FestEVOL's Top 9 Must See Artists

THE 40-band spectacular is only a matter of days away, Liverpool's FestEVOL returns, this year being bigger than ever to Camp and Furnace.

Headlining the shenanigans are superstar Juliette & The Licks and Scottish musician, Steve Mason.

The likes of Blossoms, Hooton Tennis Club and The Vryll Society will celebrate the very best of Northern music, set to shake proceedings to the very core.

Other notable bands include female-fronted, kick-ass Black Honey, Dead Buttons and Feral Love.

The Music Manual will also be covering the event as a part of an hour-long special on Bay TV.

Offering up something different, Lauren, Jenni and Siobhan had the hard challenge of choosing their Top 9 Alternative Must Sees of FestEVOL 2016.

Hidden Charms // 8.30pm, Camp Stage

Bringing a rough and ready type of psychedelia, these four lads from London had two releases in 2015 with Dreaming of Another Girl and Love You Because You're There, both on Deltasonic Records. This year started off with a number of gigs around the UK and Europe, also announcing a number of festivals such as Great Escape and have received airplay on BBC Radio. A studio album in the Summer could be a strong possibility, but one thing is for sure, a lot more is to come from these bluesy rock'n'rollers.

Scarlet // 5.45pm, District

Fronted by super siren, Jessie Robinson, Merseyside's up and coming superstars, Scarlet have had a busy year from being picked to jet off to Georgia for Tbilisi Open Air Festival to recording their debut album at the Motor Museum. The announcement slots at September Girls and Telegram's double headline show, We Luv Festival and LIMF brings yet more excitement for the quartet. Standing up for gals and guys everywhere, Scarlet are a band leading the way in both gender and music equality.

Psycho Comedy // 6.15pm, The Blade Factory

Still to reach a year old, these guys have been kicking up a storm in the last few months, having recorded their EP with Gil Norton, Pixies, Echo and the Bunnymen and Patti Smith, it’s an exciting time for Liverpool's Psycho Comedy. Brandishing their take of progressive punk with memorable riffs and a numbing hypnosis, the fivesome really have something to brag about.

By The Sea // 12.45pm, District

Wirral band By The Sea are always bopping about, recording their third album with label, War Room Records a matter of weeks ago they're no strangers at bringing their escape pop to Merseyside's commercial shores. With upcoming gigs including Teenage Fanclub at Gorilla, Manchester and many more yet to be announced, the resurgence of these local legend couldn't have come at a better time.

Indigo Moon // 3.45pm, District

Ready for lift off are Liverpudlian quintet, Indigo Moon. Shimmering psychedelic melodies fronted by sky high, haunting vocals all blanketed by a bluesy rock atmosphere best sum up Indigo Moon. Their set will certainly be out of this world, one you'll be sorry to miss.

The Orielles // 5pm, The Camp Stage

Jacked up rockers with an urge to pull away from the classic noughties sound, The Orielles are another Merseyside threesome who spend their time between Liverpool and Halifax when they're taking a breather from their hectic tour schedule. Hinting towards taking their sound across the Atlantic, The Orielles, are having a fantastic run, who knows where FestEVOL will take them.

Sankofa // 11.15pm, The Blade Factory

Blues-rock foursome, Sankofa have an ability to switch from an unwavering fierceness to a subdued tenderness, certainly set to ruffle a few feathers at Sunday's festivities. With a lot more to come this year, Sankofa have a brilliant platform to shine on.

Tom Low // 3.15pm, The Blade Factory

Starting out a year ago and already announced as playing Sound City, local musician, Tom Low has a melodic psych sound putting years upon his music. Releasing debut EP on Liverpool label, Deltasonic, his heavily influenced Beatle tracks have attracted the likes of BBC Radio 6 and C Duncan, and the constant stream of new material opens up a fruitful career ahead.

Blossoms // 1am, The Camp Stage

Manchester's must see rising band of 2016, Blossoms are spending their summer playing a plethora of festivals across the UK. The band have been names The Guardian's “New band of the week” and came fourth in the BBC Sound of 2016 list. If you fancy some catchy Indie psych-pop that’s streaked with 60’s elements, Blossoms are the band for you.

Ohmns // 9.15pm, The Blade Factory

Local circuit favourite, Ohmns have a notoriously rowdy rep, playing garage music to the very breadths of the genre. Keeping a low profile of social media and springing up for a number of bad-ass gigs, Ohmns are definitely not to be missed.

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Words Lauren Jones, Siobhan Corcoran and Jenni Kickhefer.


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