Ones to Watch at Blissfields 2015

Blissfields 2015Taking place between 2nd and 5th July on site at Vicarage Farm, Hampshire; the acts performing at Blissfields 2015 perfectly suit a philosophy the festival has kept since it was born 14 years ago. In their endearing support of new musical talent and their penchant for selecting the very best headline talent, Blissfields doesn't disappoint, hand-picking and often nurturing artists from their local area and beyond. This has seen multiple acts rise through the ranks of their stages, from performing at the opening party on the Thursday night to headlining the main stage on Saturday.

Founded in a small field at Bradley Farm, near Alresford in 2001 – the independent festival has since grown to incorporate several large fields at Vicarage Farm, attracting thousands of music fans from across the UK every July. My first experience of Blissfields was in 2009, when Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons headlined what was to be the last event held at Bradley.  Since then, I’ve also witnessed artists as diverse as Crystal Castles, Patrick Wolf, Bastille, The Noisettes and Mystery Jets take on the top slot mantle. The bill may have changed, but the festival’s ethos remains the same: good music, all of the time, and all under the watchful eye of a community of people who are, for one weekend at least, the best of friends.

To hear more on why Blissfields is my favourite festival, download Issue 27 here.

In truth, you could stumble upon any number of performances at Blissfields and expect to be wowed. Part of the joy of a festival that celebrates new music so well, is the sheer amount of undiscovered talent on display. However, if the copious list of artists attending the event this year is simply too much to comprehend, below we list our ten ones to watch at Blissfields 2015. Have at it.

1// Lionface

When we attempted to see Lionface perform at last year's event, we were informed the introducing tent was at capacity and we couldn't go in - at 2am. Accordingly, they've been bumped to the tent stage and a Friday afternoon performance at Blissfields 2015. We'll be flying the Bristol flag high throughout their set.

2// Public Service Broadcasting

Fast becoming a mainstay of the British festival circuit, it's with a warm, fuzzy feeling that we anticipate watching Public Service Broadcasting at Blissfields 2015. Reliably entertaining, this year comes with added "Gagarin". Dancing shoes, on.

3// Beans on Toast

A Blissfields mainstay, if you leave the festival without having seen Beans perform, your experience is incomplete. Find him in the Hidden Hedge, up a tree or in a teepee - he's always great.

4// Curxes

One of many underrated gems on show at Blissfields 2015; Brighton duo CURXES are a very welcome addition to the line-up. We've yet to see them perform live, but with songs like "Valkyrie" on their side, we doubt they can go too badly wrong.

5// Cosmo Sheldrake

Primed to freak us out before our afternoon nap, Cosmo's experimental lo-fi will perfectly compliment a lazy festival afternoon simple a jug of Pimms.

6// Spring King

Spring King, on the other hand, are set to blast away the last dregs of hangover on Saturday afternoon. Fast-paced, frantic and extremely vital, we just hope the sound allows this punk band to the victory they deserve.

7// Flo Morrissey

Don't panic! When the humdrum gets a little too much, Flo Morrissey will be on hand to mop up your tears. Yet another example of Blissfields supporting new talent, Flo recently released her debut album, Tomorrow Will be Beautiful.

8// Gengahr

New Transgressive darlings Gengahr are also recently in receipt of a debut album, A Dream Outside, which they will no doubt wow their crowd with, especially if the sun comes out to play.

9// Plastic Mermaids

This is what bliss is made out of. We might purposefully create a hangover just so Plastic Mermaids can soothe our head with added effect.

10// Ekkah

It's a little known fact that Blissfields once hosted a young Sam Smith as an emerging artist. This year, Ekkah take up the pop mantle. Break out the glitter.

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