As far as live sets go, it is rare artists actually live up to expectations and pull off what is normally a highly anticipated festival performance, and so on that note we felt obliged to fellow festival revellers to make sure they don’t miss out the most spectacular live shows this summer. The underground scene is already spoilt for choice this year with recent line up announcements at festivals such as Arcadia, Parklife, Farr festival, Dimensions festival and Annie Mac presents Lost & Found festival already blowing our minds with the talent that is in store.
First up is none other than legendary nineties duo Leftfield, who initially retired in 2002, but reformed as a live act after group member Neil Barnes released Alternative Light Source in 2015. They defined electronic music in the nineties with their intriguing musical styles and exquisite grooves. They are performing live on Day 1 at Arcadia London, which could well be the last opportunity for fans to catch Leftfield live.
Now for those Liam Gallagher fans who had planned on taking a potato peeler to Parklife, we regret to inform you that they are officially prohibited from the festival site – sorry to disappoint. On a more positive note, that just about sums up the character of legendary Mancunian Liam Gallagher, former band member of the iconic nineties rock band Oasis, who’ll be playing his first performance at Parklife festival since 2012.
As Liam once said: “I was walking along and this chair came flying past me, and another, and another, and I thought, man, is this gonna be a good night” – Class! We can tell his Parklife performance is going to be one to remember.
For those who haven’t already heard, Kraftwerk (yes, the original 1970s German band) are opening Dimensions festival with their 3-D live show in Pula’s 2000 year-old amphitheatre, in what will be a rare live performance. Kraftwerk need little introduction and are considered innovators and pioneers of electronic music, so we highly recommend this to all fans of Detroit techno – Kraftwerk started it all.
The next artist goes to show that dreams really can come true, and that’s exactly what happened to J Hus, the 20 year-old rapper from Stratford in London, who until very recently was unsigned. It proves that hard work pays off, and his fresh spin on grime by incorporating Afrobeat and reggae rhythms, has certainly won music heads over. He’ll be playing at Annie Mac presents Lost and Found festival in May so be sure to check out this hot new talent before the rest of the world clocks on.
Last but not least is George Fitzgerald who's been busy of late, preparing his new full-length album which lands in March and will be accompanied by a new full live show with band. After a two year production break he’s back to showcase his newest material which won’t want to go unmissed at Farr Festival.