25th Aug 2012 2:51pm | By Editor
Purging the London festival landscape of its homogenised, alt-MOR leanings is Shoreditch’s leftfield quirkfest in the heart of the city’s cauldron of cool.
Celebrating the types who love their DIY individuality over pandering to mainstream acceptance, the likes of Leeds hardcore group Eagulls rub shoulders with headliners Dutch punk outfit Savages, and grunge rockers Arrows of Love share a stage with noisesmiths Iceage, with a plethora of musical styles on show.
Indie dancers Coastal Cities bring a spot of sun-drenched shape-throwing to the show, along with pop saviours Citizens! and indie rockers The Neat.
Perennial oddball and prolific workman Steve Morell joins the bill, with The Duke Spirit (above) sure to be received like returning champs, and the Buzzcocks occupying the prestigious original innovators slot.
Public Service Broadcasting, whom we championed in these pages back in March, embodies the festival’s spirit as live and sampled beats clash, set to old public service broadcasts, with instrumentation laid over the top (everything from a mandolin to crunching guitar riffs), yet without sacrificing a pop sensibility.
It’s music that’s confident of its place and purpose, with something to say, yet shorn of any nonsensical, style-first posing.
If you want to see some of the hippest acts and artists working out there right now, or want to see someone you’ve never even heard of before (and probably won’t see again anytime soon) this unpredictable line-up is a sure bet.
There’s also a host of local after parties (Shacklewell Arms, Underbelly) to choose from, too.
Sat, Sept 1 | Doors at 12.30 | £20+
Tube | Old Street
A smaller entry in the festival calendar, this Norfolk weekend comes towards the end of the season. Saturday is pure pop with the likes of Olly Murs, Katy B and Pixie Lott.
Sunday goes for a dance slant, with Chase and Status (live) headlining, alongside Sub Focus, Zane Lowe (above) and Labrinth.
There’s a Friday opening party, as well as Saturday and Sunday after party bashes as well, so see the summer out with style.
September 1-2. £55 weekend ticket
Norfolk Showground, NR5 0TT
Station | Norwich
They’ve been on a six-year exile that most, with little word to the contrary from the band, interpreted as an end-of-the-road split.
The California indie rockers, though, have returned and bring their juxtaposing electronica-meets-Americana tunes to town, alongside the vinyl-only reissue of their first three albums.
Tues, Sept 4. 7pm £20
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT
Station | She Bu
The Rhode Islanders eschewed the folky, soulful tunings of their earlier output for this year’s fourth record, Divine Providence, a long player that aimed to capture their riotous live sound.
It succeeded, serving up a cornucopia of tracks of cacophonous, bar room rock-outs, primed for small, intimate shows like this.
Wed, Sept 5. 7.30pm £13
Scala, 275-277 Pentonville Road, N1 9NL
Tube | King’s Cross
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