Ones to Watch at Bestival 2014 Bestival 2014What is Bestival if not a glittery, fairy tale of a parallel universe? Well, a festival, I suppose. But with enchanted forests and inflatable churches, Bollywood tents, fancy dress, face paint, mask-making workshops and an amphitheatre hosting an array of mind-boggling-ly talented spoken word artists, it’s certainly a special one. There’s so much to do, it’s almost as though the organisers are trying to steal you away from the main reason you’re there. Hint: it’s the music. This year, however, Bestival 2014 boasts a line up from which you certainly do not want to be stolen. Outkast, Foals, Beck and مرتبطة هنا Basement Jaxx are at the top of the bill. That’ll be fun. Let your eyes wander further down, too, and you’ll see that the weekend is packed with exciting names, old and new. It’s going to be difficult enough to fit in climbing on the colourful letters, being  hungover, hugging people and making animals out of pipe cleaners and lollipop sticks as it is - not to mention all the really good music there is to see as well. Bestival, you are so inconsiderate/great!

Hopefully this list of 10 artists to watch at Bestival 2014 will help those attending this year…

قراءة رائعة TEMPLES: With their infectious melodies and a fun, summer corrupted by autumn-type vibes, Temples make Bestival-ready music that's compelling and catchy, in a guitar-riff-burned-onto-your-brain (and not “Call Me Maybe”) kind of way.


اذهب GLASS ANIMALS: Oxford quartet Glass Animals sound (and look) very much like what you’d imagine the quirky lovechild of Alt-J and Dan Croll to resemble - in a complimentary sense of the description. They released their debut album, ZABA, earlier this year and the consequent momentum is showing zero signs of dissipating as of yet. They’re young, fresh, new and energetic. Oh, and really good.


ساعات الفوركس DARKSIDE: a.k.a Nicolas Jaar and his touring guitarist Dave Harrington, are pretty cool. Their trademark sound is blues guitar suavity featuring wraith-like vocals – a moody, captivating, lingering melangé which has earned them rave review all round. And (sad face) the duo only has a handful of shows left to play before Darkside comes to an end. Granted, the announcement of this fact concluded with a nice anticipative, “For now…”, but still – not to be missed!


الحصول على إعادة توجيه هنا CHVRCHES: Having released a diamond of a debut album since playing Bestival last year, electro-punk-pop Glaswegian offering CHVRCHES find themselves back on the bill, this time taking a step up to the Big Top tent. They’re exciting, fun, peculiar and refreshing. And given how energetic they are recorded, a set in the September sun is bound to be quite an experience.


jobba hemifrån imri WOLF ALICE: Wolf Alice flit between dark guitar strumming and girlish vocal screaming of sweetness laced with something else. DrunkenWerewolf's had them earmarked for success since the beginning of their career, and considering just how impressive Wolf Alice continue to be in 2014, our support's not likely to subside anytime soon. Take this opportunity to see them before they explode.

. LAURA MVULA: Laura Mvula has whipped up quite a storm, what with her expressive voice and songs bursting at the seams with soul. Her vocal is going to fill the tent and everyone will be dancing – no doubt the perfect setting in which to alleviate depression about the end of summer coming far too fast. Also worth popping along to if you’re a fan of good bone structure: Mvula’s got that box well and truly ticked, too.


شرحه ARTHUR BEATRICE: LDN quartet Arthur Beatrice (note: band, not person) are unusual-sounding and they’re rousing attention because of it. Folding the extraordinary voice of female ¼, Ella Girardot, into a technically fine-tuned-yet-smooth, sultry mix of romantic instrumentation makes for a creation sort of reminiscent of a happier Warpaint. We’re hazarding a guess that their set will be hypnotic and serene – certainly one worthy of taking a bit of time-out to sway along to.

. سوق السعودية PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING: Merging music, spoken word, actual archived public service broadcasts and other types of audio clip, Public Service Broadcasting are doing something unusual. They say they’re “attempting to teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future,” and take an original, innovative, adrenalized shot at doing so with their electro-meets-indie-rock outlook on what the “music of the future” constitutes.


فوركس netdania NICK MULVEY: Nick Mulvey has unusual influences coming out of his ears and into ours; from studying in Cuba to doing a degree focusing on African music. His debut album came out this year and, complete with unusual strumming patterns, off-kilter rhythmic structures and a comforting, captivating voice, Mulvey’s music is fundamentally lovely. Delightful, warming folk music with a bit of something else, he’s sure to put on a performance bursting with charm.

. DAN LE SAC V SCROOBIUS PIP: I’ve been saving this one ‘til last because Bestival will be, somewhat heartbreakingly, Dan le sac and Scroobius Pip’s last ever performance as a double act. Having graced the stages of the festival with their comedy genius, spoken word genius and putting-it-all-to-good-beats genius, Dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip have become somewhat of a permanent installment on the line-up. Their final set as a duo is sure to be an unforgettable end to the era before they both take off and do their own thing. In summary: do. not. miss. it.


Other honourable mentions, because 10 simply isn't enough: Bonobo, Caribou, Sam Smith, Wild Beasts, Mø, Tall Ships


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