Track Of The Day: DIDI – ‘Fickle Friends’

Following GIHE favourites ‘Sorry’ and last single ‘Fast And Furious’ – and having received acclaim from the likes of BBC Radio 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins and Tom Robinson as well as an NMG award for breakthrough artist – songwriter and producer Lauren Deakin Davies – aka DIDI – is back with another utterly infectious offering.

Oozing her trademark vibrant, colourful energy alongside buzzing hooks ‘Fickle Friends’ is another slice of uptempo, sparkling pop-punk from the young artist. Propelled by DIDI’s raw, impassioned vocals and an impressive musicality, it’s an instantly catchy raging anthem, that will energise and motivate on first listen.

Of the track, DIDI explains:

wrote this song a little while ago and it was originally written on ukulele of all things. It’s very interesting to see the transition in my mental state between when I wrote this and now. I was feeling quite bitter at the time – I was very hurt and I still feel quite strongly about this song and the situation so it made sense to release it as a single. Perhaps other people will relate to the raw emotion.


‘Fickle Friends’ is out now, and DIDI will be releasing her debut EP on 1st November.

Mari Lane




LISTEN: DIDI – ‘Fast And Furious’

Following GIHE favourites ‘Sorry’ and ‘Back Off’, ‘Fast And Furious’ is the fourth single from DIDI, aka producer Lauren Deakin Davies. Having received acclaim from the likes of BBC 6Music and Amazing Radio, DIDI has only been writing her own music since March last year, but is already making plenty of waves! 

Having wowed us with her sparkling, uptempo pop-punk live at one of our nights at The Finsbury last year, DIDI is an accomplished songwriter and producer, who showcases her impressive vocal range with this new offering. With its twinkling alt-pop melodies and soaring, emotion-strewn splendour, ‘Fast And Furious’ is an utterly infectious sonic delight.

Find out more about DIDI and her new single in this exclusive video:

And listen to the brand new single here:


‘Fast and Furious’ is being self released on 9th February. And catch DIDI live headlining The Finsbury in London on 6th February for Zoe Konez͛’s ‘Stop Look Listen’ event, and with her full band at The Workshop in Shoreditch on 15th March.


Mari Lane


Get In Her Ears Live at The Finsbury w/ The Magnettes, 10.11.17

Following a host of super amazing bands playing for us over the last year – including H.Grimace, REWS, Trash Kit, The Empty Page, Kid Cupid and Deux Furieuses – we were back at The Finsbury last Friday for our monthly dose of incredible live music.

Kicking off the night is the utterly captivating, and truly dreamy, sounds of Carolyn’s Fingers. With their haunting, ethereal splendour, they cast a spell over us all in an instant.

Next up we’re privileged to host DIDI with her first full band show. Oozing all the energy-fuelled, empowering vibes and punk-pop joy, it’s a truly uplifting set – and hopefully the first of many that this collective have to offer.

Having travelled down from Birmingham to play for us, penultimate artist of the night MeMe Detroit delivers all the reverb-strewn riffs and gritty, soulful vocals you could ever desire. With a unique sonic force, and an incredible rousing magnetism, she delivers a wonderfully raucous set.

Drawing the night to a close is something we’ve been extremely excited about: we’re honoured that The Magnettes have travelled all the way from Sweden for Get In Her Ears! Set on crushing the patriarchy with their own unique brand of ‘fuck-pop’, the trio succeed in completely blowing us away. Steeped in a Riot Grrrl-inspired passion, with added sparkly pop sensibilities, donning their matching ‘Psycho Witch’ cheer-leading outfits, front-women Rebecka and Sanna treat us to something truly memorable and a little bit spooky; with fun-filled energy and empowering force in equal measure, it’s the perfect end to the night.

Huge thanks to the four bands who played for us! And don’t miss our next night at The Finsbury on 8th December, when we’ll have Temples Of Youth, Chorusgirl, HMS Morris and The Gravity Drive – another unmissable lineup!


Words: Mari Lane / @marimindles 

Photos: Jess McPhee / @jayeliza_




Track Of The Day: DIDI – ‘Back Off’

It’s hard to believe that GIHE favourite Lauren Deakin Davies – aka DIDI only embarked on her solo career in March this year, having already received praise from the likes of BBC 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins and Tom Robinson’s Fresh On The Net. A pretty impressive feat for just about 7 months’ work! And now she’s treated us to another expressive, attitude-filled anthem.

Filled with DIDI’s trademark joyous energy and laden with astute social observation, ‘Back Off’ is another impassioned slice of empowering punk-pop from the young artist. Of the inspiration behind the track, DIDI explains:

“I was on the way back from a gig, on the late night train from London, where I witnessed a guy shouting at a drunk girl to be quiet. He starting dissing her education and race and it really pissed me off. I was about to wade in but she was sticking up for herself so well, had a sassy come back for everything and it actually made me sad that this was clearly not the first time she had had to deal with this. So I just had to write a song about it there and then, before I could go to sleep. as I was so angry! In recording it, I was really pleased to have some additional vocal contribution from Minnie Birch, Lewis Bootle, Penny Churchill and Rhiannon Mair.”

Created by Dani O’Brien, the punchy brand new lyric video for ‘Back Off’ is out now, and you can watch it here:

DIDI is fast turning heads as a provocative, fearless solo performer, as well as a record producer, and recently won Producer of the Year from East Anglia’s NMG Awards. Her debut EP is out early 2018, and you can catch her live next week 10th November at Get In Her Ears Live at The Finsbury, along with The Magnettes, MeMe Detroit and Carolyn’s Fingers!


Mari Lane