3 Jul 2015

Ones to watch - the small artists that rocked Glastonbury

Just like every year, the biggest most influential stars of the music world stunned us all at this years Glastonbury Festival. I had an incredible time seeing countless acts that I may never get the opportunity to see again, but I also witnessed many acts that I believe are the stars of tomorrow. Here are a few of my highlights of artists who I believe will be higher up the bill in years to come.

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Seafret
Acoustic folk duo Seafret were the first act I saw of the festival playing Williams Green on Thursday night. Harry Draper on the guitar played calm acoustic melodies with singer Jack Sedman’s passionate vocals that sent shivers down my spine. They played emotional ballads “Give Me Something” and their single “Oceans”. Jack’s powerful vocals shone on the darker “Play With Guns” radiating tragedy. It was a goose bump inducing set and a great Glastonbury debut.
Seafret have released two EPs and have recently released their single “Be There”

Declan McKenna
At only 16 years of age, Declan McKenna is the winner of Glastonbury’s 2015 emerging talent competition and was awarded with a slot on the line-up. He held himself with confidence and an enthusiastic attitude, as well as having a slick fashion sense. His set consisted of a combination of tropical synths and the twang of guitar, with his delicate youthful voice. He stood out as innovative and something very refreshing. His unique feel-good style of music made him memorable. I’m excited to see how Declan’s distinctive work progresses and how he inevitably gains the recognition he deserves.
He’s just released his debut single “Brazil” available on 7” blue vinyl 

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Prides
With the release of their debut album approaching, Prides put on an energetic set with their electronic indie pop tracks on the John Peel stage Sunday afternoon.  They had a bold live presence encouraging the crowd to sing along and dance. The pounding drums in songs such as “Higher Love” and “The Seeds You Sow” made for an infectiously fun atmosphere. The combination of passionate vocals and fast paced rhythms made for a euphoric live performance that showcased their potential to take on bigger crowds in the future.
Their album The Way Back Up is released July 10th

Meadowlark
Performing on Sunday night on the BBC Introducing Stage, Medowlark provided toned down calm sounds to wind the festival to a close.  Their music is in a similar vein to that of Rae Morris with simplistic pure vocals that resonated with the audience. “Fly” combined the soft singing over an alt-J-esque drumbeat that made for a relaxing atmosphere. “I’ve Got You” was a perkier number with its upbeat folk rhythm making for something very light-hearted, in a style comparable to Gabrielle Aplin or Of Monsters And Men. I can see their beautiful music becoming more popular in the near future.
Meadowlark recently released their second EP entitled Dual.



(WRITTEN BY KIERAN RAZA)