Who we are

Helena King: Vocals/Violin

Simon Hempenstall: Guitar/Sax/BVs/Bass

Ian Mainwaring: Keys/Guitar

Jack Wolvey: Drums 

with backing vocals from Shauna Booker and Nick Davies on bass


Formed by Helena and Simon who met at a mutual friends party, London based Periscope View got together early in 2014 creating indie rock music, but in May 2014 the line up changed as the bass player left, so Ian took over and re-wrote these parts on the keys, adding another unique element to the music.

By June 2014, Periscope View had found their new sound, and have drawn comparisons to artists such as Morcheeba, Portishead, London Grammar, Sneaker Pimps, The XX and Sigur Rós.


A couple of months later, Periscope View were spotted by industry podcast Chartburst and featured as one to watch.


After a year showcasing their sounds and working hard to create original, interesting and thoughtful songs alongside energetic performances, Summer 2015 brought the much anticipated release of The Grays Grown EP recorded at OneCat Studios, produced and mastered by Del Sajiwandani aka DJ Sonic.


The Grays Grown EP gave Periscope View the right attention from LoudUp and Tom Robinson and led to all manner of exciting gigs from festivals, community events and venues. 


Periscope View recorded their second EP Photographs, with Steve Honest in Hackney, which was released in January 2016. Crossing diverse styles and genres, this new body of work crosses diverse styles and genres, showcasing the bands strong, unapologetic musical identity forged from the unique harmony between organic and processed sounds.


The songwriting is the bands strongest to date with production that allows the individual musicians talents to shine. 

Live dates

Upcoming Gigs


27th January 2016: Proud Camden, London

24th February 2016: Rose Bruford University, Sidcup

31st March 2016: 229 The Venue, London



Past Gigs 




26th June 2014: The Fiddlers Elbow, London

16th July 2014: The Comedy, London

9th August 2014: Zigfrid Von Underbelly, London

26th August 2014: Zigfrid von Underbelly, London

5th September 2014: Supporting Strangefruit at

Sebright Arms, London

27th September 2014: The Tower Tavern, London

3rd October 2014: Tooting Tram and Social, London 




7th February 2015: 229 The Venue, London

4th March 2015: Supporting Kids on Bridges at The Barfly, London

14th March 2015: Zigfrid Von Underbelly, London

1st May 2015: Sebright Arms, London

23rd May 2015: Cody Dock, London

30th May 2015: Luna Lounge, London

3rd June 2015: Supporting Kids on Bridges at The Garage, London

6th June 2015: VannFest, Ockley

20th June 2015: King Edward VII, London

9th July 2015: Supporting The Flatmates at Sebright Arms, London

15th July 2015: The Grays Grown EP Launch at The Workshop, London 

18th July 2015: Southlands Live, West Drayton

6th August 2015: End Of The Trail showcase at The Amersham Arms, New Cross

7th-9th August 2015: Northbound Festival, Cumbria

11th August 2015: Periscope View 'Give A Gig' for Youth Music at Panarmonium, Kings Cross

15th August 2015: Live interview and performances on Croydon Radio

20th August 2015: The Islington, London

28th August 2015: Under The A13, London

30th August 2015: Canning Town Caravanserai, London

27th September 2015: Bigfest, Uxbridge

29th September 2015: The Macbeth, London

2nd October 2015: The Sound Lounge, Merton Abbey Mills

24th November 2015: The Good Ship, Kilburn

5th December 2015: Camden Image Gallery 2nd Birthday Party, Camden 


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We'd like to thank the very talented Sarah Clough for our beautiful branding and Rach Williams Photography for The Grays Grown EP and Photographs EP cover photos.

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