It all sounded so promising. A pretty impressive line-up of bands old and new in a city centre location, the inaugural Hope & Glory Festival had all the makings of a special weekend. Sadly for many, it turned into something of a nightmare. Continue reading
With less than a month to go until some of the biggest names in EDM assemble on Clapham Common for South West Four, we’ve been casting our eye over the stellar line-up to pick a few not-to-be-missed acts. With headline sets from the likes of Knife Party, Deadmau5, Pendulum, and Tinie Tempah, the event maintains its reputation for booking huge acts. But to be fair, there is solid stuff to be found right throughout the schedule so here are a few that you should seriously consider seeking out if you’re heading along to the big Bank Holiday weekend party. Continue reading
There’s so much good stuff arriving into our inbox just at the moment so it’s no easy task picking this week’s TOTW. By virtue of our inability to get this tune out of our heads, this beauty from Marsicans is our big one however.
We’ve been banging on about the Leeds-based four-piece for a good long while now and its great to see them making some great progress and continuing to develop their sound. They also have a great support slot coming up in the autumn when they’re on the road with Clean Cut Kid during October which we can’t wait for.
Too Good is a strong piece of upbeat indie-pop which will doubtless have been sounding great on the band’s various festival appearances this summer – and there’s several more of those to come too including appearances at this weekend’s 110 Above, Greenbelt, Redcar Rocks and Manchester’s Neighbourhood Festival.
Marsicans – Too Good
With a little less than a fortnight until the brand new Hope & Glory Festival rolls into Liverpool, many are no doubt already preparing their Victoriana attire for the £1,000 prize fancy dress competition. But even if you’re not going to be able to prime your handlebar moustache in time, there are still many reasons to head along, not least a musical line-up that can only be described as eclectic.
Taking place in the city’s St George’s Quarter, the bill includes Reverend and the Makers, The Fratellis, Saturday headliners James, and what promises to be a truly memorable Sunday headline slot featuring Hacienda Classical and guests Shaun Ryder and Bez from the Happy Mondays. But throughout the list of bands performing, there are plenty of other Sync ‘must-sees’. We picked out five that are not to be missed if you’re heading along… Continue reading
We never tire of banging on about Fickle Friends. Not only have they put out a string of ridiculously catchy tunes over the past year or two, but they’re also a superbly polished-but-fun live proposition. We saw them late last year during their own headline UK tour (see review) but were so pleased to be able to catch them again, this time in support of The Kooks.
They made an impression with all their radio-friendly hits, including Swim and Cry Baby, with latest banger Hello Hello being a particular highlight. Catch them at a festival this summer if you can – they’re doing the summer big-time with appearances at Liverpool Sound City, The Great Escape, Secret Garden Party, Kendal Calling, Leeds and Reading. They’ll be capping that off with their biggest headline show to date at London’s o2 Forum in Kentish Town on 26 October – tickets here.
Photos by Phoebe Reeks
Follow-up to Drug Money, Make A Mess is the latest track from Avante Black, the alt-pop group fronted by Ottilia Zimmerman Kjulsten. It’s an uptempo, multi-layered and neatly-produced tune that helps to justify all the hype over the past year or so about them being one to watch.
Catch them next month at Dot To Dot (Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham – 26/27/28 May).
Avante Black – Make A Mess
Having just performed a headline London show last week, Portsmouth-based singer Jerry Williams continues to make waves with her latest track I’m Not In Love With You. Taken from her EP Let’s Just Forget It, Williams has become something of a Sync favourite thanks to her unique style, well-crafted hooks, and carefully constructed lyrics.
Jerry Williams – I’m Not In Love With You
It must be a strange feeling for a band being parachuted (not literally!) into a festival as replacements for another act. You can be sure that no-one has gone specifically to see you, and have to hit a high level to turn around those disappointed not to see the originally billed act. Django Django found themselves in this tricky position, having answered the call to replace Arrested Development who were forced to cancel due to illness.
The group flew back from Germany earlier in the day for this festival performance at the family-oriented Camp Bestival, close to the Dorset coast in South West England. The crowd is a strange mix of music fans at the very front, along with groups of families of all ages pitched up with picnic blankets, deckchairs and trolleys to wheel their little ones around the site. To be honest, you get the distinct impression that music is not the primary reason for most attendees but nevertheless, the Django’s got things moving on from the kids entertainment acts that form the earlier part of the day’s schedule – and it can be no enviable task to have to follow the likes of the Chuckle Brothers let’s face it!
Their set included a mix of old and new. From their self-titled debut album came Hail Bop and Default, whilst Shake and Tremble, Reflections and First Light were all among the tracks given an airing from last year’s follow up Born Under Saturn. It was pretty clear that most of the crowd had no prior awareness of the band, which made the eventual enthusiasm all the more impressive.
It was the usual lively and energetic performance from the quartet, who were absolutely on-point and massively improved from the last time we saw them, heading up the NME Awards Tour way back in 2013. Their harmonies were spot-on, links were slick, and above all else, they were clearly having a great time, and this transmitted to the crowd which had up to that point been pretty lifeless despite the beautiful sunny weather. It got the Saturday night atmosphere up and running – and in that respect certainly did the following act (Katy B) a huge favour!
Photography © Sync.