R51 formed in 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Self-produced, their debut EP "Pillow Talk" was championed by BBC Introducing's Across The Line, with the band performing at BBC stages at Reading and Leeds festivals in 2015. Pillow Talk went on to be critically acclaimed by Irish magazines and music blogs and saw R51 touring Ireland throughout 2015 & 2016, playing all major festivals in Northern Ireland, as well as performing underground clubs Germany and London.
They performed with Lonely The Brave on the Doc Marten's "Stand for Something" Tour 2015, also appearing at a sold-out Ulster Hall celebrating the 30th anniversary of BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland in 2016, which was broadcast live by the BBC. they performed with artists such as THERAPY, DIVINE COMEDY, VILLAGERS & SOAK. In October 2016 they also supported FEEDER at a sold-out show in their hometown.