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Hey Charlie (photo © Martin Allen for Sync)

There’s no shortage of talent on show at Gopsall Hall Farm in Leicestershire this weekend as 110 Above Festival rolls into the fields. Headliners include Circa Waves, Fickle Friends and Peace, with a considerable supporting cast made up of the likes of Blaenavon, Marsicans, Flyte, Hey Charlie, Saint Raymond and Marika Hackman.

This is one of those festivals where some serious stage clashes are pretty much inevitable, but – because we care – we’ve put together some honest suggestions of artists to prioritise. [Disclaimer time: we didn’t have the stage splits at the time of writing though, so if loads of the below are on at the same time, please don’t sue!]

And if you’ve not yet got your tickets for 110 Above, grab a last minute fun voucher here.

 

Indie-pop quartet High Tyde have been smashing the festival circuit this summer and having caught their appearance at Truck Festival recently, we can confirm they should be on your schedule. Theirs is a rock-tinged take on the indie-pop genre. Expect their set to be loud and enthralling. You won’t want it to end.

High Tyde – In Your Head

 

First coming to the attention of the masses with last year’s hit Lottery, Northumberland-born singer-songwriter Jade Bird is a multi-dimensional artist. Her style embraces Americana, indie, country and folk and yet somehow those labels don’t quite do her justice. Brand new tune Uh Huh gives a sense of the attitude and invention in the music of this confident 20-year-old who we feel sure has the potential to become an established mainstay.

Jade Bird – Uh Huh

 

Liverpool/Chester band Idle Frets first came to our attention at the very start of last year when they joined us for a Discover interview. Since then, they’ve continued to develop their material and their considerable evolution continues with latest track I Don’t Mind which we can’t wait to hear live.

Idle Frets – I Don’t Mind

 

Indie-pop-rockers Anteros are another act with some serious festival form of late. We caught them at Truck Festival a couple of weeks back which is why we know they’re a must-see. Led by the mesmerising Laura Hayden, the four-piece from London have some mighty tunes drawn from across the three EPs that they have to their name.

Anteros – Bonnie

 

She’s featured on Sync more times than we can remember, but Portsmouth-based Jerry Williams continually surprises and impresses with her flawless and engaging songwriting. Catchy, personal, and emotive, Williams is also a highly accomplished live performer making her shows an absolute delight.

Jerry Williams – Grab Life

 

Just along the coast from Jerry Williams, Brighton singer-songwriter Maisie Peters has been honing her material for a while now and she has some excellent songs in her locker. A great chance to catch her live before she gets the wider recognition her talent deserves.

Maisie Peters – Worst of You

 

And last but not least, yet again, we turn out attention to the music capital of the south for Brighton legends Fickle Friends. There’s not a lot we can add to all that we’ve said about this band over the past couple of years except to say, if you’ve not seen this indie-pop outfit perform live before then you really need to make their set at 110 Above your top priority. Slick, tight, energetic, and with enough pop hooks to have you humming for the rest of the weekend.

Fickle Friends – Swim (Live at RAK Studios)

 

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