With just under a week to go till one of the UK’s best free music festivals, headlined by Mallory Knox and Lewis Watson, you can bet your bottom dollar that a handful of the line-up will popping up all over the music radars in 2014. You’ve only got to look at last year’s headliner Bastille, and Cheltenham band Young Kato who had their first Radio 1 airplay this week, to know that the festival’s bill bookers know what they’re talking about when it comes to talent. Welcoming back DIY Magazine as their associated partner, Underground Festival have brought on board Killing Moon, Cub Clothing and LAB Records to host stages across the weekend and are bringing along some of their finest acts.
Highlights across the weekend, that I’m looking forward to checking out are:
Playing the mainstage on Saturday night, not only do these London lads create brilliantly creative music video, but their sound punches with 80s influences with thanks to the synths and main man Phil’s Bowie vocal tinge.
Emotionally epic with a haunting undertone I’m hoping for dry ice on stage with their performance on Saturday. Some have likened them to Arcade Fire, which is never a bad thing.
Signed to LAB Records I love their eerie references in the intros of their tracks and the lead singer Beccar can certainly belt out a modern day rock ballad like a British Paramore.
Supporting Mallory Knox on tour, South West band Crooks will be testing the alternative/hardcore waters on Sunday.
See the full-line up for the Underground Festival at Gloucester Guildhall here. Interviews to follow.