappen (lead singer, guitar, keys) | Dries Lybaert (backing vocals, guitar) | David Maes (backing vocals, keys) | Sander Stuer (backing vocals, drums)
'I thought it was pure, and I hear a song that gets stuck in your head.'
Isolde Lasoen (Daan, The Happy) about ‘Goldfish’, the song she selected for De Nieuwe Lichting at Studio Brussel
RADIO - TV - STREAMING
First single God Only Knows: airplay at Studio Brussel (De Afrekening) and MNM | Song of the week in Fans Of Flanders at Éen, Canvas and OP12 | Videoclip played by JIM TV: Jim Push for 1 week + top 10 8 weeks afterwards | Live session and interview JIM Maniacs | 22Tracks Indie + vi.be playlist
Other appearances: Studio Brussel live session (De Nieuwe Lichting) | Radio 1 interview and airplay (Allez Allez, Roxy) | Acht (Humo’s Rock Rally finals ) | Urgent.fm live session | Radio 1 airplay (vi.be record of the week) | Secret show Hipsteria (Italia)