There are some absolute corkers in the line-up at Neverworld (formerly LeeFest) next weekend, including a plethora of big names such as Bastille, Tom Grennan, Declan McKenna, Rae Morris, and a DJ set from Sub Focus.
Those boys and girls aside, if you’re heading down to sunny Kent for this one, we thought it might be mildly helpful to share our pick of who to prioritise should any of those pesky schedule clashes threaten to spoil your weekend. Check ’em out below. You’re welcome!
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Yonaka have really turned up the volume of late and we can’t help feeling that recent release FWTB was the trigger for them to get the kind of plaudits they really deserve (if not the radio airplay in this particular instance obviously!). It’s got the attitude and swagger that comes across crystal clear when you see them live but which hasn’t always been replicated in their recordings to date. Having found this formula, we think these guys will be yet another Brighton success story. (Saturday, 8.45pm, The Circus)
Yonaka – FWTB
Delivering RnB-tinged pop and doing it extremely well is Call Me Loop (aka Londoner Georgia Buchanan). We first caught her superb track Give ‘n Take last year and it seems she has plenty of radio-friendly earworms in her locker. She’ll be well worth catching live at Neverworld. (Saturday, 12.30pm, The Fortress)
Call Me Loop – Love The Lie
There’s so much to love about Apre’s sound. Debut tune All Yours for example, is inventive, tuneful, and makes you want to hit repeat the moment it’s finished. Expect to hear other tracks from the London duo’s forthcoming debut EP The Movement Of Time during their set. (Saturday, 12pm, The Circus)
Apre – All Yours
We’ve listened to track Lay It On Me so much over the last few months that it feels like something of an anthem at Sync Towers. The man responsible for it is Ten Tonnes – aka Ethan Barnett, a 21-year-old singer songwriter from Hertford who comes with considerable pedigree given that his brother is George Ezra. (Saturday, 5pm, The Circus)
Ten Tonnes – Lay It On Me
There’s a wonderfully raw and urgent energetic edge to Annabel Allum’s spiky, gritty songs. One we’ve had in our heads since early this year is the brilliant Beat The Birds. The Surrey-based singer-songwriter will be touring the UK in October but catch her at Neverworld in the meantime. (Thursday, 5.30pm, The Circus)
Annabel Allum – Beat The Birds
It’s hard to think of any other group that has had the kind of consistent chart success that Clean Bandit has enjoyed. It’s weird to recall that their early work came with a stutter when they debuted with the rather odd Mozart’s House, initially on video, way back in 2010. A few years later, they re-emerged with an altogether different musical proposition, scoring a huge hit with Rather Be, and have since pretty much set the bar for solidly catchy, collaborative electro-pop, often with a real emotional undertone. Their collaboration with Zara Larsson – Symphony – is a fine example, but our favourite is this flawless pop track from last year… (Friday, 9.30pm, The Fortress)
Clean Bandit – I Miss You (ft Julia Michaels)
Glasgow singer-songwriter LUCIA (Lucia Fontaine) has earned a reputation for enthralling live shows so her set at Neverworld should certainly be a priority. Bittersweet, grungy, and full of emotion, Melted Ice Cream is a belter of a tune from the start of this year and gives some indication of why you need to go see and hear LUCIA and her band for yourself. (Friday, 6pm, The Circus)
LUCIA – Melted Ice Cream
Another to emerge from the South Coast musical hotbed of Brighton is promising five-piece The RPMs. Their track Let Things Happen demonstrates their talent for polished synth-driven indie-pop very much from the same template as fellow Sussex band Fickle Friends. There’s undoubtedly loads to come from these chaps so head along and discover their veritable treasure trove of bangers. (Friday, 1.30pm, The Fortress, & Saturday, 1pm, The Circus)
The RPMs – Let Things Happen