The first night of Radio 1 Indie Show presenter Jack Saunders’ Hopscotch Tour brought together three of the hottest new groups around for a relentlessly good evening’s entertainment.
First up was Sun Silva, a very fine four-piece whose accomplished songwriting and live performance belies their newcomer status – although this has not happened by accident. They’ve spent the best part of a couple of years fine-tuning their sound and it has been time very well spent. Their debut tune Blue Light has earned them well-deserved plaudits – as well as a place on the playlist for the FIFA 19 videogame.
Sun Silva – Blue Light
APRE came next and they upped the tempo a little. This is another band that has made astonishing progress this year. Not only do they have some super-strong material – which majestically straddles the indie/pop boundary – but the duo very much cut the mustard live.
APRE – Backstreet
Then headliners Kawala brought their wonderfully upbeat sound to proceedings. North Londoners Jim Higson (lead vocals) and Daniel McCarthy (guitar, vocals) manage to blend indie and afrobeat with a tropical tinge and they just do it so well – at times quite reminiscent of the wondrous Bedouin Soundclash. The result is energetic, tuneful and totally uplifting.
Kawala – Moonlight
There was plenty to live up to following 2017’s debut for this tour, which featured a line-up that has since gone on to big things. Yonaka, Anteros and Stereo Honey were the bands on that impressive bill, and judging by this evidence, all three of this year’s newcomers can look forward to an equally exciting year ahead.
Catch this stellar line-up on one of the remaining dates if you can. The Hopscotch Tour visits Birmingham (10 November), Manchester (16), Sheffield (17), London (23), and Brighton (24). Tickets here.
Review & photos by Martin Allen