The story is simple. After a chance meeting by being the last 4 in a Mario Kart tournament, Vigilantes became friends. They quickly put down the pads, picked up their guitars and never looked back. Not only will they be performing at Beyond the Woods in August, they will also be at Liquor in July for our festival warm up party!
We caught up with them to ask some of your questions…
So you’re performing at Liquor in July – have you done other gigs since lockdown or will this be your first?
Yeah! We supported Mark Morriss from Bluetones a couple of times which kicked off the rust, but these are our first headliners. Nervous!
Describe your music style in three words?
Big vocal harmonies
Where did your band name come from?
It means Lifeguard in Portuguese.
Which artists would you say are your main influences?
I’ve always loved Van Gogh, Da Vinci & Monet.
What’s your favourite thing about being in a band?
The feeling of completing songs or a live set to play to people!
What is your biggest goal?
My best goal was a 40 yard screamer I did when I was 12, but realistically London’s O2 Arena would be where I’m content.
What have you been up to lately?
We’ve just finished mixing and mastering our next releases, so just getting into the throws of everything again!
As the weather brightens (and then darkens again), and covid restrictions are lifted, what have the Beyond the Woods acts been getting up to?
It’s been an exciting couple of weeks for Alfie Templeman, with the release of his new mini album ‘Forever Isn’t Long Enough’ on May 7th, already on course for the Top 40 on the Official Albums Chart (fingers crossed!). He also announced dates for a US tour, supporting Chloe Moriondo, and has a socially-distanced show coming up on May 20th.
Master Peace has been keeping busy with an NME Home Sessions video! Alongside his guitarist, Ricki, he performed PNE, Overdrive and PDA against a pastel sky. Watch here:
Baby Queen has been all over BBC Radio 1 lately – Greg James is a big fan! Dover Beach was the Tune of the Week back at the end of April, and more recently has been added to the Radio 1 Playlist, alongside the likes of Wolf Alice, Little Simz, Coldplay and Billie Eilish. Listen to the playlist on BBC Sounds: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09gvbnn
Much to the excitement of his local fans, Joesef announced a gig in his hometown of Glasgow. The Barrowland show sold out just one day after general release… and, of course, you can see him live at Beyond the Woods in August!
Luz released a beautiful acoustic version of her latest song, Counting Houses. Give it a listen!
We’re thrilled to be bringing the ferociously talented up-start Alfie Templeman to Beyond The Woods to top the bill of what’s set to be an incredible party to kick off 2021’s festival.
We’ve teamed up with tastemaker and new music champion Abbie McCarthy to bring her Good Karma Club to our main stage on the Friday night. Abbie’s chosen some of her favourite acts to play and we can’t wait, you can check out her lineup below.
And there’s plenty more where that came from, watch this space!
“They’re finding really Interesting ways to do these pop songs that I love” – Declan McKenna
“Alt-rock fans will love the mellow tones of Americana grunge mixed with nineties pop.” –Gigwise
“The four-piece are working towards ‘big things’ with their easy-breezy take on lo-fi retro pop.” – Dork
“That’s really good, I really like that” – Elton John
York’s alt rock songsmiths, Bull have today announced their debut album ‘Discover Effortless Living’ which will be released on the 26th March by EMI Records, in conjunction with Young Thugs.
To celebrate, the band have today released ‘Eugene’, a mini-symphony of self-flagellation which trips through the various stages of feeling down on yourself (lethargy, frustration, anger etc) using tempo changes to paint an audio picture. It manages to be both melancholy and spritely at the same time, another example of the band’s idiosyncratic song writing.
“I wrote the song Eugene when I was feeling dissatisfied with what I was doing” Tom (guitar/vocals) explains. “It’s kind of a self-hate song, you know when people talk about self-love? It’s not that. I’m slating myself; it moves through the key changes and different moods, and ends in a way that mocks the sadness, another form of self-deprecation!”
The video for the track is again a collaboration with artist friends of the band that reflects the different moods of the song. Dan and Kai from the band kick things off with some DIY Claymation before handing over to artists Jack Iredale, Rory Welbrock, Roxy Linklater and Holly Beer who each tackled a different animation style.
The band’s debut album, ‘Discover Effortless Living’ is a cornucopia of alt rocks sounds, the band having refined their song writing style into 13 indie bangers. The album includes previous singles such as ‘Disco Living’ (actually an abbreviation of the album title) ‘Green’, ‘Bonzo Please’ and ‘Love Goo’.
“Its songs written and rocked on between the years 2012 and 2020” Tom elaborates. “The title is taken from the opening lyric to the final track ‘Disco Living’. We wanted to use a lyric from the album and felt like this was a good one. I first saw the words in London written on the side of a mansion being built and thought it was funny, it also ties in with ideas around class, new beginnings, a golden era of prosperity, and hoping to have life ‘in the bag’.”
At radio the band are already being championed by the likes of Chris Hawkins and Steve Lamacq at 6Music, Huw Stephens at BBC Introducing Clara Amfo, as well as being acclaimed by fellow musicians like Elton John on his Beats 1 show and Declan McKenna.
Formed in 2011 by vocalist and songwriter Tom Beer and guitarist Dan Lucas, Bull’s mission is simply to make the music they wanted to listen to, inspired by their 90’s heroes such Pavement, Yo La Tengo and the Pixies. The rest of the band came together through a mix of friendships and happenstance. Drummer Tom Gabbatiss joined after he and Tom jammed together in bars while they were back-packing round Thailand, and Kai West had previously used to jump up on stage with the band and “Bez” (verb meaning to dance badly while intoxicated) before they eventually let him play bass.
They’ve played support shows for the likes of Squid, The Orielles, Pip Blom and even one of their long-time heroes in the form of Spiral Stairs (AKA Scott Kannberg of Pavement), and their constant gigging has seen them build up a dedicated local following. Not to be restricted to God’s own county, the band have plied their wares in mainland Europe, playing a series of unforgettable shows in Germany and the Netherlands. The band will be back on the road in 2021 with a full UK tour starting in September, tickets go on sale March 12th 2021.
We recently interviewed Lincolnshire musician Jaz Beeson about her new single ‘Wanna Know’ (head to our Instagram if you haven’t seen it yet). When we asked her to describe her sound she said it was Sunflower Pop. But what exactly is that?
Well we asked her to put together a playlist to add a bit of context and we’re soo glad she agreed, there are some top tunes on there to make you smile!
On her sound, Jaz said it was: “tunes for golden hour road trips and twirling through daisy-dappled fields.” Sounds good to us!
In the latest in our series of interviews with some fantastic local artists we caught up with self declared ‘Sunflower Pop’ artist Jaz Beeson. As an artist she’s taken some time away working on a new sound alongside local producer Joey Walker and this latest offering ‘Wanna Know’ sees her music rise to a new level!
Following the release of the new single Stardog, we caught up with Mitch from the band to discuss their new video, what they’ve been up to during lockdown and some of their favourite things about festivals.
The last month has brought us some really exciting new music hailing from Lincolnshire and beyond, and we’ve brought all our favourites together in one handy list! Here’s our January – February round up:
Shout Inferno – Is It Safe Enough?
Following the release of their debut album ‘A Carnival’, Lincoln-based alt-pop/rock quartet Shout Inferno have dropped a new video this week for their funky indie-disco track ‘Is It Safe Enough?’
Describing the single, the band wrote:
‘The literal meaning is a person suffering from agoraphobia who ponders the idea of leaving the house but is paralysed by their spiralling, melodramatic thoughts and fantasies of the world outside. It could also be a metaphor for somebody trying to find a sense of belonging in an unforgiving/unaccepting society’.
Check out the video below, filmed at the Blue Room in Lincoln with production company Wallbreaker.
The Rills – Stardog
Lincolnshire-based indie legends The Rills have also brought out an upbeat and energising video for their new single ‘Stardog’, which encapsulates all things fun about this band.
They have been making waves on TikTok, as well as building a solid fanbase across all platforms. The band also recently appeared on Scruff of the Neck‘s Twitch live stream with a live session and interview with BBC Radio 1’s Abbie McCarthy. We’re really excited to see what’s next.
Talkboy – Wrapped in Blue
We’re big fans of Leeds-based band Talkboy here at Beyond the Woods, and Wrapped in Blue is no exception. With beautiful harmonies and relatable songwriting, the band never fail to produce excellent up-beat, catchy indie-pop.
Their EP, titled ‘Wrapped in Blue’ will be out on February 11th and you can preorder it here: https://bit.ly/3az4eZK
Wharf – Compatible
Premiered on BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire, London-based Wharf have brought out new single ‘Compatible’, exploring the emotions behind new found love.
With influences from The 1975 and The Night Cafe, the track has a classic nostalgic indie sound sure to get you dancing.
Jazz Lingard – Tell Me More (acoustic)
Lincoln-based singer-songwriter Jazz Lingard teased something she’s been working on last month, with an acoustic version of ‘Tell Me’.
Lingard has an absolutely gorgeous tone, with heavy folk influences mixed with influence from the likes of Wolf Alice and Radiohead.
Bull – Eugene
Having been on the scene for a long time, York 4-piece Bull reignited the old-school dream of being signed to a major label at a local gig last summer.
They’re catchy hooks combined with twists and turns in every song provide a modern, but engaging take on the classic Britpop style. ‘Eugene’ shows off Bull’s softer side by writing a beautifully soft and melodic anthem.
Debut album out March 26th released via EMI – ‘Discover Effortless Listening’
Fickle Friends have released a refreshing new concept EP this month ‘Weird Years (Season 1)’, which explores a range of feelings behind being a young adult. Their single IRL is nothing short of up-beat irresistible pop.
The campaign to this EP has been really exciting, incorporating a commissioned piece of artwork for each track. Fans have also been encouraged to produce their own artwork for each track which will featured on the virtual gallery on their website (http://www.ficklefriends.co.uk).
Only Sun – Weird Wins
From their much anticipated debut album ‘Tangled Mind’, London-based quartet Only Sun have released infectious indie-disco tune ‘Weird Wins’.
The single follows the success of their track ‘Extraordinary’ late last year, which will also be featured on the album.
We started Beyond The Woods as a way to support local musicians. Being in bands ourselves, we wanted to put on an event that brought Lincolnshire artists together to celebrate the massive amount of talent in our area.
Whilst, in recent years, we’ve booked a number of acts from further afield, we’ve still been working closely with our friends at BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire to make sure we’re showcasing some of the best local acts.
In 2018 a relatively new to the scene artist took to our stage and promptly blew everyone away. It’s safe to say that Holly Humberstone was a real standout at that year’s festival.
We’ve been keeping an eye on her journey ever since that summer, which has seen her perform at Glastonbury, support Lewis Capaldi at Wembley Arena, appear on Jimmy Kimmel in the US and break onto the Radio 1 daytime playlist. It’s fair to say she’s gone a long way since playing at our festival warmup gig at The West End Tap in Lincoln a month or two before BTW 2018.
She’s started 2021 with a bang having been announced as the runner up in the BBC’s Sound of 2021 poll – a prestigious poll of music critics with previous winners including Sigrid, Sam Smith and Jack Garratt.
It’s great to see a local act do so well and we know that her success is inspiring local musicians and blazing a trail for acts in our area. A big congrats from all of us at BTW HQ, we’re very proud to have had a small part in the story and we can’t wait to see what’s to come in 2021!
Below are a few photos from Holly’s set back in 2018. If you want to check her our live, and you really should, she’s announced a headline tour this June, including a stop off in Nottingham – tickets are available here.