1. The Joy Formidable


Reading Timings used: Saturday, Main Stage

The Welsh Trio finally starting to get the recognition that they deserve, if you haven’t seen them already they can’t be missed – but they are better in an indoor venue, not that this gig wont be brilliant. Trust me you wont be disappointed.

For Those Who Like: Sonic Youth and Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Best Tracks: The Last Drop, The Greatest Light Is the Greatest Shade and Whirring

2. Cults

Saturday, Festival Republic Stage

Lo-fi Pop from New York, Cults have an addictive up beat sound and vocals captured best in Go Outside the lead track from their first album. It will be interesting to see if they can pull it off live.

For Those Who Like: Belle And Sebastian

Best Tracks: Go Outside, Most Wanted and Oh My God

3. Dutch Uncles

Saturday, Festival Republic Stage

Manchester based indie group on their second album, Cadenza is a very complex record which deserves more people to descover the Dutch Uncles, it only reached 174 in the Uk album charts. Also Listen to Face In.

For Those Who Like: Radiohead and Foals

Best Tracks: Cadenza, Face In and X-O

4. Smith Westerns

Saturday, Festival Republic Stage

The Smith Westerns are well worth a listen although they appear to clash with Everything Everything in The NME Tent. Their brand of Garage/Glam Indie Rock should tempt away from the main venues, listen to the second album first.

For Those Who Like: David Bowie and Suede

Best Tracks: Weekend, End Of The Night and Imagine Pt. 3

5. Tribes

Sunday, Festival Republic Stage

A Recent Discovery with only an Ep, We Were Children to their name thus far with a debut album in the works.  They have a big future ahead of them and aren’t a band that you should miss at this year’s Festival.

For Those Who Like: Anything Brit-pop and Pavement

Best Tracks: Sappho, Girlfriend and We Were Children

By Oscar B. Wilson

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