‘strawbey’ is the moniker of Norwich born, 21-year-old indie-pop artist Ruben Pope. Having honed his signature, hazy synthpop sound, strawbey released his first EP, ‘Play Pretend’ in 2020, going on to amass circa 1million streams whilst commenting on the secrecy of the queer experience. Working alongside Josh Ager (Sam Fender, Holly Humberstone and Beabadoobee and more) the self-released EP quickly caught the attention of several Spotify editorial playlists such as “Spooky”, “Fresh Finds”, “Lo-fi Indie”, “Dream Pop” “Evening Indie” and “Rainbow” and helped secure festival slots including a triumphant return to Norwich at Wild Paths.

With the follow up to Play Pretend set usher in a bolder sound whilst further exploring the ways in which queer people put on a protective front, strawbey continues to cultivate a loyal fanbase with every passing day.