Better Joy: at Oporto on 4 February

Manchester-based Better Joy is fronted and created by Bria Keely and completed by her band. They released their debut single ‘Hard To Love’ in October 2023 and it’s already received plays with BBC Radio 1, BBC6 Music and BBC Introducing.

Hard To Love is about how difficult it is to accept yourself – and about the people who love you anyway.

Better Joy’s alternative pop sound is a deft fusion of the classic and the contemporary, boldly experimenting between opposites, such as deep lyrics combined with forthrightly simple melodies (dark and light) and sheer vulnerability matched with innate steeliness.

Bria began songwriting at university, then through an introduction to Producer Mike Peden, she started writing with is sons, Joe and Chris.

Influenced by an array of artists from The Jesus & Mary Chain to Phoebe Bridgers, and The Cure to Fazerdaze, Bria revels in exploring love; through romance, friendships and by examining her relationship with herself.

Better Joy will be sharing new music soon.

January and February Dates:

31 January The Parish Huddersfield
2 February Lions Den Manchester
4 February Oporto Leeds

Photograph by Kevin Cummins.

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