LIO is an ambient alt-pop format fronted by Leonie Sloots. The Netherlands-born, Sheffield-based songwriter has taken the stage supporting acts such as Estrons, Our Girl, Skinny Pelembe, Slow Club, Stevie Parker and While She Sleeps. In May 2018 LIO launched as a full band, further building their eclectic sound compared to the likes of Florence and the Machine and Daughter. They quickly gathered momentum on the Sheffield music scene and beyond through multiple festival appearances (Outlines, Tramlines, Y Not Festival), radio play (Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing Sheffield, Sheffield Live) and their O2 Academy Sheffield debut supporting King No-One. Other Highlights: - Sold out single/band launch at Café Totem, Sheffield in May 2018 - Included in BBC Introducing Sheffield’s ‘Top 50 Tracks of 2018’ with Growing Pains, only 3 weeks after its November release - Featured as one of the Unsigned Guide ‘Spotlight Artists’ of January 2019 With third single ‘Burn’ set for release on April 26th, winning free studio-time at Steel City Studio to record their debut EP and a number of shows to be announced, 2019 is set to be an exciting year for this 4-piece. ​LIO is: Vocals & Guitar / Leonie Sloots // Keys & Synth / Chris Mayall // Lead Guitar / Jonathan Wright // Drums / Richard Blakey FFO: Florence and the Machine, Daughter, Stevie Parker, Nothing But Thieves Others about LIO: “The recent addition of a full band has lifted the delicate and captivating voice of LIO to an amazing new level and transformed her music into a powerful force to be reckoned with” - BBC Introducing Sheffield “Growing Pains is probably my favourite track that I've heard from her yet. And that's saying something, because she makes some incredible music.” - BBC Introducing Sheffield “UK-based, Dutch musician LIO is one of Holland’s most intriguing new singer-songwriters, having carved a reputation for herself as someone who is able to capture the pure essence of human emotion within her music.” - All Things Loud “Ranging from ambient soundscapes to mellow indie and everything in between, their set was a very welcome breather. One thing that cannot go understated is LIO’s voice. She manages to belt her heart out while having it blend perfectly with the moody ambience of the music. It’s pretty impressive.” - KYCKER ​“LIO delivers powerful vocal melodies, gracious, intelligent lyrics and has a talent for writing thoughtful and meaningful tunes that are relatable and admirable in equal measure.” - English Rain