Time seems to be flying by now festival season has well and truly kicked off and it won’t be long now until people head down to Barn on the Farm festival, which this year has truly outdone itself in terms of musical talent. We’ve whittled down the lineup to recommend ten acts that you should 100% not miss, but, be sure that this was no easy feat.
Since the release of his Physics EP last year, Jordan Mackampa has become the go-to act for rich, soulful, emotive music in the new music realm. His lyrical work is nothing short of poetic, this Coventry man has the power to fill you with joy and break your heart in no more than three minutes.
Hailing from the realms of Devon, Tors have had quite the start within the music industry, having written music for E4’s Skins (which we all know had a banging soundtrack!) They’ve been around quite a lot of the globe with their songwriting talents before they were persuaded to start a band of their own. Aiming to “blend soaring vocals, hooky melodies and story driven lyrics” their music is both full of energy and as catchy as can be.
Hertford’s Ethan Barnett AKA Ten Tonnes has bagged himself slots at many a festival this year and there’s plenty of reason as to why. His catalogue of delectable EP’s, including his most recent Born To Lose EP, featuring tracks produced by Hugo White of The Maccabees, is rhythmic, infectious and a whole lot of fun.
At just 18 years of age, Liv Dawson has already made quite the impression with her powerful vocals. Creating soulful music with elements of electronica and R’n’B, there’s literally a Liv Dawson track for every mood. Recently teaming up with the electronic wonders Disclosure for track ‘Searching’ and with a sold out London Omeara show under her belt, things are definitely heading skyward for Dawson.
Bath’s Bad Sounds, safe with the knowledge that they have a fan in Annie Mac, have been pleasing ears all over the country with their combined sound of 70’s grooves, 90’s vocal stylings and hints of 80’s melodies. Sounds like a winning mix, no? Find out for yourself down on the farm.
One of the many excellent Pop acts to come through from Norway is Dagny. Breaking through in a pretty massive way last year with the complete anthem ‘Backbeat’ and since releasing her debut EP Ultraviolet, which by the way is full of equally as infectious bops. New track ‘Wearing Nothing’ has reminded us of all of that and reinstalled the knowledge that we’re all gonna have a wild time dancing along to Dagny at festivals this year.
This Scottish duo have been making alternative indie pop, with the power and energy of a rock band for quite some time now… and they’re not looking to slow down anytime soon. Transforming from a trio to a duo, so their former band mate can focus on producing, they trampled that potential hurdle and now seem to just be getting better and better.
Combining music and style, with their powerfully retro, Tarantino-Esq sounds. Black Honey are fresh off a tour supporting the massive Royal Blood and ready to hit the festival circuit running. After something to boost your energy and get your blood pumping – a Black Honey set is just what you’re after.
The Magic Gang
Harmonies. That’s the fundamentals of this Brighton band. Don’t underestimate their power either; you’ll be blown away by the beautiful harmonic sounds of these guys, come and have a sway, a dance and a sing-along with this wonders.
The Japanese House
With a brand new EP set for release on the 27th June and two tasters that have us willing the time to go faster until then, The Japanese House takes a somewhat simple, delicate sound and fills it up until it’s something wonderfully sparse. If you don’t listen to our advice here, you’ll 100% regret it.
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