The UK weather may be hit and miss at the moment but make no mistake: we are still in the thick of festival season with Leeds and Reading just around the corner. The BBC Introducing Stage line-ups have been announced and here is our shortlist of the best acts to grace the stage this year.
The Big Moon
With a debut single as impressive as Sucker and a live show as fun as the sets this four-piece have been playing through festival season so far, this is bound to be one of the most exciting Introducing sets in years. We’ve described their sound as “perfect for Club Skunk” and actually feel really lucky that we don’t have to go to a fictional 90s venue to see this band absolutely kill it.
With more of a punk approach to his project Childcare, ex-To Kill A King’s Ed Cares combines elements as varied as ska basslines, thrashing guitars and shifting vocals to create amazingly layered, rhythmic tunes, all put together in a shimmery pop package with resplendent melodies.
Clean Cut Kid
A Liverpool four-piece on the rise, Clean Cut Kid dropped debut single, the hook-laden Vitamin C, in July. With 70s rock-inspired guitar and a funk-inspired rhythm section they’ve gained comparisons to acts from Vampire Weekend to Band of Skulls. How you can tell they’re gonna have a pop hit: they already have a Vevo.
Equal parts intense and devil-may-care, NARCS combine trenchant lyrics with ferocious energy and a good dose of classic alternative rock. Keeping busy in 2015 with countless gigs and press from Drowned in Sound and Artrocker, they’re set to release new single Blue Bags later this year on prolific Leeds label Clue Records.
On a label responsible for early releases from the likes of Haim and CHVRCHES, Leeds’ very own Vitamin seem to be in exactly the right place at National Anthem. Endorsed by BBC DJs like Huw Stephens and with a couple of awesome singles already under their belt, don’t miss their brand of shimmering synth pop on the Introducing stage.
BBC Introducing Stage / Reading & Leeds Festival / August 28-30th