Most people go to a festival to see the headline acts, the big name stars that pull in the crowds. We’ve started to appreciate that going to a festival isn’t really about the headliners, it’s about the new music; the quirky new sounds you hear at when you’re chilling with a beer in the sunshine. It’s about the awesome support acts that get the crowd pumping. It’s about the open mic gigs and the small time bands giving it their all mid-afternoon. At L Fest we enjoyed the headliners, Heather Peace and Saffron from Republica, but we also found some awesome up and coming artists that we loved. If you’re looking for some new tunes, you could do a lot worse than these guys, get them downloaded now!
Playing House are a London based, three piece alternative pop band. We hung out with them on a bouncy castle (true story) shortly before their set at L Fest. We also caught guitarist Killian, bassist Izzy and vocalist Mel hanging out in the music tent throughout the festival, enjoying and supporting the other artists. During their set, the upbeat tempo, haunting vocals and punchy guitar riffs had us all nodding along in appreciation. Having recently been played on BBC 6 Music, we were not alone in thinking that big things are ahead for Playing House. They were the first band we downloaded after L Fest and we’ve been listening to them non-stop ever since. Playing House have a new EP coming out in October and we can’t wait to hear it.
Beth Prior’s folksy guitar tunes and smooth reggae beats were the perfect accompaniment to the sunshine on Sunday afternoon at L Fest. Her 2012 EP, Nomad, is a lyrical masterpiece that brought Beth a cult following. In fact, her fans are so loyal they helped to finance a whole album through crowdfunder! Beth’s much awaited first studio album, Little Acts of Kindness, is released in September to coincide with a UK tour.
Kal Lavelle is an Irish singer song writer, living in London. She’s been around for a while but she’s new to us so we simply had to include her beautiful music on this list. At the risk of sounding like Louis Walsh, her voice has a certain richness and quality to it that makes the listener crave more. Kal’s music is a sensual journey that carries you away on cloud of emotion (oosh, we’re getting deep now). Her songs are full of enough angst and unrequited love to give any self-respecting lesbian a run for her money. Kal has a lot of fans within the music industry, she’s supported Lucy Spraggan, Bastille, Ed Sheeran and even James Brown! Her wonderful EP Shivers is available now and she is currently working on a new album.
The Magpies are a Glasgow based trio, playing an eclectic mix of acoustic folk and pop. Lizzie, Doro and Peter look like they’re having an awesome time playing together on stage and really enjoyed playing to the L Fest crowd. Rumour has it you might catch the Magpies at another LGBT event this August bank holiday. Their debut EP, Wait for the Sunrise, is available now and well worth a listen.
Bree is a Nashville based rock and roll act with a stage presence worthy of any old school rock star. Billed as the angry Taylor Swift, singer Bree is the ultimate good girl gone bad. After being thrown out of her dad’s cult (honest, we’re not making this up) she fell into the US rock and roll scene, met her band mates in a bar and put in the hard work gigging. Bree really brought the party to the L Fest stage on Sunday afternoon, we loved rocking out to her sound. She looks like a rock star, she sounds like a rock star, she is a rock star (Damn! that was Louis Walsh talking again!). Bree is touring the UK at the moment and the debut album New Skin is available on iTunes now.
Did you see any of these awesome acts at L Fest? Did we miss anyone? Who would make your list?