With festival season in full swing, we’ve created a playlist of some of the best up and coming artists that you should see at Bestival 2018.
IDLES – Castle Stage:
IDLES are a post-punk band from Bristol. Their music is fast, and melodic, with songs about politics and a collapsing society. They’ve released a debut album, Brutalism, which encapsulates this anger in a minimalistic fashion, with lyrics that reflect a crumbling society. Listen to their bruising track ‘Mother’ here.
John Fairhurst – Caravanserai:
Influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, John Fairhurst brings his gravelly take on blues to Bestival this weekend. Having earned a reputation for constantly touring, his unusual vocal style has gained comparisons with Captain Beefheart and Tom Waits. He has played in an eclectic range of places including Panama, Belguim, and the Netherlands, while his music has been featured on a number of television shows including Panorama and The Commonwealth Games. Listen
Biig Piig – Bollywood:
Irish singer-songwriter Jess “Biig Piig” Smyth has been writing and performing since she was 14 years old, writing soulful music which celebrates the mundanity of everyday life. Listen to her track, ‘Vice City’ here.
The Xcerts – House of Vans Stage
The Xcerts, a rock band hailing from Scotland, are riding high on the crest of a wave. They write massive stadium-sized anthems to pump your fist to and released their latest album, ‘Hold On To Your Heart’ to critical acclaim. Their songs are easy to digest, putting the band firmly on the road to bigger things. Listen to ‘Feels Like Falling in Love’ here.
Rudimental (DJ Set) – Temple
Rudimental are bringing their DJ set to Bestival this year and are sure to bring a stage show that will match their eclectic influences. Brought up on everything from grime to blues, their 2013 album ‘Home’ featured an array of guests including John Newman and Ella Eyre. This mix is a template for their genre-bending sound. Listen to ‘Waiting All Night’ featuring Ella Eyre here.
Darkzy – Temple
At just 20 years of age, Darkzy, hailing from Nottingham has crafted some of the biggest bassline bangers thanks to a unique, low-frequency wobble. His influences range from UK Garage to Drum n’ bass, making for an eclectic bouncy sound that will surely stir things up on Sunday night. Listen to his track ‘Gun Fingers VIP’ here.
Words by Ermis Madikopoulos