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Lowlands 2017: The DiS Preview + 30 Song Playlist

2017-08-15T12:17:53+01:002017-08-15 12:17:53 +0100

DiS is off to the Netherlands next weekend for Lowlands. Here are 10 acts we're looking forward to seeing. DiS is off to the Netherlands next weekend for this year's edition of Lowlands. Held from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th August in the village of Biddinghuizen approximately 40 miles east of Amsterdam, it's established itself as one of the country's leading music festivals since hosting its inaugural event in 1993. Attracting around 55,000 people across its four days every year, the organisers have once again pulled together a stellar lineup featuring a mix of internationally acclaimed artists alongside a wealth of up and coming Dutch talent. Here are 10 acts we're quite looking forward to seeing. --- At The Drive-In (Bravo Stage. Sunday 20th. 1645-1745) This legendary post-hardcore outfit may have inadvertently invented emo but don't let that put you off. 2000's Relationship Of Command remains one of the greatest albums of the millennium and while internal relationships within the band have been fractious at times, their return in 2015 has coincided with a new lease of life creatively as demonstrated by recent long player In•ter a•li•a. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Canshaker Pi (X-Ray Stage. Saturday 19th. 1600-1645) Having first come across this Amsterdam four-piece at January's Eurosonic Noorderslag showcase event, it's no surprise they've since landed a slot at one of their home nation's premier outdoor festivals. Pavement's Stephen Malkmus is already a confirmed fan and their scuzzy, grunge-infused punk is a throwback to the halcyon days of Dinosaur Jr and the Pixies which should make their set an unmissable experience here. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Car Seat Headrest (India Stage. Sunday 20th. 1810-1910) Essentially the solo project of Will Toledo, Car Seat Headrest takes the form of a four-piece band for the live experience. Nevertheless, it's Toledo that steals the spotlight and while his recorded output is nothing short of prolific (10 albums in seven years at the last time of counting), there's also an unrivalled level of intensity in the way he delivers a performance from the front of any given stage. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Editors (Alpha Stage. Saturday 19th. 2145-2300) While their commercial success in the UK may have stalled a little after 2007's peak with An End Has A Start, Editors remain one of the biggest musical draws in mainland Europe. And rightly so. Their most recent long player, 2015's In Dream is up there with the band's finest while an Editors live show is still one of the most grandiose around. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Feist (Heineken Stage. Friday 18th. 1720-1820) Highly acclaimed as a singer, songwriter and musician of some distinction. Leslie Feist originally attained recognition as a member of Canadian outfit Broken Social Scene. However, it was her third solo record, 2007's The Reminder that catapulted her solo output into the limelight. Since then she's gone onto release two more albums culminating in this year's Pleasure while collaborating with the likes of Beck and Radiohead in the interim period. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Iggy Pop (Bravo Stage. Friday 18th. 2035-2135) With a career spanning almost 60 years, Iggy Pop really needs no introduction. The three albums recorded with The Stooges between 1969 and 1973 are among the most revered artifacts in rock and roll history while his 1977 collaboration with David Bowie The Idiot kickstarted punk rock as an international phenomenon. With a back catalogue to die for it goes without saying this will probably be Lowlands' finest (and busiest) hour. width="540" height="304" sr[...]

Synästhesie Festival III: The DiS Preview

2017-06-28T08:08:05+01:002017-06-28 08:08:05 +0100

We're pleased to announce that we'll be media partners with one of Germany's best new festivals

It should probably go without saying at this point but no European country has a contemporary musical heritage as perfectly inimitable as Germany. From Kosmiche luminaries Can, Kraftwerk, Neu! and countless others besides to avant-garde trailblazers including Popol Vuh and Faust, it has always wielded difference – and boundless, forward-thinking spirit – the likes of which its neighboring nations could only ever dream of.

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It's no surprise, then, that one of the continent's leading festivals celebrating that lineage and its imprint on present-day psych, garage, and art-rock trends is based in the beating heart of modern-day Berlin. Set to return to the uniquely striking surroundings of Volksbühne for its third annual outing on November 19, Synästhesie offers a masterfully curated program marrying some of the finest cosmically-inclined and wanderlust-ridden rock acts around with a cornucopia of beatific visual imagery.

Presented by the city’s underground rock n’ roll institution par excellence 8MM, this year's bill unites neo-psych heroes The Horrors, fast-rising Mancunian quartet Pins, and Berlin’s own Krautrock-inspired maestros Camera amongst others to be announced across two stages. Having sold out last year via a program featuring the right honourable Michael Rother, Cavern of Anti-Matter, Tess Parks and the Warlocks, the return of this impeccably curated festival – which is limited to a mere 1000 tickets – is an absolute cert insofar as presenting the very best Musik aesthetic inspired by German experimental music of the late 60s & early 70s.

Synästhesie Festival takes place in Berlin on 19 November. For more information and tickets, please visit the official website. The Facebook event can be found here.


Glastonbury 2017: The DiS Preview

2017-06-19T13:36:47+01:002017-06-19 11:46:00 +0100

We're off to Worthy Farm this week for the 2017 edition of Glastonbury Festival. Here's our guide on what to see DiS scribes Mark Muldoon and Dom Gourlay head to Worthy Farm this week for the 2017 edition of Glastonbury Festival. Here's their guide on what to see. --- “The organisation gets slicker, the stages get better, the infrastructure improves, its politics gets more vital and the late night areas get more ambitious. Its journey to grow into what it is today becomes more unfathomable and uniquely endearing, and as a consequence, its audience gets more appreciative. Glastonbury is totally nailing the job of being Glastonbury right now.” That’s what we said about the festival in 2015. We were in a state of gooey post-festival euphoria at the time, but we stick by it. What with there being no festival next year, let’s make this a good one yeah? Here’s some of the things we think will be worth checking out, but first: we’ve done a Spotify playlist for you as well... src="" width="300" height="380" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true"> --- Radiohead width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Not just any Radiohead set, either. Let us outline why this seems like a really great weekend to see Radiohead live: They’ve got a lovely big 2hr 15min set time They’ll probably play a few songs to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of OK Computer, which is quite a good album, isn’t it? They did a bit of a tour last year, and were suddenly all too happy to give equal reverence to every part of their back catalogue. What with how long their set is, there should be room for a few of everybody’s favourites. The festival sold out before Radiohead were announced, which means this is not just an opportunity to see Radiohead live – it’s an opportunity to see Radiohead live without their fans showing up and ruining it. 15,000 of them heading to the front of the stage 2½ hours before the band are due on and probably making The xx less fun by not dancing, because they’re not there to see The xx, they’re there to see Radiohead. (MM) Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Responsible for 2016’s best ‘late night entertaining’ album (although we’ve made you a playlist of the record that excludes the track ‘Silicon Valley’. It’s important you skip this track, trust us on this one.) Paak has built a fairly sizable level of excitement around his live shows - according to one British site not exactly constitutionally opposed to hyperbolic statements he’s “an artist that needs to be seen live by every fan of music regardless of genre preference”. Whilst we’re not going to recommend Classic FM listeners scour Viagogo for tickets to his next tour, his breezy genre hopping amongst soul, R&B, hip hop and funk should suit sunset on the West Holts stage pretty perfectly. (MM) Foo Fighters width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> If you’re on the fence about Foo Fighters ‘as a concept’ and haven’t seen them live, they’re a band you should probably see at some point. It’s where they’re at their best, rather than the whole ‘millionaires manufacturing anger every three years’ thing their recorded output has become. In concert Dave Grohl could barely be a better raconteur, and if you only take a passing interest in the band then it’s possibly slipped your mind quite how many singles they’ve got that are ideal for jumping around a field singing your head off to. (MM) Craig David width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> As we pointed out at the time, Craig David on the Sonic stage was an ADHD crow[...]

Download 2017: The DiS Preview + 30 Song Playlist

2017-06-07T09:29:27+01:002017-06-07 09:29:27 +0100

Here are the ten acts we're most looking forward to seeing at Download this weekend This weekend, DiS heads to Castle Donington for the 2017 editio of Download. Held in Donington Park and widely renowned as the world's premiere rock and metal festival, this year's event runs from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th June. Tickets are still available here while the full line-up including stage times can be viewed here. In the meantime, here's the ten acts we're most looking forward to seeing over the course of the weekend. --- Aerosmith (Sunday 11th. Main Stage @ 20:50) In what will probably be the last opportunity for many UK fans to get to see them, this two-hour long extravaganza should provide a fitting farewell from Stephen Tyler and co. that's sure to be looked back on for many years as one of Download's defining moments. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> AFI (Saturday 10th. Main Stage @ 17:00) Having initially formed in 1991, Californian outfit AFI have been at the forefront of the US punk scene for the majority of their lifespan. Inspired as much by UK post-punk as they are American punk and hardcore, the band's tenth album AFI came out at the beginning of this year. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Baroness (Friday 9th. Zippo Encore Stage @ 18:00) With a new guitarist on board (Gina Gleason) and a promise to play songs from their back catalogue they've not played for a while, their Friday teatime set is not to be missed. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Exodus (Friday 9th. The Dogtooth Stage @ 22:15) Arguably the inventors of thrash metal, this California-based five-piece put out their first album Bonded By Blood and have continued to make intense, confrontational and often groundbreaking music ever since. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Idles Saturday 10th. The Dogtooth Stage @ 14:20) Bristol's finest punk rock social commentators continue to confound at any festival that will have them. This weekend it's the turn of Download and with songs like 'Heel/Heal' and 'Mother' in their armoury, we suspect it won't be long before the metalhead contingent are won over too. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Kvelertak (Saturday 10th. Zippo Encore Stage @ 15:50) Norway's Kvelertak are one of the most innovative metal bands on the scene right now. Fusing elements of prog, noise, punk and black metal, their unmistakably unique sound has earned them a hardcore of devotees around the globe. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Ministry (Sunday 11th. Zippo Encore Stage @ 16:05) Ministry might not have invented the industrial genre but their role in taking it to a wider audience can never be understated. Formed in 1981 by diminutive frontman Al Jourgensen, they also have a wealth of instant classics to choose from such as 1991's 'Jesus Built My Hotrod' and 1999's 'Bad Blood', which featured on The Matrix soundtrack. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Opeth (Sunday 11th. Zippo Encore Stage @ 18:15) Stockholm's Opeth have been around for nearly three decades and in that time released twelve albums. With a new record scheduled to come out later this year, expect to hear several brand new songs alongside their more familiar material. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Slayer (Sunday 11th. Zippo Encore Stage @ 19:35) There isn't a lot that hasn't been already about possibly the greatest metal band of all time. 19[...]

BBK Bilbao 2017: The DiS Preview + 25 Song Playlist

2017-06-01T08:02:35+01:002017-06-01 08:02:35 +0100

DiS is off to BBK Bilbao in July. Here are the 10 acts we're most excited about seeing This summer, DiS will be taking a trip to the historic Spanish city of Bilbao for the 12th edition of BBK Bilbao. Held on the slopes of Mount Cobetas in the South West of the city, BBK Bilbao first opened its doors in 2006 and has since gone on to become one of mainland Europe's most esteemed music festivals. Attracting over 100,000 visitors over the course of its three days, the organisers have once again put together a stellar line up featuring a host of major acts from around the globe. Taking place from Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th July, tickets range from 55 Euros for one day to just 125 Euros for the entire duration including camping, and can be purchased here. In the meantime, here are the 10 acts we're most looking forward to seeing at this year's event. --- Blonde Redhead (Saturday 8th July) About to enter their 25th year as a band, Blonde Redhead have been one of the most prolific bands throughout that time. Constantly reinventing themselves in the process, their most recent EP 3 O'Clock bares all the hallmarks of the band's halcyon days. BBKers, be sure not to miss their set! width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Brian Wilson (Saturday 8th July) There isn't a lot to say about this legend that hasn't already been said, except that if you haven't managed to catch one of his Pet Sounds shows yet, this may well be your last opportunity. As well as playing that album in full, expect to hear a number of timeless classics from the Beach Boys vaults which should make Saturday night in Bilbao go off in style. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Depeche Mode (Thursday 6th July) Arguably the most inventive, not to mention consistent, bands to emerge from the 1980s new romantic scene, Depeche Mode have never been afraid to voice their opinions on the issues of the day as 'Where's The Revolution?', the thought provoking lead single from fourteenth long player Spirit, ably demonstrates. Let's hope they'll be soundtracking a Labour victory here with a cavalcade of hits from their incredible back catalogue. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Explosions In The Sky (Friday 7th July) These Texan post-rockers have been favourites on Drowned In Sound pretty much from the word go, having released their first album just months before DiS went live. Still an enthralling spectacle live, their festival sets at Primavera, Best Kept Secret, and Glastonbury last summer were legendary and we have similarly high hopes for another exercise in grandiosity here. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Idles (Thursday 6th July) Possibly the festival band of the summer so far. Their nihilistic diatribes about society and its many incumbent ills have won them a whole new legion of followers while debut album Brutalism is fast becoming embedded in the nation's psyche. Visceral, confrontational, and downright unmissable. BBK Bilbao, you have been warned. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> The Lemon Twigs (Saturday 8th July) This Long Island outfit channel perfect pop in the way your parents or elder siblings would cherish, but don't let that put you off. Essentially the brainchild of the D'Addario brothers Brian and Michael, their multi-faceted range of sounds and styles has drawn comparisons with everyone from The Beatles to The Ramones and a multitude of others in between. Last year's impressive debut Do Hollywood highlighted their wares impeccably while the live show usually throws up one or two improvised surprises. width="540" height="304" [...]

DiS Partners With Le Guess Who? 2017 + First Announcements

2017-05-30T14:15:02+01:002017-05-30 14:12:00 +0100

We can't wait to go back to Utrecht in November

you might well be busy shopping for shorts and flip flops in anticipation of the summer, but our thoughts are already turning to one of winter's - and Europe's - best festivals; Utrecht's Le Guess Who?.

Fresh from their triumphant 10th Anniversary edition last year, the festival continues to expand and to attract some of the biggest and best names from a variety of genres and countries. DiS is proud to announce that we will once again be full media partners, and to reveal the first wave of headliners and curators.

Once again, four distinguished artists have been to chosen to curate each day. This year Perfume Genius, Grouper, Shabazz Palaces, and Hann Bennink have the honours, and they've already chosen an eclectic and acclaimed range of performers.

Together with Jerusalem In My Heart, Le Guess Who? will also be presenting a very special cast of African-American and Middle Eastern performers, including expressive jazz singer Linda Sharrock, Moor Mother, Matana Roberts, filmmaker and songwriter Alanis Obomsawin performing her 1988 album Bush Lady for the first time (featuring music of the Native American Abenaki people), Farida & The Iraqi Maqam Ensemble, and the Lebanese Abdel Karim Shaar, the last of his generation still performing classical ‘Tarab’ repertoire, for only his second performance outside his home country.

The full lineup announced thus far can be viewed here, but Le Guess Who? is already shaping up to carry on where it left last year, further cementing its reputation as an unmissable event on the European festival calendar.

Four-Day Festival Passes for Le Guess Who? 2017 are available now for €110 (excluding service costs). Day tickets will be available at a later date. The festival also offers discounts on accommodations at the StayOkay hostel, located conveniently in the city center of Utrecht, near most festival venues. To purchase tickets, please click here.


Dot To Dot 2017: The DiS Preview + 50 Song Playlist

2017-05-24T14:02:18+01:002017-05-24 14:02:18 +0100

This weekend sees the return of Dot To Dot festival. Here are the 10 acts we're most looking forward to This weekend (May 26-28) sees the return of Dot To Dot festival. Now in its 12th year occupying the traditional Spring Bank Holiday slot, the 2017 edition once again sees more than 200 artists perform across over 75 venues in Manchester (Friday 26th), Bristol (Saturday 27th) and Nottingham (Sunday 28th). Once again, DiS will be in attendance and here's the 10 acts we're most looking forward to seeing. --- Cherry Hex & The Dream Church (Sunday 28th. Nottingham. Rough Trade @ 17:00) This Nottingham-based duo have been making a name for themselves over the past year mainly due to their hauntingly intense live performances. Comparisons with The xx, Cocteau Twins, and Chvrches aren't wide of the mark, and their late afternoon slot in Rough Trade promises to be one of the weekend's finest. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Confidence Man (Friday 26th. Manchester. Mint Lounge @ 20:15) (Saturday 27th. Bristol. The Louisiana @ 21:30) (Sunday 28th. Nottingham. Stealth @ 21:45) Heavenly Recordings boast arguably the finest roster anywhere in the world at this moment in time and their most recent addition, Brisbane four-piece Confidence Man, are another gem in waiting. Think Dee Lite, the B52s, and LCD Soundsystem produced by Weatherall or Oakenfold and you won't go far wrong. Get Down! width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Eyre Llew (Friday 26th. Manchester. Aatma @ 22:30) (Saturday 27th. Bristol. The Island @ 20:30) (Sunday 28th. Nottingham. Spanky Van Dykes @ 22:30) Having already wowed festival goers at 2Q, Handmade, and Focus Wales in recent weeks, the Nottingham based trio get their first taste of bill topping status on home soil. Headlining the Spanky Van Dykes stage, expect to hear a selection of melodic and occasionally brutal cuts of ambient from their forthcoming debut album. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Heaters (Friday 26th. Manchester. Night And Day @ 23:00) (Saturday 27th. Bristol. Thekla @ 00:00) (Sunday 28th. Nottingham. Bodega @ 00:00) Despite only forming three years, this Michigan-based quartet have already gained a glowing reputation both on record and as live performers. Last August saw the release of second long player Baptistina heralded their finest collection of songs to date and their incendiary take on psychedelic surf and garage rock is sure to be a winner this weekend. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Jimi Mack (Sunday 28th. Nottingham. Rough Trade @ 13:30) Originally from Belfast, this Nottingham-based singer/songwriter has been making waves in recent months both as a solo artist and founder member of psych rockers The Hijinks, also playing this weekend. With comparisons to the likes of John Martyn and Tim Buckley, his left field take on jazz-inspired folk is a joy to behold, as 'Salao', the lead track off forthcoming debut EP Familiar Horizons ably demonstrates. Come see what all the fuss is about. We guarantee you won't be disappointed. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Josefin Öhrn & The Liberation (Friday 26th. Manchester. Band On The Wall @ 17:15) (Saturday 27th. Bristol. Thekla @ 23:00) (Sunday 28th. Nottingham. Rescue Rooms @ 23:15) Anyone that's already witnessed Josefin Öhrn & The Liberation in the flesh will know they're a captivating, if not mindblowing experience. Taking their name from the Tibetan Book Of The Dead and with a musical palette that draws inspiration from Broadcast, Jefferson Airpl[...]

SPOT Festival 2017: The DiS Preview + 30 Song Playlist

2017-05-02T10:51:15+01:002017-05-02 10:51:15 +0100

Here are 10 acts DiS are most excited about seeing at this coming weekend's SPOT Festival This coming weekend, DiS makes its annual pilgrimage to the city of Aarhus for the 2017 edition of SPOT Festival. Essentially Denmark's answer to South-By-Southwest or The Great Escape, this year's event takes place from Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th May across numerous venues showcasing many of Scandinavia's finest new musical talent. Without further ado, here are the ten acts we're most excited about seeing and a thirty song playlist featuring a selection of the artists scheduled to play at this year's festival. --- Farveblind (Saturday 6th @ SCC, 0000-0035) This duo have only been making music together for the best part of a year, yet already they're making serious waves on the Scandinavian club scene. Hailing from the Danish Island of North Jutland, January's debut single 'Wasteful Talk' just happens to be one of 2017's finest to date, and their midnight slot here should keep the party alive well into the early hours. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Marching Church (Friday 5th @ Store Sal, 2015-2050) (Saturday 6th @ Radar, 1400-1430) The other project of Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, better known as the singer in gothic post-punks Iceage. Marching Church started off as a solo vehicle for Rønnenfelt but has gradually developed into a fully fledged band. Last year's Telling It Like It Is highlighted his fixation with Nick Cave and David Bowie while channeling an array of ideas and sounds incorporating everything from jazz to pop and visceral white noise. Expect the unexpected. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Nils Bech (Saturday 6th @ Rytmisk Sal, 2045-2120) Norwegian singer, composer, and stage actor Nils Bech relies as much on his performance as the opening few words might suggest. Signed to the revered DFA label and already with three albums to his name, he's one of the most unique talents doing the rounds today and his mid-evening set on Saturday bears all the hallmarks of being one of SPOT Festival's finest. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Palace Winter (Saturday 6th @ SCC, 1800-1835) If stadium-sized soaring anthems and heartfelt, emotive lyrics fused with the occasional dalliance into Neu! style motorik territories are your thing then Palace Winter might just be the band for you. Debut album Waiting For The World To Turn came out last year to widespread critical acclaim, while their energetic live show grows bigger and better with every passing performance. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Shiny Darkly (Friday 5th @ Tape, 2130-2210) Having first come to our attention at this very festival in 2012, this Copenhagen-based trio have become one of the Danish post-punk scene's leading exponents of goth-tinged dark wave. Comparisons to The Horrors, The Cure, and The Chameleons aren't too wide of the mark, and in 'He's Suicidal' they have an anthem of sorts for those who like their sonic pleasures stuffed with a smidgen of gloom and despair. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Siv Jakobsen (Saturday 6th @ Lille Sal, 2115-2150) We've been fans of Siv Jakobsen's deftly arranged compositions since unsuspectingly catching her set in a tiny coffee shop at Brighton's Great Escape two years ago. Since then she's put out an EP The Lingering which highlights her talent as both a vocalist and composer of some distinction, while recent single 'Like I Used To' sets the scene impeccably for the imminent release of her as-yet untitled debut[...]

Handmade 2017: The DiS Preview + 40 Song Playlist

2017-04-25T14:54:34+01:002017-04-25 14:54:34 +0100

Here are 10 bands we're most looking forward to seeing at Handmade next weekend This coming weekend sees the return of Handmade Festival. With the main festival spread across four rooms in Leicester's O2 Academy on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April, and its fringe evenst taking place on Friday 28th in The Cookie, Firebug, Guildhall, and Bishop Street Methodist Church respectively, 2017's Handmade promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Drowned In Sound has its own stage this year for the first time in the ornate confines of Bishop Street Methodist Church. The stage times and running order are as follows:- 1930-2000 Cold Water Souls 2020-2050 Eyre Llew 2115-2200 Haiku Salut 2230-2320 Her Name Is Calla In the meantime, here are 10 other acts we're most looking forward to seeing plus a forty song playlist featuring many of the artists scheduled to perform over the course of the weekend. --- Baba Naga (Saturday 29th @ Academy 2, 1700-1730) This Sheffield-based trio have been wowing us with their incendiary take on metallic psych rock this past couple of years. Miss their Saturday teatime set at your peril! width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> British Sea Power (Sunday 30th @ Academy 1, 2030-2115) Long-standing favourites of Drowned In Sound and its community, these indie veterans have just released their tenth long player Let The Dancers Inherit The Party and its their most beat-infused offering to date. Expect to hear cuts off this alongside more familiar numbers from their extensive back catalogue. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Frightened Rabbit (Sunday 30th @ Academy 1, 2205-2300) Another band who've been regulars on this site for many years. Critically acclaimed throughout their career with last year's Painting Of A Panic Attack only adding to their impressive canon. Now they've bagged a well deserved headline slot to close this year's festival with a bang. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Goat Girl (Saturday 29th @ Academy 2, 1800-1830) All hail the new queens of slacker rock. With elements of Sleater Kinney's wisdom and Fat White Family's carefree nonchalance, this four-piece are leading the way for UK's new breed of lo-fi. Come see what all the fuss is about. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Happy Accidents (Sunday 30th @ Scholar, 1600-1630) This London-based noise pop trio released their debut LP You Might Be Right on Alcopop! Records last summer. However, it's live where Happy Accidents really come into a league of their own, rivalling the likes of Johnny Foreigner and Los Campesinos! as joyous purveyors of frenetic punk pop. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> HMLTD (Friday 28th @ Firebug, 2300-2350) Arguably the most stylish new band doing the rounds at the minute, but have they got the substance to match? Find out for yourselves as their collision of new romanticism, punk, funk and all things in between looks set to bring Friday's fringe event to a chaotic close. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Idles (Sunday 30th @ Academy 1, 1730-1800) This Bristol outfit have already set tongues wagging with anyone that's caught their explosive live show, often leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Comparisons to Sleaford Mods and Future Of The Left aren't wide of the mark, and if their recent performance at Derby's 2Q last month is anything to go by, they'll be one of this weekend's main hi[...]

Handmade Festival Lineup Announced Including DiS Stage & Eyre Llew Exclusive

2017-03-22T14:05:41+00:002017-03-22 14:05:41 +0000

DiS is delighted to announce we'll be curating our own stage at Handmade Festival on Friday 28 April in a church! One of our most enjoyable weekends of last summer's festival season took place in Leicester over the early May Bank Holiday weekend. Handmade Festival, called as such because it's one of the few predominantly DIY events still functioning featured some memorable performances from the likes of Los Campesinos!, Big Deal, and Colour Me Wednesday at 2016's event. So this year, Drowned In Sound is delighted to announce we'll be curating our own stage on Friday 28th April in a church! That's right, our show will be taking place in the ornate setting of Bishop Street Methodist Church which was built over 200 years ago. The line up for the DiS stage is as follows... Haiku Salut No strangers to readers of the site or indeed DiS curated events gone by, having played for us at last year's Great Escape in Brighton. Both 2013's debut Tricolore and its follow-up two years later Etch And Etch Deep amassed a wealth of critical acclaim, and we're literally thrilled to bits that the trio of Sophie, Gemma, and Louise have taken time out from recording their forthcoming third record to headline what promises to be an incredible night of music. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Her Name Is Calla This Leicester-based outfit have also been long standing favourites here at DiS, having played various club nights and festival stages for us over the years. First album The Heritage still remains one of the finest debuts of the decade while the band's subsequent two long players The Quiet Lamb and Navigator further illustrate their propensity to confound expectations and beguile in equal measures. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Eyre Llew Another band heavily championed on DiS pretty much from the moment their first demo landed on our desk. This experimental trio fuse the lavish orchestration of bands like Sigur Ros and Wild Beasts with the brutal intensity of Godspeed! You Black Emperor or 65daysofstatic. Their as-yet untitled debut album is out later this year and they've given us something of an exclusive in the shape of forthcoming single 'Havoc', which gets its very first public airing here. width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=""> Cold Water Souls This Derby based five-piece have only been together just over a year with their current line-up, but already their anthemic, shoegaze-tinged atmospheric rock has created waves around the East Midlands thanks to their mesmeric and utterly spellbinding live performances. width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=""> Also newly announced are a host of other acts including Goat Girl, Baba Naga, HMLTD, Peaness, Easy Life, Dead Pretties and Neon Waltz which completes the line up for 2017. Taking place over the weekend of Friday 28, Saturday 29, and Sunday 30 April at the O2 Academy and various other venues around Leicester. Full line up and ticket information can be found here. ![104586]( [...]