PREVIEW: Bushstock, London, 23/6/18

Peace will be heading up the list of bands descending on London’s Shepherd’s Bush this Saturday as Bushstock takes over several venues across the district.

The music will run across seven stages. The beautiful St Stephen’s Church will once more provide the festival’s focal point along with its neighbour over the road, Bush Hall, and further down Uxbridge Road, The Library at Bush Theatre. On Shepherd’s Bush Green, the Sindercombe Social and Defectors Weld will be open to festival goers whilst on the other side of the Green, The Courtyard at K West will provide this year’s one and only outdoor stage. Tucked around the corner will be the festival’s most intimate venue, The Albertine. Tickets are still available and can be snapped up here.

If you’re heading along to this fantastically friendly and intimate music festival, check out our recommendations of artists to catch…

Photo by James Boardman


Exciting four-piece Sea Girls will be on the road in October for a UK headline tour but this is a great chance to catch them before then and hear in person some of their crackers, including Heavenly War and Call Me Out(Defectors Weld, 6.45pm)

Sea Girls – Call Me Out (Live at BBC Biggest Weekend)


One of our highlights of last summer was catching Flyte at the Sidmouth Fringe Festival. Seeing a band as imaginative and accomplished as this in such close quarters felt like a privilege, and the chance to enjoy them in the beautiful surroundings of Bush Hall will be similarly unmissable. (Bush Hall, 10pm)

Flyte – Cathy Come Home


Adam French is a singer-songwriter from the North-West of England whose star is very much in the ascendency. He was fantastic at Dot To Dot back in May, impressing with his unique songs and rich, beguiling voice. The hauntingly captivating You From The Rest will doubtless be a highlight. (The Courtyard at K-West, 3pm)

Adam French – You From The Rest


Devon band Tors have been gaining plenty of admirers in recent times, and latest single Won’t Remember is a good illustration of why these guys are becoming much talked-about. (Bush Hall, 7pm)

Tors – Won’t Remember


Indie-pop outfit Only The Poets will be bringing plenty of energy to proceedings for their show in Shepherds Bush. The Reading four-piece will be appearing at Bushstock ahead of a sizable UK tour in September. (Defectors Weld, 4.30pm)

Only The Poets – Dead Young


London group Stereo Honey have a frankly outrageous schedule of festival appearances this summer, taking in Barn on the Farm, Truck, Tramlines, Wilderness, Boardmasters, and Victorious… but not before they’ve wowed Bushstock’s aficionados with their indie-pop proposition that deserves to go big. (The Courtyard at K-West, 4pm)

Stereo Honey – The Bay


One track which caused a particular stir on one of our recent Sync Lists on Spotify was Nina by Anaïs. It’s a mesmerising piece of music that transports you to another place so we can’t wait to catch her live at Bushstock as we’ve heard big things about her live performances too. (Sindercombe Social, 3.30pm)

Anaïs – Nina


Indie-rock Londoners Haus are an unmissable act on this year’s Bushstock as far as we’re concerned. Their alternative, energetic and thoroughly enjoyable vibe will make the small but perfectly-formed Defectors Weld the place to be on Saturday night. And while you’re about it, check out the explanation behind the band’s name here… made us chuckle. (Defectors Weld, 9.45pm)

Haus – Levels


Bushstock lineup

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