Art School Girlfriend In Store (& Signing)

We’re delighted to announce that Art School Girlfriend will be kicking off a short stripped down solo tour of record shops for the launch of her debut album “Is It Light Where You Are” here at The Rock Box on Saturday 11th September at 3pm.

If you pre-order her album, you will receive 2 priority entry tickets for the show. There will be an opportunity to get your records signed at the end of her performance.

Important Information

In order to protect the artist & production team, our staff & fellow attendees, we kindly ask that everyone attending wears a face covering during the performance & subsequent signing. We recognise that you may be exempt and we respect that – however, in order to avoid any embarrassment, we kindly ask you to bring proof.

Please also take a COVID test no earlier than 24 hours prior & do not attend if positive or you have COVID symptoms etc.

The store will close for a short period prior to the event to allow set up.

Pre-orders of the album will receive 2 priority spaces for the event. Thereafter, entry is first come, first served. We reserve the right to refuse admission & capacity will be limited.

Entry is free – RSVP here.

About Art School Girlfriend & her debut “Is It Light Where You Are”

“Is It Light Where You Are” is the debut album from Art School Girlfriend, moniker of Welsh producer, multi-instrumental musician and song writer Polly Mackey. Mostly written over a two week period of 14-hour solo studio sessions, the bulk of her album is torn straight from a journal kept throughout 2019.

Those pages chronicle the end of a US tour, the tumultuous ending of a six-year relationship and Mackeys’ journey back to London from Margate, where she lived and co-owned a book shop with her then girlfriend. The record starts with that feeling of being on the precipice of change, she explains. Before deciding to pull everything apart, go through it all and come out the other side.

While the lyrics are autobiographical, the full story can be heard in the album’s sonic relief map. The main theme is duality between light and dark, lightness and heaviness. The production sort of mimics human emotions: there’s a lot of beauty buried underneath these uncomfortable-to-listen-to sounds.

Polly is also a DJ – she has a monthly show on women-led radio station, Foundation FM, plus has been DJ for Anna Calvi‘s London show at Heaven, and opened for Tuner Prize 2019 and at Queer rave, Chapter 10.

Additionally, she is a featured vocalist on 2 tracks on Ghostpoet‘s most recent album, “I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep”.

She has also scored a BFI short film, Shy Radicals.