Even though Boomtown Fair is essentially a music festival, my friends and I got up to so much during our time there that we didn’t even spend that much time checking out bands. We made a plan in advance to see headliners Gorillaz and Die Antwoord but that was about it. Then there were some bands we discovered on the off chance.
This is probably my favourite part of any festival to be honest; discovering new bands! Some were recommended to us and some artists we just stumbled across whilst exploring random venues. Once or twice we just ducked into random places to shelter from the rain and discovered some awesome artists then.
Here are some I absolutely loved discovering and will absolutely be seeing again.
OH MY GOD IT’S THE CHURCH
I had no idea what to expect when we went to check out this artist, courtesy of a recommendation from PicnMix Festival Kit – they tagged me on an Instagram photo of a curious looking guy dressed in an all gold suit and grabbing his crotch, insisting I go see them! I don’t really know how to explain Oh My God It’s The Church, but I also read a fab interview they did with Jess at Where’s My Tent blog and when asked what can be expected from their shows and they replied ‘Confessin, blessin, and undressin. Oh, and our holy water- absinthe. Lots and lots of absinthe!’ which I think is the best way to sum it them all up really! The shows consist of plenty of upbeat songs you can’t help but sing and dance your little heart to, lots of praise for all the so-bad-it’s-good-stuff and just a general really good (and offbeat) time. I’d 100% recommend going to see these live; no matter what your music taste, you’re bound to love them.
SONIC BOOM SIX
I’ve seen Sonic Boom Six quite a few times now because Briony is an ultimate fan girl but they never fail to dissapoint. The no-holds barred five piece punk band have been on the scene for years but, what I love about them is how different they are. Vocals are split between Paul Barnes and Laila Khan (who I have a total girl crush on. Seriously. She’s gorgeous and always looks so edgy/stylish. One time she saw us get in a mini car crash and told us she felt so bad for us!), but the band actually sing about some really important issues – take, for example, their single No Man No Right. It has an important message behind it but is still great to see live and gets you up and ready to riot.
We caught Dub Pistols at the Town Centre stage on the Saturday afternoon I think it was. Basically at this point I was nearly all tired out and just wanted a lay in instead of a whole day of partying, but despite being very tired and hungover, as soon as we arrived, they wasted no time before getting us dancing and hyped up. The band are kind of a mix between ska and electronic which I didn’t think I’d love – but I did. Even when my legs were killing me, I still couldn’t help dancing along. I really loved their song Mucky Weekend too, which seemed ever so fitting for the festival for more than one reason. I definitely sung at the top of my lungs to this one!
POPES OF CHILLITOWN
I mean, I don’t remember a whole lot about this band, only that the lead singer was really hot and overall, the band was really talented. They’re another ska/punk band (noticing a trend here?) and we saw these packed into a rather small tent where it was sweaty inside and raining outside..basically how a band should be seen, no? They reminded me of a more punk version of Jamie T, and I definitely loved having a little mosh along to these. If you like rock music, however, you’ll more than likely enjoy their set, even if you aren’t a ska fan.
Okay, this one isn’t entirely true because I didn’t discover them at Boomtown Fair…I’ve known of Enter Shikari for many, many years now and have seen them live a good few times. In fact, I even saw them in a tiny bar in Luton when they first started out – I mean, they are local boys so it’s weird to see how far they’ve come since then! I like a few of their songs – the most popular ones – but have never really been a fan or even sat down to listen to them probably. But it’s time to throw in the towel and admit defeat – I do kinda actually really love their stuff and seeing their performance at the festival swayed me entirely from a casual liker to a full on fan. Their set was amazing (all the fire and fireworks and just the atmosphere was such a stark change to the first time I saw them!) and full of so much emotion and passion – I just remember feeling so much love for the people around me during the last few songs (although that may have been the alcohol!). Ever since then, I’ve wanted to watch the set again. I think I’ll definitely be booking tickets to see them headline a show soon.
What are some artists you’ve discovered at music festivals? Let me know!