Thursday 14 June

At first glance, the combination of music veterans Nico Brandsen (keyboards) and Ton Dijkman (drums) with young singer Melanie “Mell” Jonk may have seemed a bit… well, illogical. But as soon as they released their 2016 debut single, Call My Name, it all made perfect sense. Back then Mell was a mere 22 years of age, but her voice was, and is, a lot more mature and seemingly made to sing bluesy notes. The trio is a favourite among radio DJs and audiences alike, having released three albums so far. The band was featured in prominent Dutch TV shows and lately, Mell made even more of a name for herself in Beste Zangers (‘Best Singers’). Due to illness, Brandsen had to pull out of the band, and has unfortunately passed away since.