“LIO’s music is best described as enchanting. Lead-singer Leonie pulls you in with her intoxicating vocals and firmly keeps you in her grasp until the very last song. I’m not a religious person but watching them perform their ambient, mellow indie-pop is almost spiritual.” - Tipping Point UK
Netherlands-born, Sheffield-based LIO creates ambient alt-pop FFO Florence and the Machine. With her eclectic sound and powerful live performances, she has supported high-profile acts such as Orchards, Skinny Pelembe, Slow Club, Our Girl and While She Sleeps.
After having been shortlisted in BBC Introducing Sheffield’s ‘Top 50 Tracks of 2018’ and Unsigned Guide’s ‘Spotlight Artists January 2019’, she has enjoyed multiple festival appearances (Tramlines, Liverpool Sound City, Long Division, Y Not Festival), radio play (Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing) and support from Higher Rhythm in collaboration with PRSF Open Fund, Help Musicians UK and Arts Council.
It’s safe to agree with BBC Introducing Sheffield that LIO has had an incredible 2019. From a Tramlines Festival debut on T’Other Stage to a second sold-out Sheffield headliner at Record Junkee in November and an LA Music Video Awards ‘Best Dance Video’ Nomination for ‘Growing Pains’. ‘Burn’, LIO’s third single, was furthermore included in the BBC Introducing Hot List as one of 21 fresh new artists to be discovered and the BBC Introducing Sheffield’s Top 50 Tracks of 2019.
2020 will see the release of LIO's debut EP, recorded at Steel City Studio and supported by Help Musicians UK's Do It Differently Fund.
Vocals & Guitar / Leonie Sloots // Keys & Synth / Jordan O'Shea // Lead Guitar / Jonathan Wright // Drums / Richard Blakey
FFO: Florence and the Machine, Daughter, Stevie Parker, Nothing But Thieves
"The only thing as good as LIO’s music on record is LIO’s music live. LIO has had an incredible year and justifiably so, 'Burn' is stunning." - BBC Introducing Sheffield
“UK-based, Dutch musician LIO is one of Holland’s most intriguing new singer-songwriters, having carved a reputation for herself as someone who is able to capture the pure essence of human emotion within her music.” - All Things Loud
“Ranging from ambient soundscapes to mellow indie and everything in between, their set was a very welcome breather. One thing that cannot go understated is LIO’s voice. She manages to belt her heart out while having it blend perfectly with the moody ambience of the music. It’s pretty impressive.” - KYCKER
“LIO delivers powerful vocal melodies, gracious, intelligent lyrics and has a talent for writing thoughtful and meaningful tunes that are relatable and admirable in equal measure.” - English Rain
“Growing Pains is probably my favourite track that I've heard from her yet. And that's saying something, because she makes some incredible music.” - BBC Introducing Sheffield