14:30 - SHOALS
Shoals are a Reading-based four piece, brought together by a love for classic indie and Motown sounds, apparent in the delicate and beautiful guitar melodies and vocal harmonies. No strangers to the stage, after some time away they are back to bring some brand new songs along with some classic back catalogue material.
After a two-year hiatus, Shoals return to the stage again with a renewed energy and maturity, notably evident in their playing and songwriting. The successful formula of Biggins and Davies complimentary guitar and vocal work is supported by the steady and creative backline of Brown on bass and Derham on drums. Expect to hear catchy hooks and delicate melodies that evoke similarities to Mersey Beat and Madchester alike.
15:30 - LUCKY PUNKS
LUCKY PUNKS are Ross Kelly, Cameron Smith, Adam Pizey and Tom Harrison. Raised on their parents record collections, the boys from Berkshire draw on a wide range of influences, inspired by anything from 1960s rock n’roll to modern day psychedelia.
With elements of mid-90s Britpop, proto-punk and gritty new wave, their Albarn-esque witticisms and driving guitars combine to form a captivating live performance.
Having originally met at school, circumstances caused Ross, Cam, Adam and Tom to come together as a creative force whilst studying at university in the north east. Attracting interest from the likes of BBC Introducing and Gigs North East, the band have supported The Amazons, Blaenavon, Otherkin and The Pale White in venues spanning from Newcastle to their hometown of Reading. Now firmly based back in Berkshire, LUCKY PUNKS are making waves with their unique, but unmistakably British sound.
16:30 - MARISA AND THE MOTHS
A pretty filthy, filthy pretty grunge influenced Reading-based rock band with a modern edge. Female fronted with soaring vocals and powerful melodies.
17:30 - DOOPS
New pysch-rock influenced band Doops formed by ex-members of popular local band Poor Michael.
18:30 - BREEZEWAX
Breezewax is an electronic musician and composer who typically uses a mix of samples, live instruments and electronic sounds to create sentimental, beat-driven soundscapes.
19:30 - NOBODIES BIRTHDAY
Nobodies Birthday are a five piece indie rock band from Reading. May 2016 saw the band self fund and release full length debut album 'All You Ever Want is Everything'. From this album the band have grown from playing small venues across the South to featuring at some of the country's most loved venues. The band have seen high profile support slots alongside The Sherlocks and in March 2017 toured the UK with the platinum selling Leeds band, The Pigeon Detectives. The latter of which ended with Nobodies Birthday's biggest show to date at Camden's Electric Ballroom in London.
Commenting on the band's classic indie influences, music blog 'It's All Just Noise' said of the album: "Nobodies Birthday's debut album is much deeper than that. Yes the influences are clear and the band unashamedly borrow from the likes of Ride, The Stone Roses and of course, Oasis. But not only have they used these influences to create their own sound, they also manage to move seamlessly between styles on "All You Ever Want Is Everything" before commenting "Nobodies Birthday are not just a 90s tribute act, but the real deal."
The A&R Factory praised Nobodies Birthday's single, No Secrets, saying: "whilst others may be described as anthemic, they manage to be majestic."
Nobodies Birthday will be bringing album tracks alongside brand new material to the festival.
20:30 - THE LONGCUT
Somewhere between utopia and dystopia The Longcut have constructed their own monolithic world. Impossible to place but undoubtedly familiar, on their new record Arrows, Manchester’s sonic architects have carved out their own Upside Down within the crevices of the North; sublimely sweet, bittersweet and bleak, where concrete blockades loom large, but songbirds emerge from clouds overhead.
7 years in the works but much less time in the making, several cuts of each song and two versions of the album later, Arrows embodies aggravation. Sliced, diced and layered up again for the 21st Century, Arrows shows strength from struggle through its stark contrasts; “We were going to call it ‘Monuments’ because of this process of chipping away and adding things,” tells bassist, Jon Fearon. “Eventually we settled on ‘Arrows’; it’d be easy to read too much into it but really, it’s about people. ‘Arrows’ was also the track that pushed us to finish the record, even when it was tough.”
Whilst previous albums A Call and Response (2006) Open Hearts (2009), and 7-track EP Broken Hearts (2010) were formulaic in structure, Arrows was formed from the rolling approach of no clearly-defined beginning, middle or end. Through its single-word titles which stack upon each other like steel girders, order is brought to the recordings, mixed by studio boffin and The Earlies live guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Tom Knott, who provided ‘Popic’s live brass sounds. “He transformed our sprawling recordings into a coherent whole and his contribution is one of our favourite parts,” Jon says. Meanwhile on the sleeve, Arrows takes its shape with angular artwork created by long-time artistic collaborator Liam Palmer.
Raw, brutal, pounding the senses and always from the heart, The Longcut are ready to launch Arrows into 2018’s bleak and beautiful horizon.
21:45 - CARNIVAL YOUTH
The Latvian indie four-piece Carnival Youth received The European Border Breakers award at Eurosonic 2016.
The sound of Carnival Youth blends exciting melodies, the energy of rock music and fresh tunes – lyrical songs and indie hits embody the bands enthusiasm and love for music. Their talent can be felt both on record and at the dynamic live performances. Their new record resembles Wolf Parade, Temples and Arctic Monkeys.
Since the formation of the band in 2012, Roberts Vanags, Aleksis Lurins, Edgars Kaupers and Emils Kaupers have released two records – “Never Have Enough” EP and debut LP “No Clouds Allowed”, which was rewarded as the best debut album of 2014 in their home country Latvia. Both records have granted them a growing fan base all over Europe and critical acclaim.
Their second album “Propeller” was released in April 1, 2016. It will be presented with an intense tour all around Europe.
Carnival Youth have played at “NME Club Night” at KOKO in London, many festivals and showcases, such as The Great Escape (UK), Sziget (Hungary), Positivus (Latvia), Open’er Festival (Poland), Reeperbahn (Germany), Eurosonic (The Netherlands) and others.
They have toured Germany, Austria, Switzerland and their local region several times. Radio personalities like Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music), John Kennedy (XFM) and Chris Hawkins (BBC 6 Music) have played tracks from “No Clouds Allowed” on their radio shows. Several songs of Carnival Youth have charted in German and Latvian radio stations.