As Outlines Festival returns for its second installment, Getintothis’ Craig MacDonald has all the details plus our hot tips from this years lineup.
Following their triumphant inaugural event this year, Outlines Festival return’s to Sheffield on March 3 -4 next year, with Australian psych monsters Jagwar Ma announced as headliners in the first wave of acts unveiled.
Taking place across five venues throughout the city, the visionary heads behind the popular Tramlines Festival will bring their winter wonderland to Plug,The Leadmill, Queens Social Club,The Harley and Bloc Projects, with two tone legends The Selector, rockers The Wytches, indie pop darlings Clean Cut Kid and MOBO winner Lady Leshurr just a few of the names set to grace the Yorkshire bash.
This year’s event will see the lineup expand to include 150 artists across the festival, with a host of established artists as well as some emerging Sheffield talent with Slow Club, The Crookes, Blood Sport, Bossy Love, Hannah Peel, Cowtown and Hookworms joining Islet, Jodie Abacus, Law Holt, Liberty Ship, Nadia Rose and Heavenly Records latest signings The Orielles all set to play.
With Azusena, Babe Punch, Blind Saints, Eyre Llew, Girl20, Kate Pham & The Moonbathers, Luxury Death, Matic Mouth plus Nachthexen, Post War Glamour Girls, Rocky NTI, Rozella, The Seamonsters, Trash and Vultures all also on offer at just £15 for a weekend pass, this should rise people from their winter hibernation.
Having ran through this years lineup, here we’ve picked seven gems that you’d be daft to miss together with a handy playlist to get you up to speed with who’s playing.
Still very much under the radar with only a couple of songs available to listen to online, Wirral born, Los Angeles raised songwriter Azusena has all the tools to be a huge success. Through her tracks such as Clever Gains and You, Azusena has given an intriguing taste of her raw, enticing pop, with both tracks showcasing her knack for melody and a voice to die for.
One of the most promising groups to come out of Glasgow’s flourishing music scene, Bossy Love are an alt pop duo that combine a melting point of styles to create truly startling cuts. As groove laden banger Wind Me Up demonstrates, they sew hip hop beats and mischievous raps, together with dancehall vibes and dashes of wonky synth that bring joy in abundance.
Sheffield born and raised, psych four piece Vultures are causing waves with their intoxicating sounds, with the fledgling group a mere few months into their career. If Ozzy had been raised on a diet of Tame Impala, this is what Sabbath may have been sounding like. Riffs a plenty, with hook laden choruses to match.
Having recently become the latest member to the talented Heavenly Records family, Halifax surf pop maestros The Orielles are set to take 2017 by storm. Filled with wavy dream like guitar jangles that sound a million miles away from their hometown, the trio are casting their reverb soaked spells far and wide, with plenty of heads turning over the pond to their charms.
Dropping her debut long player City earlier in the year, the ferocious Law Holt can deliver twisted pop like few others. From the mind bending Summer’s Coming to pop assault of Spit, the Young Fathers collaborator delivers pop music fit for the Apocalypse, with tinges of menacing hip hop and sinister electro that hammer your senses into submission.
Blossoming into something truly remarkable, Nottingham trio Eyre Llew create ambient rock that could soundtrack the ice thawing over the Pennines. Beautiful atmospheric vocals intertwine with evoking rhythms to make stunning soundscapes of sensory magnificence. With tracks like the haunting Vorfreude, they can leave you breathless in an instant.
Hailing from Manchester, shoegaze soaked duo Luxury Death offer a sucker punch of lo fi brilliance. Their twinned vocal wrap around crunching guitars that layer perfectly with clipped beats. In there latest offering Painkiller, they show how they produce bittersweet moments of realisation, crammed into earworms that burrow deep within.