Concrete & Grass presents: HONNE

“This steamyelectro-soul duo purr sweet nothings over sexy beats” – New York Times
“Honne’s futuristic soul is destined to re-invent babymaking music.” – The Telegraph

Sensual, sensational nocturnal sonics.

HONNE are the soundtrack to our digital romances, our urban love lives in the 21st century. Their smooth electronic-soul a widescreen take on modern heartbreak and timeless heartache.

‘Warm on a Cold Night.’Good Together’. Their smash-hit singles have won them a massive global following, and their debut album was a captivating record that flirted with funk and shone in its quieter moments.

They’ve got an irresistibly infectious sophomore album on the way, and a blissful, swooning live show perfected over the last half-decade. HONNE are making their China debut with Concrete & Grass, and we can’t wait to share it all with you.

Tuesday, 31st July – Shanghai (ModernskyLAB) and Wednesday, 1st August – Beijing (Tango 3F). 280RMB presale, and 320RMB at the door.

HONNE are singer Andy and multi-instrumentalist James, who first bonded over their shared upbringing in South-West England; followed by the more evocative, US West Coast grooves of their record collections, and a mutual fascination with Japan. During a midnight re-watching of ‘Lost in Translation,’ it became apparent that this sense of a partner at a loose end – of wandering through a strange environment, and struggling to convey what you mean – was just as relevant to their lives off-screen.

When James found the word ‘Honne’ later on (本音, a Japanese phrase meaning ‘true feelings’), the boys knew it was theirs. The first song HONNE ever finished, ‘Warm On A Cold Night’, also served as the title for their stunning debut album. And, between the millions of stream and sell-out shows since then, the soulful duo have carved out an instantly-identifiable sound all of their own.

For their next move, they’re focused on themselves. Placing a microscope to their own lives – the jet-setting highs and lows of being in a band, the relationships they tried to hold up back home – HONNE’s forthcoming second album is a touching, personal record with its own universal appeal.

Love Me / Love Me Notreleases August 24th, and captures the duality of life’s ups and downs, and the balancing act of navigating between two states at once. Every peak, HONNE sing, means a challenge is round the corner; and equally: whenever life throws everything at once, better times are ahead.

This is one of those.Warmer still on a warm summer night. HONNE, first time in China. 


Concrete & Grass Presents: HONNE
Date and Time: Tuesday, 31July, 8:30pm
Venue: ModernskyLABr
3/F, 188 Ruihong Lu, near Tianhong Lu
瑞虹路188号3楼, 近天虹路
Tickets: 280 RMB (Presale – Sold Out) / 320 RMB (Door)

Date and Time: Wednesday, 1 August, 8:30pm
Venue: TANGO LIVE 3rd Floor  糖果LIVE 三层
3/F Tango, 79 HepingliXijie
Tickets: 280 RMB (Presale) / 320 RMB (Door)
NOTICE:  Tickets once sold cannot be refunded!

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About Concrete & Grass:
Concrete & Grass is China’s grooviest music festival. It happens in September each year, when the weather is warm and frequently perfect. It’s Shanghai’s own #APlaceLessOrdinary –  chock-full of great bands, weird art, strange creatures and fun distractions. Our venue, the wonderful Shanghai Rugby Football Club, is a lovingly intimate space with lush fields of real grass. We started in 2015 as Echo Park, with Gerard Way, Young Fathers, Swim Deep, and Nova Heart on the bill. 2016 saw Edison Chen, Sekai No Owari, and A$APFerg. 2017 had RADWIMPS, Princess Nokia and DIIV at the party. 2018’s looking pretty ace.

About Split Works:
Split Works has been rocking in the free (ish) world since 2006. Working with inspirational artists from across the globe, the good people at Split Works HQ have been a key contributor to the continued rise of China’s music scene.Split Works has launched five music festivals and promoted over 400 tours to 30 Chinese cities, always striving to stay true to a familiar refrain: the music has to be special, every single time. From Godspeed You! Black Emperor to Sonic Youth, from Thee Oh Sees to Mac Demarco and Cloud Nothings, from Black Rabbit to JUE and Wooozy to Concrete & Grass. We love music, we love China and we love you.

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