It’s no doubt it has been an incredible summer of music, and it’s not over yet as the legendary Reading and Leeds Festival takes place this weekend. With dozens of acts playing across 8 stages over 3 days, there is lot to choose from. As always the Already Heard team has got together to pick out what we think are the 20 must-see acts at Reading and Leeds 2014.
Bloody Knees are the latest band to emerge from the UK lo-fi punk scene. On August 25th the quartet release their new EP, 'Stitches' which promises to be a catchy and raw in equal measures. We spoke to vocalist Bradley Griffiths to discuss the new EP, joining Dog Knights Productions, being part of the UK emo and lo-fi resurgence and more.
If metalcore is your thing then say hello to From Her Eyes. The Welsh quartet are exclusively streaming their debut EP 'Demons' right here on Already Heard.
With Southsea Fest fast approaching (can you tell I’m excited?) I’ve decided to pick a selection of bands playing this year for this weeks Something For The Weekend. Both Huw Olesker And The Bare Backers and El Morgan are Southsea locals, whilst Cycle Schmeichel are simply welcome visitors to the sea side town.
Stylistically this is probably one of our most varied SFTW’s with reggae, acoustic punk and emo all rearing their heads, which very much suits the ethos of the upcoming festival. Enjoy!
Huw Olesker & The Bare Backers
For Fans Of: Reggae and Pirates Of The Caribbean.
Huw Olesker & The Bare Backers can be summed up in three words: eclectic, fun and infectious. Their latest five track EP flirts with a variety of styles but always remains identifiably Bare Backers. A lot of bands claim that they simply record music “for the fun of it” but this genuinely seems to be case with the 'Whatever Happened To Lilt?' EP. It also has a picture of Terry Wogan on the cover and that can never be a bad thing.
Huw Olesker & The Barebackers on Facebook.
For Fans Of: Helen Chambers and Ren Spits At Magpies.
El Morgan plays Country-influenced Folk with a captivating amount of honesty. Having caught her playing the gatehouse at WTFest earlier this month, I can confidently say that she can make even the most open environment feel intimate. She currently has two EP’s available to download and both are lovely. El is also one quarter of Livers And Lungs.
For Fans Of: Snowing and DADS.
Cycle Schmeichel are an indie/emo two piece who formed in 2009. Their two track demo and début EP (both of which are free to download) earned them a solid fan base and shows with Bird Calls, Prawn and What Ape! If they ever get around to releasing new material, than I believe that 2013 could easily be their year in Emo circles.
Words by Richard Heaven