Reading and Leeds Festival: Ones to Watch

From the highest points of Reading and Leeds, the looming framework of the festival stages are finally starting to take shape. Campsites are being prepped and gallons of overpriced warm, stale beer are being rolled into grotty bars. First aiders and poor downtrodden volunteers are armed with their plasters, scissors and water in preparation for drunken stupidity and the inevitable taping of a young male to a telephone pole. If you’ve ever been to Reading or Leeds, you know that the prodigious atmospheric buzz is enough to elastically spring you back into coming year after year. Here’s who were most excited to see this year…


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Green Man Festival: Ones to Watch

Never has a festival felt more like a microcosm of brilliant music and serene settings – Green Man Festival, based in the valleys amidst the mountains of the beautiful Brecon Beacons, is like a secret garden of passageways and mazes of trees between each stage, that invites you to get lost in the warm atmosphere. Before we make the long trip to this angelic neverland, we can only wish for sunshine, and invite you to read our favourites for the weekend. Alongside the likes of James Blake, Belle & Sebastian and Wild Beasts, the array of woodland stages this year host a line up like nothing else, with some of the best acts of the past years gracing Wales with their wonders.


Oh Peas!

Since the wonderful 2014 release of Shades Of Intolerance, Oh Peas! have been stringing us along with an array of releases, and Rosie Smith has been across the country playing alternative sad-pop songs to many an excited crowd. With odd-but-brilliantly-witty lyrics, layers of rosy punk guitars and plenty of wacky ideas, Oh Peas! will put on a captivating show on the Rising Stage.


Cate Le Bon

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Cate Le Bon is no stranger to Green Man Festival, nor to Wales at all, but her intriguing sound, distinctive vocals, and the wonders of this year’s Crab LP, all make for a brilliant show. With joyful pop songs filled with intertwines of trashy guitars and sticky rhythms, Cate Le Bon’s diverse back catalogue is played with a glittering energy that can’t be matched.


Ezra Furman

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Hot on the back of the release of his new EP Big Fugitive Life, Ezra Furman is known for his intense and brilliant live performance, that will surely be lifted further with his latest music. With self asserted rock’n’roll-pop songs galore, and hints of garage rock in between, Ezra Furman & The Boyfriend’s compelling nature will put on a show that shouldn’t be missed.


BC Camplight

The cool and lingering vocals of Brian Christinzio will this year drift across the Walled Garden, and on the back of his 2015 psych pop gem How To Die In the North, BC Camplight merges fun songwriting with eccentric melodies and a hint of neo-psych.


Julia Holter

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Following her rise in fame following the beauty and wonder of her 2015 album Have You In My Wilderness, filled from beginning to end with haunting lyrics, complex orchestral arrangements, and cool vocals, Julia Holter returns to Green Man after playing in 2013. Her eerie-yet-compelling sound, is sure to silence crowds and make for an incredible performance on the Sunday afternoon.


You can listen to Spillers Records’ playlist below.


Tune into Fresh Juice’s Green Man Special tonight at 7pm to hear all our picks.


Olive Richardson

Ones to Watch: Festival Internacional de Benicàssim

It’s that time of year again when music enthusiasts alike start feeling sincerely sorry for themselves – festival season. Spanish paradisaical festival Benicàssim is speedily approaching this week, and is certainly no exception to the unwavering slump of people who cannot go. Spawning an assortment of genres and palates this year, the festival, as always has snagged some of the finest musicians around.

So whether you’ll be perspiring like a pig in 30°C heat watching (or unfortunately watching the acts on BBC iPlayer) here’s who we’re most looking forward to seeing this year…
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Ones to Watch: The Japanese House

The Japanese House aka Londoner Amber Bain, primarily inspired oodles of interest concerning her elusive music last year. Remarkably, Bain is refreshingly and moderately untouched by the internet – owing to her unique and intangible identity. The obscurity of The Japanese House together with Bain’s escalating SoundCloud listeners; helped establish her into a world in which she has her own distinctive, individual brand. Bain is now on tour with indie giants The 1975 around the UK, and her song Still was even Zane Lowe’s last ever hottest record.  Continue reading “Ones to Watch: The Japanese House”