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Top indie picks for Reading and Leeds 2017

With just a little over two months to go until the annual party kicks off, I’ve chosen what I think may be my five best indie highlights of Reading and Leeds festival 2017!

 

The Magic Gang

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The Brighton-based four piece have proven themselves to be one of the most remarkable bands in indie music this year, supporting Circa Waves back in April and also embarking on their own headline tour. The band broke through in 2016 with support slots with Wolf Alice and Swim Deep securing them a large fan base and a reputation as Britain’s best up and coming live band.

See them on the Friday at Reading and the Saturday at Leeds

 

VANT

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I was lucky enough to catch these guys supporting You Me At Six back in October. Their politically fueled lyrics promise to inspire thoughts on the general self-destruction of mankind and the issues affecting the majority of us today. VANT are definitely one to watch if you like some meaning in your music, coupled with killer vocals and an urge to jump in the moshpit.

See them on the Sunday at Reading and the Friday at Leeds

 

The Japanese House

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Amber Bain is some serious inspiration. The solo artist supported current indie legends The 1975 on their arena tour back in December. Since then I can’t get enough of Bain’s sparkling, shoegazey sound. The Japanese House is fairly enigmatic, inciting mystery around the meaning of the name and a possible collaboration with The 1975. If you’re into a more distinctive, individual vibe then The Japanese House is not one to miss.

See them on the Saturday at Reading and the Sunday at Leeds

 

Declan McKenna

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Its hard to find a bigger breakthrough act than Declan McKenna. The 18 year old sky-rocketed to fame after winning Glastonbury Festival’s emerging talent competition back in 2015. Despite his age, McKenna has amassed a huge following, fans admiring his raspy vocals and sharp-tonged stage humour. His songs feature potent deeper lyrical meaning, capturing the hearts of hundreds and thousands of teens worldwide.

See him on the Friday at Reading and the Saturday at Leeds

 

INHEAVEN

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I caught INHEAVEN supporting Circa Waves back in April and I have to admit, these guys are insane live. A combination of some killer guitar tone mixed with an overall gloomy indie-rock vibe – INHEAVEN are a haze of distorted guitars and are not one to miss this year.

See them on the Saturday at Reading and the Sunday at Leeds

 

Reading Festival will occur on the 25th to the 27th of August at Richfield Avenue and Leeds Festival at Bramham Park

Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.readingfestival.com/reading-festival-2017-tickets http://www.leedsfestival.com/tickets-0

(Cover image by Getty, Images of The Magic Gang, VANT, The Japanese House and INHEAVEN by Lucy Kingsford, Image of Declan McKenna by Meg Firth.)

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This is what it looked like when Royal Blood rocked Cambridge!

Back in April, Brighton rockers Royal Blood announced an intimate four-date UK tour during May. The band look set to smash this year with the upcoming release of their second album How Did We Get So Dark? and a massive UK arena tour lined up later this year.

I headed down to the Cambridge Corn Exhange to join in with the hype

Personally, I find Royal Blood nothing short of remarkable, the band consists of only bassist, Mike Kerr and drummer, Ben Thatcher. However, despite only being a duo the band are able to create some seriously killer sounds which set Cambridge alight with the flames of pure and gritty hard rock.

This was reflected in the audience; a mix of the young, possibly attending their first concert and the old(er), proving that Royal Blood have managed to rack up a massive fan base in the mere 4 years they’ve been together. The atmosphere at the concert was wild with people relentlessly moshing and singing along to every lyric.

Royal Blood have succeeded in igniting immense anticipation in as to where the band will go next. I cannot wait to see what new heights the upcoming arena tours will bring to them!

Words and photos by Lucy Kingsford

In photos – The 1975 at the 02 Arena

2016 proved to be a remarkable year for The 1975. The Manchester indie rockers smashed last year, proving themselves to be one of the most current exciting forces in music around.

Beginning with the release of their second album ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet Unaware Of It’, the band now boast Brit Awards, Mercury Prize and NME nominations, as well as topping both The UK and US charts.

To top it all off, the band then embarked on a huge arena tour, selling out the 02 within just 3 hours! I was there to capture the event. (15th of December)

As a photographer, I tend to notice the things your usual concert goer wouldn’t see. The 1975’s visuals were a true work of art, the stage lit with an extravagant light show of skyscrapers and those now iconic ‘glowing rectangles’ hanging above. Matty himself was rocking a strange combination of a suit and slippers, wine glass in hand, creating a real spectacle of a show. Something truly eye-catching and memorable, a hint of edginess alongside an unforgettable performance, compromising odd dance moves with dark and atmospheric instrumentals.

The 02 was a truly beautiful night and emotion in the venue was clear. Fans cheering and crying, expressing a strong love towards the band and for music. Matty addressed a shroud hanging over many young people’s shoulders, delivering a powerful and motivating brexit speech which created a dynamic sense of unity throughout the venue. A night where everyone could feel accepted and as one.

To say that the band have had a successful past year may be somewhat of an understatement and I’m sure that we’re all looking forward to seeing where 2017 takes The 1975 next.

The band are playing a sell out show as part of BRITs week in aid of War Child at The Dome, Tufnell Park London on the 21st of February. More info can be found here: http://www.dometufnellpark.co.uk/all-events-1/2017/2/21/the-1975