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Alex Hedley is the ex frontman/lead guitarist of Swanage band Saturday Sun. A band that if you had been fortunate enough to come across during the release of their debut album 'Orixé' (January 2014, Viva La Fleetwood Recordings), you’d remember. Musically they straddled the New Acoustic Movement but with echoes of the 60’s and 70’s in their rock/folk/blues fusion, and psychedelic touches which saw them compared to John Martyn and Pink Floyd ‘Wish You Were Here’ era by The Guardian.
Whilst the music of Saturday Sun was undoubtedly beautiful, (“when Saturday Sun come springing into our lives, we tend to think of something pastoral, something beautifully translucent.” – Clash), it was Alex’s voice that illuminated everything the band created. Whilst comparisons to the late Jeff Buckley often prove hyperbolic, in Alex’s case, it's a sheer, inarguable fact. Alex’s voice is a rare thing, emotion drenched, often starting as a wavering, fragile falsetto and soaring into something massive and otherworldly, before settling into a velvety growl which brings-to-mind Mark Lanegan’s guttural tones.
Alex Hedley achieved a lot with Saturday Sun in the band’s short lifespan, a coveted ‘Band of the Day’ feature on The Guardian (as well as coverage on tastemakers like Clash through to the Financial Times who awarded their debut 4/5); a Daytrotter session; a support slot with Sigur Ros at Eden Project; a mainstage slot at Somersault Festival alongside Ben Howard, Jack Johnson and Spiritualised; three extensive European headline tours, and a BBC Radio 1 ‘Battle of the Bands’ win which led to them playing further shows at Larmer Tree and Beautiful Days festivals. To date the lead track ‘Seagull’ from debut 'Orixé' has been streamed over 8 million times via Spotify (with Saturday Sun drawing in as many as 17 thousand unique daily listeners on occasions).
Following the disbandment of Saturday Sun, Alex has been touring extensively. Playing headline shows across Europe - including a slot at Arctangent festival as guest vocalist with Nordic Giants and a support gig in Holland with The Young Folk - picking up endorsements from the likes of Tanglewood guitars along the way.