With festival line-ups seeming to grow larger and larger, it can be easy to miss certain under the radar acts or artists making a comeback. These are our top picks that you simply have to see this festival season.
With the imminent release of his third LP, Noonday Dream, Ben Howard returns after a two-year hiatus. Having released three of the singles from the new LP, Howard marks his comeback with somewhat of a game-changing sound. Hazy, atmospheric guitar jaunts with stark, foreboding melodies make for some seriously pleasant listening. His live shows can only be described as a spectacle and are not to be missed this summer.
Although Ben Howard isn’t playing any UK festival slots, we suggest you check out Rock Werchter 2018 (don’t be frightened by the title, the line up is amazing) in Germany; 5th-8th July.
The young 22-year-old Geordie singer-songwriter has already accumulated a discography of tunes with meaning and quality far beyond his youth. Fender was named sound of 2018 by BBC New Music and promises to be a massive hit across the festivals he’s playing this summer. Expect punchy, energetic shows with plenty of Geordie attitude.
Be sure to see Sam Fender performer at Lattitude in Suffolk; 12th July – 15th July.
A festival lineup wouldn’t be complete without Swedish folk duo and sister act, First Aid Kit. Their southern sounding, tender tunes have the ability to lift spirits of any festival crowd, even in the biggest of British summertime downpours.
Catch First Aid Kit headline at Larmer Tree Festival in Salisbury; 19th-22nd July 2018.
Tom Misch is quite possibly one of the most exciting artists to be touring this summer. He almost entirely self-produced his debut album, ‘Geography’, and received critical acclaim for it. Geography has been described as a “pleasant, frictionless listen that benefits from his obvious chops” – Jonah Bromwich of Pitchfork. We’re pitching big things for Misch, so this could be your chance to see him at one of the more intimate stages, before inevitably moving onto the bigger ones.
Catch Tom Misch at East London’s coolest and brand-new All Points East; 25th May-3rd June 2018.
If you’re a fan of funky disco bangers, look no further. Although Nile Rodger’s is reaching a ripe young age of 65, he and his musical entourage are guaranteed to lay down some beats that are bound to get you bouncing. With a humongous back-catalog of 70s and 80s classics, Rodgers is inarguably one of our top must-see acts of 2018’s festival season. As a mastermind producer and song-writer that EVERYBODY has wanted to work with, you are certain to recognise many of his all-time classics such as “Le Freak”, “Good Times”, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”, David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” and so so SO many more. One thing is for certain this summer, seeing Chic live will be an experience like nothing ever experienced before.
You can catch Nile Rodgers and Chic play all over the UK this summer but we suggest you check them out at Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire; 2nd August-5th August.
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