AN up-and-coming Manchester pop trio will be launching their new EP from Warrington’s Pyramid Arts Centre this Friday.

Isla Rico is coming to Warrington off the back of the release of Naranjá and Mailblues, a pair of neon-filtered indie-pop singles.

The band says it is here with ‘an injection of Vitamin C, ripe and ready to carry you through to summer 2024’.

First formed in a homemade tiki bar in Manchester, the trio, made up of Callum Richards, Jasper Whitehead, and Harvey Rafferty, claim to be built on a ‘desire to transport their fans away from the drudgery of day-to-day Britain’.

On the new single Naranjá, the band said: “It’s a concept, a place in your mind, it’s what you crave.

"I’ve always thought of it as the orange glow on your eyes when you close them in the sun. And that feeling and wanting to rush and soak it in.

Warrington Guardian:

“To someone else Naranjá will be something different, and that’s its beauty.

“The song journeys through the grind of life and the scenarios and escapes you utilise, until the time you can escape and get your Naranjá.”

Appearing at the basement venue of the Pyramid Arts Centre, the event will be a launch of Eternal Optimist, a 5-track EP, the band’s first ever.

The EP will be released on the same day as the gig, with the trio playing every song from the EP – as well as ‘a selection of vibey tunes’.

The event will be unique for the band, with the Isla Rico Facebook page posting: “Our one-off night special; hangouts, drinks, after party and EVERY song from our first tracks to our entire new EP for the first time.”

As well as this, the indie-pop trio will be hosting a question and answer session, EP playback and a photo opportunity.

Whilst Naranjá’ and Mailblues are out now – the band have teased the name of a further three as of yet unreleased songs.

Indie-pop fans can expect the band to play songs such as It’s Been a Minute, Honey and Mine in the Morning.

The event comes after a summer packed with festivals for the trio, made up of members from Manchester, Milton Keynes, and Essex.

Isla Rico appeared at The Great Escape, and YNOT this past summer – and came to Warrington off the back of a performance at beloved Manchester music venue Deaf Institute.

Warrington Guardian: Isla Rico's front man with supporting act Ritch (right)Isla Rico's front man with supporting act Ritch (right) (Image: Isla Rico)

Pyramid will be the second of a group of three performances at north west venues this winter – with an upcoming final performance of the winter at Scruff Of The Neck’s Year’s End Festival, taking place at various venues across Manchester.

On their website the band says: “Isla Rico bring a fresh sound to the scene through their alternative story-telling lyricism, vibey instrumentals and big melody hooks.   

“They pride themselves on their live show and stage presence, turning the heat up to bring arena -esque shows to every performance.”  

Supporting Isla Rico will be RiTcH, a Warrington artist whose new song ‘Big Dream’ was released this week.

Tickets are available now at, with standard tickets for £10, and VIP tickets for £20.