South London’s Loyle Carner first came to my attention when he was named on the BBC’s Sound of 2016 list.
It is quickly evident that Carner delves deep into his own personal experiences when writing his music. His track ‘Cantona’ was written after the death of his influential step father, who was obviously a huge fan of the former Manchester United striker. Similarly the video to ‘Tierney Terrace’ features his mother and brother and was filmed in his family home.
Vocally the favourite performer this year is Jones. From the age of 18 years old Jones gained experience performing live at various open mic events across London, where she currently resides. As well as Blissfields, Jones can be found on Worthy Farm as she prepares for at this weekends Glastonbury festival. You can also catch her playing shows in France, Denmark and America.
Last week saw the release of her single ‘Melt’. The track was produced by HONNE who can also be found performing this year. The track itself if a beautiful piece of soulful pop and is available on to download and stream here.
Swim Deep were formed back in 2010 in Birmingham and have been part of cluster of indie bands who have risen from the city including Peace and JAWS. After a few initial line up changes the band consist of Austin Williams (vocals), Tom Higgins (guitar), Zach Robinson (drums), Cavan McCarthy (bass), and James Balmont (keyboards).
The band are working hard to plan a tour of America and have enlisted the help of their fans by creating a crowdfunding campaign. So far the band are at 92% of their goal with just over a month to go. If you’d like to help and get your hands on a reward in the process then check out their campaign over on www.pledgemusic.com.
Dizzee Rascal has established himself as one of the UK’s top Hip Hop acts since his 2003 debut ‘Boy in da Corner’. The three time Mercury Prize nominee has played some of the biggest international music festivals, including Glastonbury, Sziget, Coachella and now Blissfields.
After enjoying his performances at Bestival and Victorious festival I’m looking forward to a seeing him perform tunes such as ‘Bonkers’, ‘Dance With Me’, his debut hit ‘Fix Up, Look Sharp’.
I first became aware of Frankie Forman when she played The Larch stage at Blissfields in 2014. The London based singer songwriter’s sultry vocals brought worthy comparisons with Lana Del Ray. Aged just 18 years old Frankie spend time singing in the bars and cafes around Paris’ romantic Montmartre. Now based in London Frankie has been working hard touring and recording new music. Some of which I hope we’ll hear at Blissfields, along with favourites from her 2014’s Blue Dog EP. Frankie can be found playing on Thursday evening at The Den stage.
If you would like to join the fun us at the festival then there are a limited number of tickets still available. You can get your hands on them from www.blissfields.co.uk/tickets.
To see what you can expect to find at Blissfields then check out my review of the 2015 event here.