Award: MOBO Help Musicians Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Alternative

Location: Scotland


Hailing from Ayrshire, in just a few years brownbear has taken himself from an act tipped to do big things to selling out headline shows.

The release of the debut single ‘Dead or Alive’ in 2014 saw brownbear gain radio play on Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio Scotland and playlisted on Radio X. They were then invited to to support the Libertines at the Barrowlands reunion show before joining them at Alexandra Palace in London, Hyde Park BST & several European dates of the reunion tour. They also enjoyed a great festival run that year including T in the Park (BBC Introducing), Blue Balls (Switzerland) & Belladrum (Main Stage) before heading into the studio to start work on their debut album ‘What is Home?’.

In the last few years the band has shared the stage with the likes of The Libertines, The View, Reverend & The Makers & Michael Kiwanuka. brownbear’s self released debut album ‘What is Home?’ was well received particularly amongst their growing fanbase leading to a headline tour that ended with a sold out show at the infamous King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow.

With their debut album and a string of sold out headline shows already under their belt, brownbear are getting ready to hit the live circuit again with brand new material. The first new offering since 2018, ‘Retro’, was released in March 2020 to great response.

The fund was awarded to help create the music video for the next single. Due to the restrictions of Covid, particularly on artists abilities to play live, it was important to create a fully immersive music video to help further engage the bands existing audience as well as increasing it further.