Jam Tarts: Brighton Indie Choir

What Nouvelle Vague do with bossa nova and the Ukulele Orchestra do with, well, ukuleles, Jam Tarts Choir do with four (or five or even ten) part harmonies, 60 pairs of mighty lungs and six degrees of celebration. Not for nothing are Jam Tarts known for moving audiences of even the hardest punk fans to tears...

Jam Tarts have enjoyed a string of successful shows in 2016 and 2017, including festival appearances and a critically acclaimed collaboration with Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta. 

The 60 Tarts pack out venues wherever they appear. Their musically tight and emotionally powerful sound showcases director Li Mills’s unique, shimmering arrangements of songs by indie and alternative artists including The Smiths, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, Bat for Lashes, Tom Waits, Buzzcocks, Joy Division, First Aid Kit, and Ezra Furman, who tweeted after seeing a video of Anything Can Happen “This is truly a delight for me to see. Thank you to the Jam Tarts choir. You nailed it, and made my day.”

Jam Tarts have multiple festival appearances at Beautiful Days, Meadowlands and The Great Escape under their belts, on top of three performances at Islington’s Union Chapel. The choir are fast becoming festival favourites thanks to their winning combination of imaginative song choices and jaw-dropping arrangements, accompanied by piano, trumpets, cello and the occasional glockenspiel. 

The Tarts’ set at Beautiful Days festival was awarded 9/10 by Virtual Festivals, who commented: “Jam Tarts performed way beyond their billing, pulling in a massive crowd." And they’re keen to do more festivals in 2018 and beyond. Director Li says: 

“Festivals seem to be our natural home - the reactions we’ve had at Beautiful Days and The Great Escape have been incredible. We’re really excited about spreading our tarty goodness across as many fields as we can manage. We’d love to bring our
multi-harmony indie surprises to new festival audiences in 2018.”