As FestEvol takes over Camp and Furnace, Blade Factory and District on May 1, Getintothis’ Jake Marley details the artists you simply can’t miss – and we’ve got tickets to be won.
The sun maybe creeping out, but there’s a festive spirit in the air as that most magical of nights draws nearer. Yes, Liverpool music wizards Club Evol have finalised their star-studded lineup of artists set to take over the Baltic Triangle’s Camp & Furnace, Blade Factory and District come May 1 and it can’t get here soon enough.
The festival, co-headlined this year by Juliette Lewis and The Licks, Steve Mason and Blossoms, will feature up to 50 artists in its new Baltic based home, resulting in a drastic new look for the festival, but by retaining the much loved Evol spirit it’s hard to see this years event as anything other than a classic in the making.
With so many acts to catch we’ve done our darnedest to make sure there’s not a moment you’re left anything but impressed by presenting our snapshot (in no particular order) of who to seek out during this spectacular one-day event. To make it all the more un-missable we’ve also included those oh so precious stages times for each of the four stages.
Oh and if you were still thinking of missing it, think again as we’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away to the big day itself. To enter our competition simply:
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Now, if you’re sitting comfortably, we shall begin.
1. Hooton Tennis Club – Furnace Stage – May 1 – 21:00
2015 was a crazy year for Heavenly Recordings gems Hooton Tennis Club and 2016 is all set to be even crazier. The transformation from a bedroom-demoing Wirral band to a national prospect in just over a year is staggering. Their 2016 nomination for The GIT Award, makes it three years in a row for the quartet who’ve become BBC 6 Music favourites thanks to Lauren Laverne and their highly acclaimed debut record Highest Point In Cliff Town. Set to play some of the biggest festivals around this year, and with 2016’s SXSW already under their belt, you’d be stupid to miss Hooton Tennis Club back on home turf.
2. Pumarosa – Camp Stage – May 1 – 16:30
Pumarosa reached the highest of woozy, almost hallucinogenic pop heights with recent single Cecile. If you couple that with seven-and-a-half minute wonder Priestess then you’ve got a top band on your hands after just two singles. Don’t pass up the chance to hear them live with when they take to the Camp stage, it might be the last intimate invite you get.
3. The Vryll Society – Camp Stage – May 1 – 22:30
Just home from a headline UK tour, GIT Award 2016 nominees The Vryll Society are fast becoming a live favourite across the North West and beyond. Having recently pulled out of an O2 Academy support slot with Blossoms the band will be making up for lost time, expect the big guns, we just hope Juliette knows what she’s got to follow!
4. Black Honey – Camp Stage – May 1 – 21:30
Black Honey just go from strength to strength, groove to groove. Feisty, flamingo flying, festival favourites. Fronted by the ever-excitable Izzy Bee, they’re barrels and barrels of fun live. Latest number All My Pride can be found on Radio 1 and Beats 1 and that says it all really, big things are on the horizon.
5. ZUZU – Furnace Stage – May 1 – 18:00
ZUZU packs bundles of energy within her spiky, rhythmic pop-punk delights. Slacker guitars and an ever so slight scouse charm makes for beautiful stuff, perfect for the big stage. Where’d You Go, a live demo of infectious melodies and ZUZU’s only track online, provides just a snippet of what you can expect at FestEvol.
6. Pink Kink – District – May 1 – 02:45
Quite simply the most fun Merseyside music has ever had. Glitter, fur and groovin’ everywhere – but don’t be so easily deceived, something deeper lays beneath the flashing LED’s and quirky lyrics. Pink Kink are easily one of Merseyside’s finest prospects and their live performances back it up. With hordes of fans already (before they’ve even released so much as a demo) they’re guaranteed to have you singing along in no time.
7. Feral Love – Camp Stage – May 1 – 15:30
Rising from the ashes of Bird, Feral Love are delightful. Dreamy, evocative shimmers of luscious pop. Debut release Like The Wind has been picked up by Radio 1 DJ’s and provides perfect afternoon listening, a must for your afternoon schedule come May 1.
8. Hidden Charms – Camp Stage – May 1 – 20:30
Hidden Charms truly pack a punch. Their live set really is belters-galore with Dreaming Of Another Girl, Long Way Down and latest number Love You Cause You’re There truly cementing their place as one of the most exciting bands in the country, with styling and swagger to back it up.
9. TVAM – District – May 1 – 18:45
TVAM is Joe Oxley, one man, staggeringly. The 2016 GIT Award nominee is as captivating visually as he is musically, bringing a screen of distorted VHS images along to every show. His sound and Public Service Broadcasting style concept has grabbed the ears of many including BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne and for good reason. PORSCHE MAJEURE and GAS & AIR simply have to be heard. Why not hear them here?
10. Jodie Abacus – The Blade Factory – May 1 – 19:15
Neo-funk master Jodie Abacus brings soul aplenty to proceedings with hits Hot Kitchen and I’ll Be That Friend. Completely beautiful synths groovin’ and shakin’ from start to finish is sure to pack the Blade Factory full of feel-good vibes.
11. The Amazons – The Blade Factory – May 1 – 01:15
Their last two Liverpool appearances for Liverpool Music Week and supporting The Strypes went down a storm, helping them to gather momentum as one of the UK’s most exciting guitar bands. Prepare yourself for Ultraviolet, it’s going to be a sweaty one from The Amazons.
12. Cupids – Camp Stage – May 1 – 19:30
Manchester lads Cupids are primed for big things, latest single Kickin’ In is terrific and their live energy will suit FestEvol down to the ground. Aptly taking to the stage just as the evening is Kickin’ into gear, don’t miss ’em.
13. By The Sea – District Stage – May 1 – 00.45
Endless Days Crystal Sky is one of the finest records of recent years. If you haven’t heard it, correct that immediately. By The Sea are sparklingly melodic; there’s euphoric rises, darker lows, mind-warping loops and raspy passages. One of Merseyside’s finest, hands down.
14. Indigo Moon – District – May 1 – 15:45
Indigo Moon. In Ash Colley they boast one of the best voices on Merseyside and as a band they boast one of the most genre-defying sounds around. Off-kilter jams of psych-rock, post-punk and funk-pop are all present and correct, as is a frenetic live show, standing still is banned y’all, dance your socks off.
15. Nimmo – Camp Stage – May 1 – 02.30
Playing late on, Nimmo bring electro-pop grooves to FestEvol. Fresh from touring with Years & Years and with newbie UnYoung joining the vibey Others in their set, serious vibes will flow long into the night.
16. Moats – The Blade Factory – May 1 – 02:15
It’s hard not to admire Moats’ darkness. That admiration goes backs years to the psych-punk of Snakepit, through the frantic riffs of Brace, right up to their melodic latest Hunger. Quite the stellar band with a hefty arsenal of tunes to fall back on. If you’re still mad enough to be wandering around in the middle of the night, check them out in The Blade Factory, it’ll be lively, sweaty and amp destroying.
17. Bathymetry – Furnace Stage – May 1 – 15:00
Bathymetry’s live shows dwarf their debut album, and that album’s damn good by the way. If that alone isn’t an indication of the majesty they bring on stage, then the endless smiles of the band and anyone who’s seen them live certainly are. Evil Leather Jacket, Goblin Fruit and Uncle Alice are just a few of the gems you can expect to hear during what is sure to be one of most delightful sets of the festival.
You can listen to a playlist of all of Getintothis’ One’s To Watch at FestEvol 16 below.
Complete Stage Times:
14:30-15:00: Year of the Fiery Horse
15:30-16:00: Feral Love
17:30-18:00: Pure Joy
18:30-19:00: Beach Skulls
20:30-21:00: Hidden Charms
21:30-22:00: Black Honey
22:30-23:00: The Vryll Society
23:30-00:30: Julette & The Licks
14:15-14:45: Little Triggers
17:00-17:30: The Orielles
19:00-19:30: Girl Friend
21:00-21:30: Hooton Tennis Club
22:00-23:15: Steve Mason
The Blade Factory
15:15-15:45: Tom Low
16:15-16:45: Man Made
18:15-18:45: Psycho Comedy
19:15-19:45: Jodie Abacus
22:15-22:45: Dead Buttons
00:15-00:45: The Shimmer Band
01:15-01:45: The Amazons
03:15-03:45: Strange Collective
14:45-15:15: Venus Demilo
15:45-16:15: Indigo Moon
16:45-17:15: Red Rum Club
19:45-20:15: The Probes
20:45-21:15: Baba Naga
00:45-01:15: By The Sea
02:45-03:15: Pink Kink