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The Paddingtons
The Paddingtons at the Dundee Doghouse
Background information
OriginHull, England
GenresIndie rock, alternative rock[1]
Years active2002 (2002)–2009; 2014
LabelsMercury, Mama-Bear, DMC
MembersTom Atkin
Stuee Bevan
Josh Hubbard
Lloyd Dobbs
Grant Dobbs
Past membersMartin Hines

The Paddingtons are an English indie rock band from Hull. Between April 2005 and 9 November 2006, they played over 150 live shows, including venues such as Trent Park Golf Club, The Square, Harlow; Jersey Live; Summercase; The Underground, Stoke-on-Trent; T in the Park and at the Reading and Leeds Festivals.[citation needed]


Composed of Tom Atkin (vocalist), Stuee Bevan (guitarist) (originally Martin Hines), Josh Hubbard (guitarist); and brothers Lloyd (bassist) and Grant Dobbs (drummer), they were signed by Alan McGee to his Poptones record label.[1]

They originally made their name touring in and around the Hull area, at such venues as the Welly Club, The New Adelphi Club, and the Railway pub in Cottingham and became part of the New Yorkshire movement of the mid-2000s. Favoured by Libertines frontman Pete Doherty, they toured with Babyshambles in 2005.

Their debut album, First Comes First, was produced by Owen Morris, producer of Oasis' Definitely Maybe.[1] While their first LP achieved only modest commercial success, it raised the band's profile sufficiently to see singer Atkin listed on NME's Cool List 2005.[2]

In November 2006, they headed out on a small scale national tour to road test new material. They appeared alongside The Cribs at the Birmingham Academy. The Paddingtons also appeared with Dirty Pretty Things at The Forum in May, and again at The Spice Festival at the Hackney Empire in July 2007. On a holiday in Taipei, Carl Barat of Dirty Pretty Things broke his collarbone, so they recruited the help of Hubbard to play guitar while Barat's injury healed.[3]

In December 2007, they appeared alongside The Neat and The View at Hull City Hall, as part of the Love Music Hate Racism campaign. During the same month they also played a free gig on Christmas Eve to raise money to refurbish the toilets in The New Adelphi Club. Their live sets have included a cover version of The Clash's song, "Janie Jones" and The Vaselines' "Molly's Lips."

The band's second album, No Mundane Options, was released on 3 November 2008. The first single from the album, "Stand Down,"[4] was released on the Mama Bear Records label, on 4 August 2008.[5] It also included the single "What's The Point In Anything New."[6]

In December 2009, the band announced plans to release a new EP, The Lady Boy Tapes, which was released the following year.[7] It saw the band team up with Adam Green from The Moldy Peaches for the single "Lady Boy" which was accompanied by a low budget video featuring various places of interest in Hull including Boothferry Park, Humber Bridge and The Deep whilst brothers Lloyd and Grant drink in The Paddington's favourite pub Queens Hotel.[8]

After a five-year hiatus, The Paddingtons reunited to play Hull's flagship festival Humber Street Sesh Festival in 2014, and returned in 2018 to play a "wonderfully shambolic" set according to Jimi Arundell in Gigwise.[9]


Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 2004 - Bring Your Own Poison - The Rhythm Factory Sessions - (contributed an early version of the future album track - "Tommy's Disease").
  • 2006 - Back To The Bus[1]



  • 2010 - "The Lady Boy Tapes"[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Paddingtons | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  2. ^ "He's the coolest man on the planet, according to the NME. So who". The Independent. 21 November 2012. Archived from the original on 18 June 2022. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Love Ends Disaster! | Artist interviews, features, reviews and more". Clickmusic. Archived from the original on 24 October 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  4. ^ "The Paddingtons- Stand Down". YouTube. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  5. ^ "The Paddingtons". Myspace.com. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  6. ^ "The Paddingtons - Whats The Point In Anything New". YouTube. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  7. ^ a b "The Lady Boy Tapes EP - The Paddingtons | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Lady Boy - The Paddingtons feat. Adam Green". YouTube. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Humber Street Sesh 2018: 'A festival on the rise'". Gigwise. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  10. ^ "The Paddingtons | Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 January 2014.

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