One band currently doing the rounds in the office is The Black Angels. Back with their first material in four years, the Austin rockers are already confirmed as headliners for this year’s Liverpool Psych Fest in September. We’ve had a sneak preview of their album – Death Song – due out in April. It’s been described as ‘part protest, part emotional catharsis in a climate dominated by division, anxiety and unease’ (their words)… as well as ‘a bit of a corker’ (our words).
Another band about to hit the big time is The Weeks. After touring with Kings Of Leon, the Kings liked them so much they set up their own label – Serpents & Snakes – so the supporting band could put out their debut. It’s out next month and is a mix of southern rock, americana and indie-punk. First single Talk Like That is available now.
It may feel slightly wrong at the moment but it’s time to think about which field you might want to stand in for a few days over the summer (along with thousands of others). With the giant contenders on the market costing the same price as a small holiday, perhaps it’s time to give the lesser known festivals a go.
Bluedot Festival returns to Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire for a second year running (7-9 July) and promises to be an intergalactic treat of music, science, arts, culture and space. While the science bit is yet to be announced, you can expect music from PIXIES, Orbital, Goldfrapp, Warpaint and Alt-J.
Alt-J will also be playing at Romania’s leading festival Electric Castle (12-16 July), alongside Deadmau5, House of Pain, DJ Sneak and Duke Dumont. The 130,000 capacity festival will be set within the walls of a 15th century castle sporting 3D projections. Beers should set you back around £1… so it could be well worth paying for the flight over.