10 Jun 2014

Pre-Summer Predictions...

Festival season is almost upon us and I personally cannot wait for the copious amounts of mud, face-paint and the small percentage of horrendously dressed individuals I always seem to stumble across. (Last year, I met a man in nothing but a red leather thong.) I am going to Latitude Festival and Reading Festival this year which adds together to make a pretty sizeable range of musical styles, genres and artists who I will hopefully be seeing live. They range from Slowdive, War on Drugs, Damon Alburn, Booker T. & The MG's, Hall and Oats, Tame Impala and Haim at Latitude, to Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182, Palma Violets, Drenge, Alunageorge, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Wolf Alice at Reading. Overall, I cannot wait for festival season. What I love to see, is which artists have the potential to create the 'soundtrack to the summer' by continually impressing drunken audiences, because their music is just what you need to grace your ears when that seventh shot of tequila won't go down so easy. The bands that own summer tend to be fun, funky and fresh bands that don't make you want to kill yourself (or others) and just get you in the mood to dance. These are my predictions for bands and songs that will rule the festival season with their summertime sass.

Scenery at Latitude Festival   

Another indie band with great hair and an awesome twitter account, Catfish and the Bottlemen are named after an Australian man who plays the bottles as his instrument on the streets – named Catfish the Bottleman. Their 5 singles (Homesick, Rango, Pacifier, Kathleen and the most recent, Fallout) are full of funky riffs, dance beats and relatable lyrics that when all layered together, create a mash-up of summertime excellence that is going to get crowds all over the world dancing. Expect lots of crowd pleasing antics from front-man Van Mc Cann.

SEE THEM AT: Bonaroo Festival, Best Kept Secret Festival, Barn on the Farm Fest, X & Y Festival, Ibiza/Mallorca Rocks, Wakestock, T in the Park, Truck Fest, Latitude, Reading and Leeds and about 20 others! (Check out their shows list here)

Throwback to 2013 when Peace had just released their debut album 'In Love,' and were on course to owning the summer and in my eyes, they definitely succeeded. 
Whether their next album will have the same impact, or whether it will even be out in time to be classed as a summer soundtrack, Peace are just one of those bands you can't help but sing and dance along to. New tracks Money and World Pleasure have displayed this bands new found diversity and give them an edge over a lot of other similar bands. With a prestigious slot on the Saturday main stage at Reading Festival alongside Jake Bugg, Foster the People and Arctic Monkeys, Peace are once again set to own the crowds. Harrison Koisser is known for his eclectic dress sense, but i'm sure one of his famous fur coats won't be making an appearance, however, one can only hope the famous white boiler suit and sparkly shirts may be a part of this years festival attire for the eccentric front-man.

CATCH THEM AT: Isle of Wight, Truck Fest, Reading and Leeds, Boardmasters, Mallorca Rocks and Standon Calling.

One of my favourite up-and-coming bands at the moment, I have had the pleasure of seeing them live on five seperate occasions, one being Latitude last year, so I know just how well this band perform in a festival setting. The newly released 'Creature Songs EP' tied in with previous EP 'Blush' and all their previous singles, give this band an impressive discography that continues to gain listeners from around the world. The anticipation of their debut album has been slightly dampened through the release of Creature Songs, but no matter what, Wolf Alice will always show off just how good they really are to the ever-growing crowds.

CATCH THEM AT: Reading and Leeds, Glastonbury, Blissfields, End of the Road and British Summertime. 

In a similar boat to Peace, Palma Violets' debut album '180' was released just in time for Summer 2013 and after playing a mass of festivals including a phenomenal set at Reading and Leeds, their listeners only grew and grew. Palma Violets have been teasing their fans with new releases since their November tour when they tested out new song 'Scandal.' As of now, no new songs have been released but with a headline slot at Reading and numerous amounts of international festivals, we can only hope that their next single/album will be announced soon and if it is, this high-energy band full to bursting with talent will be set to make a fantastic impression on Summer 2014.

CATCH THEM AT: Reading and Leeds, Low Festival, Grape Festival and Sziget Fest.

A little different to what I would normally listen to, Saint Raymond are more poppy, dancy and well quite frankly happier than my regular musical choices, but I saw this band when they toured with Haim in March, and I do not remember ever enjoying a support band as much as I did. Saint Raymond channel 'pop' but without resorting to trashy synths or heavily edited vocals like a lot of 'pop Music' around today. They combine indie with pop, and the result is one big vibe fest that just makes you want to dance and sing along. The band is made up of two guitarists, (one also being the lead singer, Callum) a bassist and a drummer. A definite must see for any festival-goer. Saint Raymond make exactly the sort of music you want to listen to while drinking overpriced cider in a muddy field, and I mean that in the best possible way.

CATCH THEM AT: Truck Festival, Standon Calling, Reading and Leeds, Kendal Calling and Boardmasters.


Foster the People's second album 'Supermodel' has the summeriest feel to an album I have heard in a long time. Stand out tracks include Are You What You Want To Be? and Best Friend. The American trio who had a huge hit with Pumped Up Kicks in 2009, have continued to tour and improve, all leading up to this release which has absolute potential to be huge. I was lucky enough to see them at Latitude in 2009 and  although I had only heard one or two songs, they just screamed potential, and they have most definitely lived up to the expectation. Their first album did not have the diversity that 'Supermodel' does, and it really shows the massive improvements they have made.  With a Reading main-stage set lined up for August and a slot at Glastonbury, expect nothing but summertime vibes and a good time from this ever-improving band.

CATCH THEM AT: Glasto, Open'er, Optimus Alive, Lollapalooza and Reading and Leeds.

After the annoucement of their debut album 'Be Slowly' to be released in September 2014, JAWS have really worked on getting their name out there. The new release, Think Too Much, Feel Too Little twinned with the surpise release of the album title track Be Slowly make it clear that this Birmingham quartet are channeling summery vibes. Think Too Much shows off the chilled out, surfer side of this band, where as Be Slowly just makes you want to dance, making it the perfect festival tune. Even though their album won't be released until after the summer, JAWS have an impressive discography full to bursting with summertime classics. 

CATCH THEM AT: Boardmasters and Beacons Festival.

A relatively new discovery, Coasts have the potential to be one of this summer's hottest new bands. Already receiving plays on Radio 1 and programmes such as Made In Chelsea, this band scream summer. Recently released EP 'Oceans' is four tracks of sun-crafted bliss. They are gaining more and more popularity and are very close to playing their sold-out headline show at Dingwalls in London. Although this band are at this point only playing one festival this year, they are just finishing a UK tour and are rumoured to be planning another tour for September of this year after completing their festival season. Expect great things for this band.

CATCH THEM AT: Bingley Music Festival.

A personal favourite album release of this year, the fourth studio album from Bombay Bicycle Club, 'So Long, See You Tomorrow,' is one that shows off the sheer talent and musical diversity of this band. Stand out tracks include Luna, Carry Me, Home by Now and Feel. With a before-the-headliner slot at Latitude and a headline slot at Reading and Leeds, this band are just growing and growing. The new album only backs up how fantastic Bombay Bicycle Club have become, and I for one cannot wait to see them live again because previous gigs have been the most high-energy, feel good gigs I have ever had the pleasure of attending. 

CATCH THEM AT: Reading and Leeds, Latitude and T in the Park.

An old favourite making an appearance. They are only playing one festival, in the Friday night headline slot at Latitude Festival. Ok, the last thing they released was the 'Changing of the Seasons EP' but even that which was released way back in September 2013 was channeling the fun-in-the-sun vibes that this band seem to be known for. The perfect band to kick off what assures to be a phenomenal weekend. Hopefully TDCC have something new planned, a new album? another EP? Who knows! But what we do know, is it's sure to be full of feel good tracks that will make you want to party. 

CATCH THEM AT: Latitude Festival.

-Written By Poppy Marriott