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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The Magic Numbers

Last year we had the incredible opportunity to record a live track Abbey Road Studios Studio 2 with our good friend and pedal steel wizard Joe Harvey-Whyte. We chose Wayward because it’s a song of hope and we’re pleased to be teaming up with Karousel Music YSJ Music Production and Monks Road Social in aid of the amazing Help Musicians UK. Here it is! All proceeds go to #MusicMindsMatter - their around the clock support line and listening ear service they set up for musicians and folks working the music industry.

It’s a tough gig sometimes, doing anything creative takes you on a personal emotional rollercoaster ride, yes there can be those supreme highs but with them comes the inevitable lows and during these lows it’s really important to have someone there you can turn to for help or advice, this Is our opportunity to show that we’re there for our musical family. Our single in support of the album is out now… The album is released on Friday - this week is #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, please support it!

Download the single now on itunes… Please share around to help the charity reach more people!

Buy this special version of Wayward here: AWAL.lnk.to/magicnumberssingle

Buy the album: www.musicglue.com/hmuk
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Gotta be the best version I've heard of the song. Stunning x

Love you.

Amazing ❤️

Love it!! 😍

Yeah!! 💖

Esto es increíble en un estudio tan emblemático y con una canción tan llena de magia

Súper excelente mis Números Mágicos. ❤❤❤❤

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2 weeks ago

The Magic Numbers

The Borderline Residency 2004
Were you there????
These 3 shows really were the beginning of The Magic Numbers. There were so many firsts for us there and sadly it’s closing down.
It was the first time we ever sold out a show 🤘🏼far less 3 😳the first time an audience ever sang our songs back at us 😍 the first place we ever held an actual record with our music on it 😎the first time we signed our four names on those limited edition 45’s of that very first single Hymn For Her on @heavenlyrecordings 🖤⚡️It was during this time that we’d felt like we were finally achieving The Dream.
The dream of playing the music you were somehow compelled to write because of whatever feelings you were having inside at the time then.... practiced your ass off together to make sure you were playing it oh so effortlessly cool 💅 then getting the courage to share that with a bunch of people and hoped to fuck they’d respond to it in the way you want them to, to REALLY feel something....
We’ll always remember The Borderline for these firsts, those shows made us believe in magic x
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The Borderline Residency 2004 
Were you there???? 
These 3 shows really were the beginning of The Magic Numbers. There were so many firsts for us there and sadly it’s closing down. 
It was the first time we ever sold out a show 🤘🏼far less 3 😳the first time an audience ever sang our songs back at us 😍 the first place we ever held an actual record with our music on it 😎the first time we signed our four names on those limited edition 45’s of that very first single Hymn For Her on @heavenlyrecordings 🖤⚡️It was during this time that we’d felt like we were finally achieving The Dream. 
The dream of playing the music you were somehow compelled to write because of whatever feelings you were having inside at the time then.... practiced your ass off together to make sure you were playing it oh so effortlessly cool 💅 then getting the courage to share that with a bunch of people and hoped to fuck they’d respond to it in the way you want them to, to REALLY feel something....
We’ll always remember The Borderline for these firsts, those shows made us believe in magic x

 

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Well.done for this tribute celebrating live music... and those who facilitate it, often sacrificially and for the sole reward of sharing a love of live music.

Very special shows indeed ...remember them very well! The Borderline ...what a venue!!!👍❤️

I'm sure I attended at least one show and bumped into all my old Greenford Sainsburys crew. Thanks for the memories x

I shared a post yesterday about this closing. I was there and remember doing the video before going into the venue. So sad. Thank you for the great memories though. X

I was there and have Hymn for Her on vinyl. I first saw you supporting the wonderful Webb Brothers at Bush Hall. Or the Magic Webbs, as you called yourselves when you collaborated 😁😁 Great gigs all. I also went to many a club night at the Borderline. Such a shame to hear that it's closing 😔😔

Sadly not but I must have the world record for owning copies of Hymn for Her😂😂

Remember Dermot was at the night we went to! Great gigs. :-)

Great nights. Still have those posters somewhere, though the last one got slightly crumpled during post-gig Hanway Street madness which ended, as I recall, with a 3 a.m. rendition of The Weight after the bar had chucked us out. Sorry to hear of the Borderline's impending closure though. So many good memories of that place.

Yes I was there and I remember Dermot as well!!!

Um...think these were the only gigs we WEREN’T at....hey, Tamsin Eschle?! Xxx

La música de ustedes mis Números Mágicos en vivo es lo mejor de mi vida. Gracias por existir los amo.❤❤❤❤

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