The Goa Express

The Goa Express, led by Clarke alongside his brother Joe and best friends Joey, Naham and Sam, met as young teenagers in Burnley. Growing up in the rural shadow of England’s industrial north, music was a means of escape and a vessel for friendship. Their shared adolescent experiences (late gigs at The Golden Lion in Todmorden, camping underneath the cliffs at Hebden Bridge) shaped their collective attitudes and behaviours and, ultimately, the sound and spirit of their band.

Post-lockdown, the 5-piece stormed out of the gates with intent. The Goa Express played over a hundred UK/EU gigs in 2022, including stops at Glastonbury, Latitude and The Great Escape.

It was in the immediate wake of their Glastonbury debut that recent single ‘Portrait’ was put together in the Welsh village of Raglan, with the boys returning to the studio six months later to record ‘Talking About Stuff’ and ‘Good Luck Charm’ early in 2023. Both new tracks have seen Ocean Colour Scene’s Damon Minchella pairing with Tom Manning on production duties.

There is a sense of melody and a looseness in the music that brings to mind Supergrass or The La’s (for the online generation). But it is all delivered with a forward-facing urgency that places the band firmly in the year 2023. Any new young guitar band – especially from the North of England – is naturally cast into a sea of references and comparisons before barely getting a chord out. But in truth, The Goa Express are confidently breaking free of these and taking their own strides towards adding a fresh chapter to the story of modern British guitar pop.

Punctuating their status as burgeoning hometown heroes, The Goa Express can be seen performing to thousands at Burnley’s Turf Moor stadium in Bank of Dave, Netflix UK’s most watched film upon release week.

Catch The Goa Express live:

Tickets available here from 10am Friday 26th May


20th May Get Together Festival, Sheffield, UK

26th May YES Basement, Manchester, UK

27th May Neighbourhood Weekender Festival, Manchester, UK

28th May In It Together Festival, Port Talbot, UK

29th May Primavera Sound Festival (a la Ciutat), Barcelona, ES

31st May The Lower Third, London, UK


28th-30th Jun Watt En Schlick Festival, Varel, DE


9th Sep Confessional Music and Arts Festival, Blackburn, UK


3rd Nov Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavík, IS

9th Nov Rough Trade, Nottingham, UK

10th Nov Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, UK

11th Nov Workmans Club, Dublin, IRE

13th Nov Broadcast, Glasgow, UK

14th Nov Yellow Arch, Sheffield, UK

15th Nov Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK

17th Nov New Century, Manchester, UK

18th Nov District, Liverpool, UK

19th Nov Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK

21st Nov Exchange, Bristol, UK

22nd Nov Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK

23rd Nov Scala, London, UK

24th Nov Komedia Studio, Brighton, UK


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Yellow Arch Studios 30-36 Burton Rd
Sheffield S3 8BX
14th November 2023 - 7:30 pm
Yellow Arch Studios
16+ (Under 18 with adult)
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