Pumarosa

Alternative London five piece Pumarosa appeared at the start of the year with debut track ‘Priestess’. Produced by Dan Carey, it sounded like pop music simultaneously from the past and present. Impressing a variety of tastemakers and selling out a number of headline shows in London despite having only released two official tracks, this band are on a startlingly rapid rise so catch their goth/new wave sounds at Henham now.

Saturday 16th July – Sunrise Arena

Highasakite

In terms of commerciality, Highasakite are Norway’s equivalent of Adele. Their debut album ‘Silent Treatment’ is still present in the top 40 and they have recently released an acclaimed follow up ‘Camp Echo’. It is a nine track collection of pulsating, anthemic pop tackling a variety of severe subjects with an effortless sheen. This is Scandinavian export of the very highest order.

Sunday 17th July – Sunrise Arena

WHITE

The band called White had potentially sabotaged their career with an entirely ungoogle-able band name yet fortunately they make music so good it is impossible not to search it out and immediately become obsessed. 2016 single ‘Living Fiction’ is part Smiths, a Wolf Alice riff or two and a frisson of Franz Ferdinand swagger for good measure. These guys are undoubtedly going to be a major highlight of the DIY Magazine curated Alcove Stage.

Saturday 16th July – Alcove Stage

Christine & The Queens

Parisian native Héloïse Letissier a.k.a Christine & The queens has captivated the UK in recent months with her spell binding, salacious pop music. She is an enthralling artist combining dance and theatrics into her live performance pushing the boundaries of what it is to be a pop star in 2016. The recently translated ‘Chaleur Humaine’ has an abundance of bass heavy synth pop gems such as ‘Narcissus Is Back’ and ‘Science Fiction’ to keep the mammoth crowds entertained while her unexpected breakout hit ‘Titled’ is likely to a highlight of the weekend.

Friday 15th July – BBC Radio 6 Music Stage

The Maccabees

London based guitar goliaths The Maccabees have been steadily rising through the ranks since their debut album was released back in 2006. They were a criminally underrated act for a very long time yet have always commanded a cult following and now their committed approach and faultless discography has paid off in form of their first major UK headline slot. Expect a joyous, triumphant performance from the Elephant & Castle lads.

Friday 15th July – Obelisk Arena 

Perfume Genius

An artist who understands the necessity of theatre and dramatics within music, Mike Hadreas crafted a stunning debut release last year entitled ‘Too Bright’. Stand out tracks including ‘Queen’ and ‘My Body’ are sure to act as sonar beacons drawing crowds into the 6Music Tent to behold what I’m assured will be a perplexing show. He is also billed just before Christine & her queens so a live collaboration of ‘Jonathon’ would be incredibly special.

Friday 15th July – BBC Radio 6 Music Stage

Grimes

Perhaps the toughest clash of the weekend, Canadian cult sensation Grimes will be topping the 6Music Stage on the Friday night pairing off against this year’s success story The Maccabees. Having previously seen her ‘Acid Reign’ tour it feels perfectly designed to pack out a euphorically manic Friday evening. Off-centre bangers such as ‘Flesh Without Blood’ and ‘Venus Fly’ will permeate the festival grounds and beckon the weird and wonderful to Claire Boucher’s blood rave.

Friday 15th July – BBC Radio 6 Music Stage

Clean Cut Kid

Headlining the Huw Stevens curated Lake Stage, the Liverpool pop maestros are sure to follow in the footsteps of past performers including Alt J, Of Monsters and Men, Prides and Rae Morris. They have been steadily working their way up line-ups thanks to their commitment to live performance, relentlessly touring the UK since the beginning of this year. Their formulaic and individual approach to off centre pop music is proving faultless, ‘Vitamin C’ and ‘Pick Me Up’ assured to sound joyous across Henham Park.

Sunday 17th July – The Lake Stage

9   Let’s Eat Grandma

Childhood friends Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth recently released one of the year’s most anticipated albums as Let’s Eat Grandma partially due to the intense curiosity surrounding this musical venture. A sound allegedly impossible to define and a performances style that spans the genres of phttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eodb91dbTwrogressive, math rock and post punk, the pair of musicians have been causing a storm on the blogosphere. Now they will be bringing the wonderfully complex and startlingly unique ‘I, Gemini’ to the Sunrise Arena this Friday.

Friday 15th July – Sunrise Arena

10            John Grant

‘Grey Tickles & Black Pressures’ was one of our favourite albums released in 2015 and following a recently acclaimed run of live dates in the UK including a stop at London’s Royal Albert Hall, John Grant is at the top of his game. His latest long player is a demonstration of eccentricity and variation as he delivers off centre disco in the form of ‘Disappointing’ and crude storytelling ‘Slug Slacks’. It’s a timeless album that we cannot wait to see it brought to life in the Obelisk.

Saturday 16th July – Obelisk Arena