Harkin

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Leeds-born Katie Harkin has maintained a prominent position within the UK music scene since forming Sky Larkin in 2005. The band, which Harkin fronted and wrote for, went on to sign to acclaimed UK independent record label Wichita Recordings, with whom they released three full-length albums: 2009's The Golden Spike, 2010's Kaleide and 2013's Motto.

The latter was written largely while Harkin was on tour with critically-acclaimed UK rock band Wild Beasts, during which time she contributed live guitar, keyboard, samples and backing vocals. This period of touring saw Harkin perform in 28 countries over the course of 18 months, and included headline sets at Latitude Festival and Glastonbury's Park Stage, as well as a live session on Later With Jools Holland, the BBC's flagship live music television show.

Harkin's reputation has also seen her being invited to contribute to a number of music publications, including Vice and the NME, who featured her as one of six prominent media figures to take part in their annual Christmas Singles Review Panel in 2013. She also became the first musician to perform at her hometown's newly opened Leeds Arena in 2013, a performance which was broadcast across local news channels and print media.

Harkin has also lent her abilities to a number of other artists in the form of a series of remixes, and has performed on records by Patrick Wolf (2011's Lupercalia) and Living Body (the forthcoming Body Is Working).

From April 2015 onwards, Harkin performed as part of cult US band Sleater-Kinney, following their return to the live stage after a decade-long hiatus. Harkin performed guitar, keyboards and percussion on the band's No Cities To Love album tour, with highlights including a headline set at Sydney Opera House, live television shows for David Letterman in the USA and Later With Jools Holland in the UK and a headline set at the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago.

While she has continued to perform with Sleater-Kinney throughout 2016, Harlin has also been writing and performing solo material, with highlights including favourable reviews from the likes of Noisey and DIY, support slots alongside Television and Warpaint and a full European tour with New York musician Torres.