Marika Hackman

Art School Girlfriend

21 And Over
Wednesday, September 11
Doors: 7pm | Show: 8pm


Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for her emotionally honest and personal lyrics, Marika Hackman first made a name for herself with a spare, acoustic-oriented approach. Receiving acclaim for her musical talent, lyrical depth, and unique style, Marika has been recognized through interviews, reviews, and profiles in publications like The Independent, The Guardian, Pitchfork, Dazed, The New York Times, KEXP and Stereogum.


Hailing from Wrexham, North Wales and currently residing in East London, Polly Mackey has been making music as Art School Girlfriend since her debut EP in 2017. Combining organic instrumental textures with blue-hour tinged electronics, the producer/multi-instrumentalist has released two acclaimed albums. With 2021’s Is It Light Where You Are, Mackey captured a long-term breakup in vast sonic landscapes, skittering beats and diaristic lyrics. She followed this with 2023’s Soft Landing – a gauzy, liminal take on finding joy and contentment, described by Pitchfork as an “intimate and adventurous second album… guitars are processed to sound like synths, synths function like lead guitars, and drums flip between electronic and acoustic”. Mackey spent the last year touring and building her own studio, which has become a creative hub for both her own music making and working with other artists and bands; her third and upcoming record will be a product of her new space, with fresh music expected in Autumn 2024.

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