As much as we’re huge advocates of obscure, underground electronic music - the dirtier and more high-brow, the better - we also acknowledge that pop music soundtracks our day-to-day lives and those pivotal moments we call life, from weddings to break-ups.
After the same Romanian mix has played for the sixth time in the office, putting on the radio and belting out a sing-a-ling to our favourite chart hits can feel like a welcome reprieve. Let’s take a closer look at some of our favourite guilty pleasures, and where you can catch them performing in 2019.
Admittedly, we weren’t too fond of the incarnation of the Black Eyed Peas that included Fergie as a member, but there’s no disputing that the band’s 3rd and 4th album that covered this period was also their most successful. Both Elephunk and Monkey Business produced a ton of hits - and that phenomenal run can be traced back to this giant single.
Rita Ora is the new darling of UK pop music. We love that she is so down to earth and relatable, whilst at the same time being an absolute babe. Not just content with dominating the world of pop music, she has cornered screen, make-up and the catwalk too. We might never openly admit to liking her music to friends. But we do. Sssh! It can be our secret.
Both acts are appearing at Secret Solstice festival in Reykjavik, Iceland from Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd June.
Cardi B is the new heiress of hip-hop, and unlike predecessors, she practices what she preaches. Also one of our favourite recurring internet memes - and, lets face it, you need more than just a good back-catalogue of music in today’s landscape.
We’re not going to lie, we were stoked when Mike Skinner announced he was reforming The Streets. The soundtrack of our teenage years. Made all the better ‘cos America never really got them, just like Oasis before them. Quintessentially British - there will never be anybody like The Streets.
Cardi B and The Streets make up two of the artists performing at the Parklife weekender in Manchester Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th June.
Despite recently teaming with Lily Allen and Cara Delevingne for his latest output, we won’t hear a word that Shy FX has “sold out”. Back in the day, Original Nuttah was the track of choice to blast out through our rudimentary Nokia 3210s on the back seat of the bus. Prober ASBO behaviour. Still cool, because your Mum will definitely still hate it, despite some of your past music heroes having grown on her.
Shy FX and UK Apache will be appearing alongside each other at Birmingham’s Carnival Magnifico on Friday 7th June.
Another album we reloaded again and again (and again, and again…!) was Dizzee Rascal’s Boy In Da Corner. Its release coincided with us passing our driving tests, so it got rinsed as we sped around in Vauxhall Novas. Cringe! This one is particular got played to death on its release. We recall one roadtrip to Blackpool where we literally put it on loop the entire duration of the journey. Still goes off, to be honest.
Dizzee Rascal headlines Day 2 of Supercharged’s Land Of Beyond festival at East Brighton Park on Sunday 9th June.
From the music of our childhood, to the music of our parents! So old, it has become fashionable again - you can’t beat a classic. A Night Of series features some golden oldies - and plenty your folks might appreciate. A good idea for spending some quality time together with Mothering Sunday approaching - wink, wink!
Finally, whilst the above has featured musical guilty pleasures, the last is merely an indulgence. An achilles heel, if you like. Beer! London Craft Beer festival returns to Tobacco Dock Friday 9th through to Sunday 11th August. Go on, wet your whistle.
Tickets for all the above shows are on sale now.