5 Must See Acts – Glastonbury 2017

#Festival Check out our ‘5 Must See Acts’ for Glastonbury 2017. 4 newbies + 1 classic

Glastonbury’s a big one. There is literally too much to choose from. Sure, you’ll be hitting the Pyramid, Other and West Holts stages to see the likes of Radiohead, Little Dragon, Toots & The Maytals, Wiley and the rest of BBK, Haim (we caught their secret set at Primavera and it was very, very good!) and Ata Kak. But what about the acts you’re maybe not that familiar with?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover the best up and coming acts on the bill plus one classic act who you may have missed. These are our ‘Must See Acts’ for Glastonbury 2017.

Josh Barry (@joshbarrymusic)

Yes, this is the same Josh Barry that wowed crowds on BGT back in 2010. He’s come a long way since then and was this year deservedly crowned winner of the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition. You’ll have not one but four opportunities to catch his soul-folk vibes and undeniable vocal talent.

Where: (1) The Rabbit Hole / (2) BBC Introducing / (3) John Peel Stage / (4) Greenpeace – Engine Room
Showtimes: (1) Thursday 22 June @ 23:15 / (2) Friday 23 June @ 17:30 / (3) Saturday 24 June @ 11:00 / (4) Saturday 24 June @ 14:00

Matt “Jam” Lamont (@MattJamLamont)

If Wiley is the grandfather of grime, then Matt “Jam” Lamont could be given the same title for UK Garage (alongside his partner in crime (Karl “Tuff Enuff” Brown). He’ll be kicking off an absolute road block of a night on the Clash stage. You will definitely not want to miss this one.

Where: Clash
Showtimes: Friday 23 June @ 22:00

Young Yizzy (@Official_Yizzy)

We are BIG fans of this South London grime youngster and featured his track This Is Life on the blog last month. Expect brutally honest lyrics and equally tough beats.

Where: (1) The Blues / (2) The Rabbit Hole
Showtimes: (1) Saturday 24 June @ 14:00 / (2) Saturday 24 June @ 17:00

Keir (@soundofkeir)

“Er, WTF!?” (like in a shocked and totally good way) was pretty much our response when we first heard Keir’s live performance of ‘Squeeze Me’. It’s not only his range but the control he has over it that blew us away. There’s power in them lungs!

Where: BBC Introducing
Showtimes: Saturday 24 June @ 13:35

The Pale White (@thepalewhite)

We have to thank Drums Eat Everything again for putting us on to The Pale White. Their take on that infectious stripped back rock format is just spot on and we hear their live shows are pretty belting too.

Where: BBC Introducing
Showtimes: Sunday 25 June @ 16:15

Pack light, be safe, have fun. That’s all we have to say on the matter. Oh, and go and see all of the above acts.


5 Must See Acts – Sónar (2017)

#Festival Here’s our ‘5 Must See Acts’ playing at Sónar (Barcelona) next week

We made the decision to camp out in the Catalan capital of Barcelona for festival season this year and boy are we enjoying ourselves. Not only a whole bevy of sublime musical action but also sunshine, beaches, mountains and a city rivalled by few others in Europe for culture.

Our first pilgrimage to Barcelona for Sónar was seven years back now. Over the three days and nights we found ourselves going ‘Bonkers’ on the front row at Dizzee’s set, caught The Sugar Hill Gang followed by Hudson Mohawke (what programming), mellowed out for an afternoon with Moodymann and closed out our time by finally seeing The Chemical Brothers live.

Whilst not in keeping with our normal approach of hyping great new music and artists, we thought we’d indulge ourselves (and you of course) by shouting our “5 Must See Acts” over the three Day and Night portions of the festival. If you’re in town for the festival, make sure you catch these sets, oh and don’t be shy, drop a message over Twitter and say hi. We’re always up for a chin wag about music over a gluten free Daura in the sunshine.

Arca (live) + Jesse Kanda (AV) (@arca1000000 / @jessekanda)

Arca’s haunting audio design styles came to a head on his recent self titled album released on XL. When you add Jesse Kanda’s visual genius you really do have something to behold.

Where: SonarHall
Showtime: Thursday 15 June @ 21:00

Fat Freddy’s Drop (@fatfreddysdrop1)

These guys have literally soundtracked our lives since they dropped their debut album ‘Based on a True Story’. We’ve seen them live a number of times now at both gigs and festivals and they always bring a new flavour on their tunes.

Where: SonarVillage / SonarPub
Showtime: Friday 16 June @ 19:35 / Saturday 17 June @ 23:00

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals (@AndersonPaak)

Nothing but fun from Andy and his band. Seeing this live will be a treat. Yes Lawd!

Where: SonarPub
Showtime: Friday 16 June @ 23:30

Thundercat (@Thundercat)

Bringing effect laden bass and slightly off the wall lyrics into your living room. Better still, watch him do it live, this cat can really play.

Where: SonarDôme
Showtime: Saturday 17 June @ 19:35

t q d [a.k.a Royal T / DJ Q / Flava D] (@tqdukg)

UK Bassline heavyweights unite! Anyone that spent any time listening to UK club music in the late 90s / early 00s knows exactly what’s going down at this set.

Where: SonarLab
Showtime: Sunday 18 June @ 00:40

Obviously there’s a whole host of other great acts on the line up, but these ones are definitely top of our list. Have fun in the sun guys and definitely drop us a line over Twitter if you’re in town.

4 Must See Sets – Gottwood (2017)

#FestivalPreview Here’s our ‘4 Must See Sets’ at Gottwood, Anglesey, Wales next week

It’s all things electric in the next in our line of festival previews. Gottwood is an electronic music and art festival set on the island of Anglesey in the north west of Wales, UK. This year sees it celebrating it’s 8th anniversary and once again the line up for this mystical little party hidden in the middle of the woods is stunning. As is now customary, we look beyond the top of the roster to bring you our list of “4 Must See Sets” at the festival.

Jive Talk (F: JiveTalkDjs)

Jive Talk is a disco flavoured collaboration made up of Jonny Tawn and Sam Wigg. They’re taking over the Captain Cabeza Stage on the Friday afternoon of the festival and if this teaser mix is anything to go by, it’s not to be missed.

Where: Captain Cabeza Stage
Showtime: Friday 9 June @ 14:00

Rich Reason (T: @djrichreason)

The omnipresent Rich Reason (LEVELZ / HIT & RUN / RiOt JaZz / WHP) is an absolute boss behind the decks. We caught many a set of his during our four fun years in Manchester, all spurred on by this tune…

Where: The Barn (HIT & RUN Takeover)
Showtime: Saturday 10 June @ 11:30

Nanny Banton (T: @Amen_BrotherMCR)

Straight up, no f**king about, Jungle and D&B.

Where: The Barn (HIT & RUN Takeover)
Showtime: Sunday 11 June @ 3:10

Benny Maths (T: @areyoulouche)

One third of nomadic disco, house and techno collective Hold It Down, Benny Maths also knows how to bring the flavour solo. I mean just look at the track list for his ‘Errors In Record Store’ set.

Where: The Barn
Showtime: Sunday 11 June @ 13:30

Miss these sets at your peril people.

5 Must See Acts – Camden Rocks (2017)

#FestivalPreview Here’s our ‘5 Must See Acts’ playing at Camden Rocks Festival next week

The promoters let you know what to expect with this one “The Rock & Roll street party of the year. 250 Bands, 25 Venues, One Day, One Ticket”. Once again, we’ve looked below the headliners to dig through the remaining 230+ bands are worth a look. Her are our “5 Must See Acts” for Camden Rocks 2017.

Grounds (@GROUNDSBand)

There’s nothing stuttering about the output of this monstrous sounding London three piece. They are absolutely owning their sound and style.

Where: The Good Mixer, 30 Inverness Street, NW1 7HJ
Showtime: Saturday 3 June @ 14:00

Weirds (@weirdsband)

Is it all out rock, is it prog rock? Heck we don’t know but what we do know is that Weirds kick some serious scuzz filled guitar ass! We do like the more laid back organ vibes in the verse of their recent cut ‘Phantom’.

Where: Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, NW1 7AN
Showtime: Saturday 3 June @ 15:00

Reigning Days (@Reigningdays)

Such a complete sound for so few people in a band. Between the three of them Reigning Days pack a serious punch with their chunky bass, thunderous drums and guitar lickage.

Where: Devonshire Arms, 33 Kentish Town Rd, NW1 8NL
Showtime: Saturday 3 June @ 20:00

BlackWaters (@BlackWaters_UK)

Rapid fire modern punk with vocals that cut through the clatter with clarity.

Where: Belushi’s, 48-50 Camden High Street, NW1 0LT
Showtime: Saturday 3 June @ 21:00

Broken Witt Rebels (@Brokenwittrebel)

Representing the blues sound with aplomb, Broken Witt Rebels combine whisky soaked vocals with guillotine sharp drums and a chorus of guitar hooks.

Where: Lyttelton Arms, 1 Camden High Street, NW1 7JE
Showtime: Saturday 3 June @ 21:00

A good spread of rock (and blues) styles to choose from. You won’t be disappointed with any of these lot. Now, get out and enjoy some kick ass live music.

5 Must See Acts – Liverpool Sound City (2017)

#FestivalPreview Our ‘5 Must See Acts’ playing at Liverpool Sound City

Festival season has definitely kicked in and it’s only May! Next weekend sees the 10th anniversary of Liverpool Sound City and they’ve gone big with the line up. As always, Dash ‘n’ Verve have dug below the surface to unearth the best up and coming new talent you should be making your way to see. Here’s our pick of “5 Must See Acts” that will be playing over the bank holiday weekend.


Scuzzy, indie-rock with a healthy dollop of guttural bass bounce and a great vocal lead.

Where: The Atlantic Stage
Showtime: Saturday 27 May @ 12:30

K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade (@ZongoBrigade)

Good time afro-fusion inspired fun with splashes of D&B and reggae from this full band set up. We could dance all day and night to this.

Where: The Cavern Stage
Showtime: Saturday 27 May @ 21:15

Oya Paya (@weareOyaPaya)

Are they a band, a rap collective, an exotic fruit you’ve never heard of before? We know they’re not the latter and we also know that we are big fans of their creative combination of styles (blues, hip-hop, R&B, spice) they throw into the cooking pot that they make their music in.

Where: Tim Peaks Diner Tent
Showtime: Sunday 28 May @ 12:15

The Golden Age of TV (@tgaotv)

Springy guitars and keys sounds, punchy pop drums and a vocal that is soft, haunting and mighty all at the same time.

Where: The Cavern Stage
Showtime: Sunday 28 May @ 12:50

The Baltic States (@TheBalticStates)

Commanding and powerful vocals, sturdy and expansive sonic backdrops. This will be a wonder to watch live.

Where: The Pirate Studio Stage
Showtime: Sunday 28 May @ 20:30

Plenty on show there to please all tastes. Get out and support these awesome acts if you’re at Liverpool Sound City.

* All times correct at the time of going to press and subject to change. Check the Sound City website for more up to date details.