Monday, June 18, 2018

Little Indie's top 10 must sees at Bushstock festival

Words: Linn Branson

As city festivals go, West London's Bushstock may not he as large as the others, or cover as wide an area, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in its calibre of artists.

This year's event, taking place in Shepherd's Bush this coming Saturday, June 23, is no exception. And when you have a band like Peace - currently festival headline-hogging everywhere - on the bill, you can be sure things are looking good.

Not got a ticket yet? Be quick. Final general admission tickets, priced at £35.00 (+ booking fee), are selling fast, so sort out your arrangements via here and then take a gander at the Little Indie hot ten we think are worth sticking on your must-see list on the day.

21:30 - 22:30 St Stephen's Church
Described as "the mythical lovechild of Björk and Grimes", Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora Aksnes, known mononymously as Aurora, released her debut EP 'Running with the Wolves' - at the age of just 18 - to widespread acclaim. Latest single 'Queendom' is about "celebrating all the differences in us."

21:45 - 22:30 Sindercombe Social
The Macclesfield trop-pop trio will bring some summer calypso vibes to Shepherd's Bush, along with infectiously raw guitar melodies. So 'Come & Talk' to them at Sindercombe and get your dance groove on!

20:30 - 21:30 The Courtyard at K-West
A band many Bushstockers will be wanting to see are Harry Koisser's boys who have been running apace through sell out shows this year. Their third album, 'Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll', was released last month.

21:00 - 21:30 Bush Hall
On a festival roll this summer, the singer-songwriter (and BBC Sound of 2018 nominee) will be giving a good airing to new single 'Leave Fast'. Politically-motivated and socially-aware, he comments on apathy and disenchantment in his lyrics, all often wryly observed, delivered with an irresistible ear for melody and with a chest-thumping urgency.

20:30 - 21:00 Sindercombe Social
Tune in and chill out London duo, Jonny Woodley and Freddie Clough, never disappoint with their well-crafted haunting melodies, lyrics and spine-tingling presentation.

19:00 - 19:45 The Courtyard at K-West
A Little Indie favourite, these five released latest single ‘The Off Button’ last month. But on not off is where you need to be at for this Liverpudlian band. Lush guitars, big riffs, thumping basslines, Kevin Potter's way with the vocal element, and a whole flight case of top songs such as 'Lost Cause', 'If You Wanna' and 'Losing Your Love'.

18:45 - 19:30 Defectors Weld
Another Little Indie hot one. A 2018 breakout band, going from strength to strength on the back of arena-ready anthems like 'Call Me Out', Lost'  and 'Too Much Fun'.

17:00 - 17:30 The Courtyard at K-West
Somewhat newbies on the block, this bunch of on-the-rise Coventry indie-poppers come with a touch of swagger, pummelling drums and a barrel load of energy. Their second single, 'Backseat Driver', was released last month.

16:30 - 17:00 Sindercombe Social
London-based multi-talented producer and singer-songwriter Jay Brown delivers - often bittersweet - songs about coming out, moving up and not being kept down in an electronic soul-pop shell.

16:00 - 16:30 The Courtyard at K-West
If their three shows at The Great Escape in May are anything to go by, get in the queue here long before 4pm, otherwise there'll probably be little chance of getting within earshot distance of Pete Restrick's gorgeous falsetto and a set of entrancing songs. With new single 'Don't Speak' out June 29, expect a little advance preview.

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