A festival, during Autumn, by the seaside sounds like a recipe for a miserable weekend, but try telling that to the organisers of Margate’s ‘By the Sea Festival’.
Returning for a third year, the festival keeps going from strength to strength and this year offers impressive depth, (with acts ranging from the Libertines, to the Rhythm Method) across several stages throughout the town
Friday headliners are Manchester art rockers Everything Everything who have just released a critically acclaimed fourth album ‘A Fever Dream’ and embarked on a sellout UK tour. Supporting them at the Hall by the Sea are rock veterans British Sea Power; expect career spanning hits as well as tracks from their latest album ‘Let the Dancers Inherit the Party’, and Dutch Uncles; who released their fifth album and played their first Glastonbury earlier this year.
Below you can see Dutch Uncles in a recent Quay Session:
Saturday is by far the busiest day of the festival. Devon electro allstars Metronomy headline the Hall by the Sea after the crowd has been warmed up by the nu-folk of Marika Hackman and the scuzzy indie rock of Shame.
Elsewhere on the Saturday, the Roller Disco is set to have some subversive shock rock with HMLTD performing. The band; a mixture of Cruella de Vil and vaudeville as arthouse meets grindhouse via Grindr, have been making tsunamis throughout 2017. They perfectly contrast the out of kilter, world weary pop of Girlray and the out of head, world music of Flamingods. Finally, on the Saturday the Draft House houses some ecclectic tastes; from the synth infused space jams of Scotti Brains, to the slowcored folk of Jen Cloher.
The act everyone will be talking about will close the festival on Sunday 1st October at the main hall of Margate Winter Gardens. The Libertines are already well known to the residents of Margate after it was reported that they hope to open a studio-come-nightclub at the Palm Court Hotel. In terms of music, the punk stalwarts continue to receive the appreciation of fans and critics alike as they continue their ‘Tiddeley Om Pom Pom Tour’ of British Seaside towns. Supporting them are Indie poppers Blaenarvon who earlier this year released their debut album ‘That’s Your Lot’.
Blaenavon with their latest single ‘Prague ‘99’:
The Margate Winter Gardens also plays host to Dream Wife, whose razor sharp pop tunes and fiery punk attitude as explored on such hits as ‘Fire’ and ‘Somebody’ is set to make them a live favourite. Also there is the seventies entrenched swamp psych of GANG; a band who continue their rise to stratospheric stardom following the release of their debut LP – 925 ‘Til I Die’ and supporting LA psych juggernauts Wand in recent years. On Sunday the Draft House also plays host to The Rhythm Method; a band who’s combination of sparkling synths and straightalking simplicity will make you laugh and dance at the same time. They are joined with retro punks Trudy and the Romance; a band who sound like if Alex Turner combined the music of The Last Shadow Puppets with the ferocity of early Arctic Monkeys.
‘By the Sea’ also boasts an impressive line up of DJs with their ‘Dodgems DJs’. Johan the Very Best and Creep Club both play on the Friday, while on Saturday Rebecca Taylor of Slow Club and DEEDS take to the decks. The Dreamland Theme Park also has a number of traditional seaside rides, open all day for you to enjoy. There are also impressive food and drink stalls throughout the town and be sure to check out Cliff’s on Northdown Road – the owner Ed is a one of the UK best live lighting techs and he’s roped in some of his musician friends to DJ with your coffee.
By the Sea Festival is set to be a fanastic weekend to soak in the last sun and sounds of summer, further details can be found here.