Belfast-born/London-based duo Bicep (Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson) are childhood friends who bonded over a shared love of dance music. In the decades since first meeting, aged 8, Bicep have become one of the world’s most avidly appreciated curators and producers of electronic music.
Hailed by the BBC as “one of the biggest names in UK dance”, Bicep continue to cement themselves as one of the defining global electronic acts of our times. Their most recent release “Water” — which arrived alongside a mind-bending video directed by celebrated filmmaker Aoife McArdle — was described as nothing short of “anthemic” by Mixmag, and saw Billboard opine that the duo “consistently creates some of the most powerful electronic atmospheres on the market”, as well as commending their “mind-blowing live performances.” The track was also named Best Dance Record at 2023’s A2IM Libera Awards.
In 2022 Bicep also played their biggest UK Live shows to date with back-to-back performances at London’s 10k capacity Alexandra Palace — both of which sold out in just 5 minutes — a headline arena-tour throughout Europe including Zenith Paris, Lotto Arena Antwerp and UFO Velodrom Berlin, and a run of high-profile festival and headline shows across North America which included Primavera LA and Portola festival in San Francisco, as well as a sold-out tour of Australia including stops in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.
Comfortably installed as one of the biggest names in dance music, Bicep released their hotly anticipated second album, ‘Isles’, in January 2021. Met with widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike, ’Isles’ was described as "a tour de force of neon euphoria" (Resident Advisor), "brimming with restless energy" (Evening Standard), “one of the defining dance music albums of 2021” (Mixmag), "intricate, moody, nostalgic, introspective and emotional” (Billboard) and named The Guardian’s ‘Album of the Week’. It debuted at #2 on the UK Official Albums Chart and #1 on the UK Official Vinyl Albums Chart, earning the duo two BRITs nominations — for Best British Group & Breakthrough Act — in the process.
Signed to Ninja Tune in 2017, their self-titled debut album was released to universal acclaim later that year. ‘Bicep’ attained a Top 20 entry in the UK charts, garnering plaudits from the likes of Pitchfork, Resident Advisor and the Guardian, as well as a cover feature in Mixmag to add to that magazine’s gong for “Album of the Year”. Tracks like “Opal” — and the subsequent Four Tet remix— as well as the record’s lead single “Glue”, with and its iconic Joe Wilson-directed video, became touch-points for electronic music in 2017, with the latter named DJ Mag “Track of the Year”. The “Glue” video, alongside Bicep’s RA Live performance were also recently included in the lauded ‘Electronic’ exhibition, first shown at the Philharmonie de Paris last year and most recently at London’s Design Museum.
Almost 1 million people had the chance to see Bicep play live in 2022, including headline performances at Glastonbury — where they closed the festival’s second biggest stage in front of 35k people with a now legendary set that was televised by the BBC — Primavera (Barcelona and Los Angeles), Parklife, Wide Awake, AVA and Field Day. They also completed a sold-out UK tour that included three headline shows at London’s O2 Academy Brixton, and two North American tours that included a sold-out show at NYC’s Knockdown Center, Portola festival San Francisco and shows in Denver, Chicago, Austin and more.
The closing night of their triumphant three-night sold-out run of shows at Printworks in London in 2018 was recorded by Resident Advisor for their ‘RA Live’ series, with 3.2 million views to date on YouTube alone, and in September 2020, with the live music & touring industry in a state of flux, Bicep announced an innovative one-off ticketed livestream performance — one of the first of its kind for an electronic artist — broadcast across 5 different timezones, and watched by people in over 70 countries.