Bestival is fast approaching, and Vada will be attending to experience the weird and wonderful event first hand. The organisers are offering up a stellar line up for the festival’s 10th anniversary celebrations. I have picked five of these acts I am particularly excited about and would recommend you go and see if you’re lucky enough to have tickets.
1. James Blake
Blake followed up his critically acclaimed debut this year with the matured Overgrown. It is a practically flawless album and sees Blake experiment further with a darker and more experimental sound, the likes of ‘Retrogade’ and ‘Digital Lion’ are going to suit the fractured and trippy atmosphere of the Bestival site. Expect hair raising synth over a dusky field.
I caught a portion of Lissie’s live set at V fest this year and her passion is unquestionable. She simply loves what she does and this affection is infectious. On the eve of a new album, tracks such as ‘Further Away’ are going to sound beautiful in the hopeful sunshine.
3. London Grammar
My personal tip for 2014, the talented trio have the emotional songwriting of the xx paired with the powerful vocal of Florence Welch. A formidable combination and a truly exciting emerging British band.
4. Jessie Ware
Jessie has had a pretty fantastic year, with her debut album, Devotion, hitting the top five and spawning a large selection of cult hits. The Bestival crowd should adore this unusual performer.
5. Crystal Fighters
The Spanish alternative dance band rarely perform in the UK so I am really keen to catch their set. They now have two impressive albums to build a summer drenched setlist from, which will include the infectious ‘Plage’ and ‘At Home’.