The Magic Numbers and Penelope Isles: Brighton Old Market

Opening up for The Magic Numbers at Brighton’s Old Market are a starry-eyed young band called Penelope Isles. Somewhat confusingly none of the band members are called Penelope Isles – but two of them are called Jack. One of the Jacks is the brother of Lily, and then there’s Becky to make up the magic number four.

Penelope Isles have a strong Brighton following, but the hark from the Isle of Man – until now best known as the birthplace of The Bee Gees.

As well as the brother/sister thing, musically they share a lot in common with the Magic Numbers. Tight harmonies, sonic shapes, crafty lyrical hooks, and an ever-changing atmosphere as they wind the tempo up and down to keep the audience engaged throughout their set.

Definitely a band to look out for.

The Magic Numbers themselves need no real introduction or description – they are becoming a perennial mainstay of the touring and festival circuit, and we always hear them referred to in terms such as ‘the best live band I’ve ever seen – and I’ve seen a lot!’ or ‘a genuine slice of summer sunshine.’

You can’t really say any more than that.

However what is worth taking note of is their new album, ‘Outsiders’.

This is a really good listen, and plenty of the new tracks have instantly made it onto the live setlist.

We particularly like the Fleetwood Mac-meets-Florence and the Machine vibe of ‘Shotgun Wedding‘, the baggy Manchester drums of ‘Ride Against the Wind’ and the T-Rex-influences scattered through ‘The Keeper‘.

Other musical references aside, this is far from a derivative album – it’s pure Magic Numbers through and through, and if you are a fan of the band you need it in your collection.

You can still catch the band on tour at the following venues:
May 22 | Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester
May 23 | West End Arts Centre, Aldershot
May 28 | Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
May 29 | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
May 30 | Arts Centre, Pocklington
May 31 | The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
June 2 | The Cluny, Newcastle
June 3 | The Caves, Edinburgh
June 4 | The Old Fire Station, Carlisle
June 5 | The Georgian Theatre, Stockton
June 7 | Empire, Belfast
June 8 | Cyprus Avenue, Cork, IRE
June 9 | Roisin Dubh, Galway, IRE
June 10 | Whelans, Dublin, IRE
June 12 | Arts Club, Liverpool
June 13 | Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich

Photos by Sara Bowrey

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4 weeks ago

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**Romeo & Michele Accompanying REN HARVIEU in London tomorrow night**
Always a truly amazing night accompanying the one and only Ren Harvieu It’s been a thoroughly rewarding journey working closely with her on her music and vision. Last night we played to a sold out room at The Deaf Institute in her hometown of Manchester and it was such a magical live moment, I’m still on a high!
We will be at the beautiful Mirth, Marvel & Maud tomorrow night, don’t miss out on seeing her now at this point, the start of a new chapter. Only a very few tickets remaining
www.renharvieumusic.com/listings
Here’s a photo of Michele & I with Ren from last night
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**Romeo & Michele Accompanying REN HARVIEU in London tomorrow night**
Always a truly amazing night accompanying the one and only Ren Harvieu It’s been a thoroughly rewarding journey working closely with her on her music and vision. Last night we played to a sold out room at The Deaf Institute in her hometown of Manchester and it was such a magical live moment, I’m still on a high!
We will be at the beautiful Mirth, Marvel & Maud tomorrow night, don’t miss out on seeing her now at this point, the start of a new chapter. Only a very few tickets remaining 
https://www.renharvieumusic.com/listings
Here’s a photo of Michele & I with Ren from last night 
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Aww looks so great !!! Hope you accompany Ren on the Album release tour??? - would love to catch you guys ‘up North ‘ ( maybe the Cluny again ? ) ❤️

Any Chance of a Dublin Visit?

Muy bien mis Números Mágicos. 🎧

wish I was there.💙💚

Fantastic, it was too!!! Exquisite voice and music!

It was a wonderful night - what a treat, Ren, Romeo and Michelle on stage together. Give Ren a gentle reminder to name check the band tonight 💞

Beauuuutiful pic!

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2 months ago

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🐰Ren Harvieu ~ Teenage Mascara🐰

Today’s an incredibly special day and I have to share this with you all. The one and only Ren Harvieu releases the first single Teenage Mascara from her forthcoming album on Bella Union early next year. She’s everything and more 🖤💃🏻as some of you may already know and this video shot by Rankin is fucking amazing!!! Ren & I wrote this song together and it’s been our sassy little secret for so long but not anymore. My partner in crime and studio wizard Dave Lynch at Echo Zoo Studios produced it with us. A lot of love went into this one 💕
Go buy on iTunes or listen on Spotify over and over & be sure to follow her if you’re not already. Exciting times lay ahead.
Big love
Romeo x
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Heard this a few times at Ren’s live shows supporting the Magic Numbers and it sounds so good. Love the fun, cheeky video too!

This is good news, what a combo 😊 Think I right in thinking it was Ren who supported you at Thekla last year? She was fantastic 👍🏻

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4 months ago

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***TUNE IN TODAY***
UK Time 4-6pm Boogaloo Radio
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine..... @renharvieu & I are going Doomsday on your asses today over on the RnR Show with today’s theme being Reeling In The Reckoning.
Playing lots of out there prog, otherworldly opuses, soundtrack work by the likes of Italian composers Goblin, Fabio Frizzi, Riz Ortolani and songs that you’d want to hear on your way out of this world and entering the next. We’re also excited to be joined by LE CYGNE NOIR to talk about his amazingly brave and epic forthcoming debut album “Shadow of a Wrecking Ball” which is a concept album based around the end of the world and a zombie take over 🧟‍♂️🧟‍♂️🧟‍♂️Tune in guys, gonna be a fun one x
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***TUNE IN TODAY*** 
UK Time 4-6pm Boogaloo Radio 
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine..... @renharvieu & I are going Doomsday on your asses today over on the RnR Show with today’s theme being Reeling In The Reckoning. 
Playing lots of out there prog, otherworldly opuses, soundtrack work by the likes of Italian composers Goblin, Fabio Frizzi, Riz Ortolani and songs that you’d want to hear on your way out of this world and entering the next. We’re also excited to be joined by LE CYGNE NOIR to talk about his amazingly brave and epic forthcoming debut album “Shadow of a Wrecking Ball” which is a concept album based around the end of the world and a zombie take over 🧟‍♂️🧟‍♂️🧟‍♂️Tune in guys, gonna be a fun one x

5 months ago

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This year’s Glastonbury was one of our favourites EVER!!! 💥There was something in the air.
C H A N G E
Times they are a changin’ people. There was a real celebration of each other, freedom within ourselves. I’ll always remember all the tears of joy that we shared with our friends watching Lizzo 😭It was a beautiful moment. We love you guys ♥️
Thanks to everyone for coming to see us at the Avalon stage, you were with us ALL the way and it was one of our BEST ever gigs at Glastonbury and we’ve done many stages over the years. What was so fucking cool was that we mainly played songs from our new album Outsiders 🖤🤘🏼🔥 It just felt like our gang together spilling out of that tent in the fields of Avalon. Loved having our brother Joe Harvey Whyte join us on the pedal steel. Big love everybody. Thanks again and here’s to the future. xxxx
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Yeah!! 🤘🏻

We were with you all the way. It was epic 👍

You were definitely one of my favourites this wkd 💖 x I loved your music back then and still love it now x

Can’t wait to see you again ❤️

It's about time Glastonbury and the BBC should get their heads out of their arses and get you guys on a bigger stage and on the televised moments instead of these bloody acts that have been out 5 minutes. Rant over bet you guys rocked it as usual though🤘🤘

What a gang!! Such good times xxx

would have loved to see this.. seen the magic numbers in Cyprus avenue cork again in June.. great band. . i went to see " yesterday" in the cinema today.. in the final scene there is a band playing , we only get a brief glimpse of the bassist but i could have sworn it was Michelle Stoppard..??????

Come and see them again LauFest 2019 laufest.com/ please share ...

Super, asta el infinito y al mas alla.

Any chance of a set list for Cornwall ?!

Well done guys and gals - you were fantastic!! Hope you enjoyed the rest of the fest. We had our best one for years. Big love! x

You rocked guys. Always loved your music, but loved seeing people who love making music together. Is that too much love?! It is always so real and so fun with you guys.

You’re fantastic guys!! I have no dudes that was and incredible show!! Back to chile quickly pls xx

Thoroughly enjoyed your set at Avalon. Just missed the girls solo songs!

What do you mean "CHANGE"? Don't tell me you're in favour of Brexit!

First time I’ve seen you live. You were brilliant. What a night it was in that tent with Moorcheba and Frank Turner too.

Lost touch a bit with you guys. Watched the set heard some great songs so downloaded them all on my return loved the set and what a warm up for the force that was Frank Turner

Emily King every time a post of the Magic Number comes up I have to re-read it as I’m sure to your husband! I’m like, where’s Emily?!

Thank goodness it’s just one of your favourites, not best ever. I might of got offended!!! Looks soooo much fun x

I was there! 🥰

Great Glastonbury gig 🙌

Aw, wish I could have been there. Got a nice surprise yesterday though seeing Michelle on the big screen in er... Yesterday xx

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5 months ago

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We're looking forward to heading to Devon to play LauFest next month.
Tickets available here: ww.laufest.com
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Were looking forward to heading to Devon to play LauFest next month. 
Tickets available here: ww.laufest.com

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Just seen you at Glastonbury. Amazing! Hope to see you again soon ❤️

Can't wait to see you! X

Come to Kansas City!

Yeah!! 👋🏻

Can’t wait to welcome you!! ⚡️🎪⚡️

Was that Michelle playing Bass in the film Yesterday?

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