Music, comedy and street food are the winning combo for Winchestival which takes place at the Hampshire town’s North Walls Park on Saturday 16 June. The event has bagged a stellar line-up of superb new music which we’ll be all over. If you’re heading along too – and tickets are available here if so – this is our pick of five not to miss….

 

The Big Moon are one of those bands who have received plenty of critical acclaim. In many cases, bands can be somewhat over-hyped in this respect, but with this fantastic foursome, every bit of raving is more than warranted. There’s a raw, punky edge to their brand of indie-pop but there is also a lot of depth and heart in their material. Last year’s debut album Love In The 4th Dimension was an absolute stormer, with one of the highlights being their signature tune Sucker.

The Big Moon – Sucker (Live for Vevo Dscvr)

 

Southampton-born but London-based Laurel Arnell-Cullen (or just Laurel to you an I), has spent a large part of the last five years as a genuinely DIY artist, writing, recording and producing all her music in her bedroom studio. Her haunting voice is truly unique and when twinned with her deeply emotive songwriting, makes for an arresting proposition.

Laurel – Lovesick

 

We first saw Gosport four-piece Arcade Hearts supporting Jerry Williams at her London show earlier this year and there’s an undeniable buzz about a group that has been forging a strong reputation throughout the local scene. Energetic on stage, they match this with damn fine indie-pop songs, making them well worth catching if you get the chance.

Arcade Hearts – Different Place

 

Bristol outfit Swimming Girls have been busy honing both their live performances and material, and it really shows on both counts as progress has been impressive. Their particular brand of dream pop is atmospheric, with the captivating voice of lead singer Vanessa Giménez suitably backed by the accomplished musicianship of the rest of the band. Recent single Back Of Your Car is a case in point – a simply brilliant piece of work for a band that is still so early on its journey. It seems impossible to imagine that these guys will remain a ‘best kept secret’ for much longer.

Swimming Girls – Back Of Your Car

 

Last but certainly not least, headliners Fickle Friends are one of Sync‘s most featured artists and anyone who has seen them live will understand exactly why we continue to bang on about them. The Brighton band released their superb debut album earlier this year and you can expect to hear all the big tunes from that, including latest release Say No More

Fickle Friends – Say No More

 

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