Quick as a flash, the festival season is back upon us. Away from the tents and temporary toilets and tipis is a festival that has, for ten years now, brought a host of stunning artists to London’s W12.
Topping the bill at Bushstock this year is Matt Corby, Nova Amor and Gang of Youths, but as ever there is so much more to explore across 12 hours and seven venues.
On The Beat takes a look at some of the best acts to watch out for at Bushstock on Saturday…
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BENE – Bush Hall, 6pm
One of the best things about Bushstock is how deep the talent runs across every stage. Last year Grace Carter had a midday slot at The Courtyard, while Billie Marten was squeezed into the Library.
This year, New Zealand-born Bene – her of three released songs and something like 17 million streams – will open up Bush Hall at 6pm with her laconic, electronic deconstruction of pop music.
Her live shows to date suggest an artist at ease on stage and it will be no surprise to see ‘Benevision’ rapidly climb up the festival billing as she starts to deliver more music. That velvet-smooth vocals and R&B infusion is not one to miss.
HARRY MARSHALL – Sindercombe Social, 1pm
There’s something very earnest, wistful and intense about London-based strummer Harry Marshall. Aside from the cute Dire Straits story on his Facebook – an influence clear in his music – Marshall has been putting in the hard yards in search of a break.
Taking first billing at long-time festival venue Sindercombe Social, Marshall finally have a stage that may do his synthy 80s nostalgia some justice. He’s been around a long time already – having supported Boy and Bear, Tina Arena, Reece Mastin and even worked with Mumford and Sons – but there’s still plenty more to come from Marshall.
JASMINE THOMPSON – St Stephen’s Church, 4pm
The only problem with using a venue as stunning as St Stephen’s Church is finding acts impressive enough to fill its cavernous arches. So far, the organisers have done a very good job at this.
With Jasmine Thompson they may have struck gold again. One of that ‘new generation’ who start out by uploading covers to YouTube, it says a lot that she has fought her way through an incredibly crowded field to produce her own music, with new EP Colour released back in April.
Not every artist can do the hallowed St Stephen’s justice, but with that crystalline voice and a set list that matures by the week, there’s every chance Bushstock has got it right yet again.
BANFI – Defectors Weld, 5:30pm
As low-fi and chilled out as you can hope to get, Banfi are crossing from east to west for the festival.
The trio, comprising of the eponymous Joe Banfi plus Aaron Graham and Chris McCuaig, are in their fourth year together and thrive on producing the sort of sounds Biffy Clyro would after a ten-day Ambien binge.
With ‘Furniture Song’ giving us huge feel-good vibes, make sure you get down to Defector Weld for the sort of ear-worm, grove-laden tracks that appear in disappointingly short supply at the moment.