We love bringing you loads of great new music at the festival in August, but we realised there’s no reason why we can’t showcase acts more often throughout the year. So we’re pleased to announce that indie-pop quartet Only Sun will be appearing at Akēdo Gaming Bar Lincoln next June!
With an infectious, upbeat sound and an arsenal of tunes, the band are touring to support their debut album ‘Tangled Mind’ and we can’t wait to bring them to a Lincolnshire audience for the first time!
This is the first of several show announcements from us, so keep your eyes peeled on our pages for more info!
Upbeat indie quartet Only Sun have recently taken the south by storm, now they bring their energetic riff-laden sound to fair Lincoln.
Having gained strong critical support of previous releases from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson and additions to some top playlists alongside other exciting emerging talent, the band embark on a tour in support of their debut album ‘Tangled Mind’.
Coupled with some of Beyond The Woods Festival’s top DJs and support from some of the best new talent in the area right now, this is set to be a night not to be missed.
This month, we’re taking a look at all new alternative releases alongside some of Lincolnshire’s finest. Here are our favourites of October -November:
Flyte – I’ve Got a Girl
Late last month, London-trio Flyte premiered their new track ‘I Got A Girl’ on BBC 6 Music with Lauren Laverne and it is a beauty. A different take on a break-up song, ‘I Got A Girl’ explores the break down of a creative relationship. During the pandemic, the band have been visiting people’s doorsteps to perform the track, which you can check out on their socials: https://twitter.com/Flyteband/status/1323672942463647746.
Toby Johnson – Why?
‘Why?’ is Toby Johnson’s latest release for his new EP ‘Things I Should Have Said’. Featuring singles ‘Tiny Fires’, ‘Bulletproof’, ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’, ‘Why?’ and ‘False Temptations’, his EP offers a masterful folky take on the indie genre, perfect listening for winter indoors. Speaking on the EP, Johnson wrote: ‘It’s often difficult to say things out loud. We hold back on things we should say and we often say the things we shouldn’t. ‘Things I Should Have Said’ is a mixture of emotions and feelings I’ve held back on over the years. Friendships I’ve lost and opportunities I’ve missed.’ Check out the music video for ‘Why?’ below!
KAWALA – Pure Desire
London-based indie-acoustic band KAWALA released their first 7″ single ‘Pure Desire’ alongside B-side ‘Loosen Up’ in October, gaining plays on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2. The song encompasses everything we love about KAWALA, fulfilling all our up-beat and optimistic folky-pop needs.
Current Climate – Trek to the Discotheque
Lincolnshire’s own Current Climate have released new track ‘Trek to the Discotheque’, championed by BBC Music Introducing in Lincolnshire. With clear Britpop influences and a nod to Pulp’s Jarvis Crocker, the track is wonderful mix of old-school disco and modern-day indie. Check it out on Spotify!
The Magic Gang – Somebody Like You
Masters of indie-pop, The Magic Gang have brought us feel-good indie-banger ‘Somebody Like You’. The track follows-up from their recently released second album ‘Death of the Party’, and is their first self-produced song.
Anna Straker – Boys Will Be Boys
Lincolnshire-born Anna Straker released fierce and powerful feminist anthem ‘Boys Will Boys’ at the end of October, and we love it. Following the release of ‘Good Days, Bad Days’ with Gabrielle Aplin and ‘London Knows’ earlier this year, Straker has gone from strength to strength and we can’t wait to hear what’s next.
Blossoms – Christmas Eve (Soul Purpose)
You may say it’s too early for Christmas, but we disagree. Getting us into the Christmas spirit, indie legends Blossoms have released a beautifully nostalgic bundle of warmth. Get me a hot chocolate and turn this one up.
Continuing our series of guest-curated playlists, we asked Lincoln DJ and sax extraordinaire Alderman to pick some of his favourite chilled tunes. Perfect for relaxing in the evening or a soundtrack to getting those pesky life admin jobs done!
Hi my name is Alderman and I’m a DJ, Producer and musician who has influences from genres such as Jazz, Hip-Hop and House. When I was creating this playlist, those three genres were the basis for lots of my decisions and in most tracks you can definitely hear at least one of those influences. So, here are my top five records from the Beyond the Woods Chill playlist.
Up first is the Tom Misch remix of Lianna La Havas’ tune “What You Don’t Do”. Tom Misch is one of my favourite producers because of his mellow sounding chord sequences and funky riffs. In this record he creates a chilled hip-hop beat which allows him to layer the guitar harmonies over each other which creates a really nice sound. Lianne La Havas’s vocals fit the vibe perfectly.
My next favourite song off the playlist is “Electric Relaxation” from legendary rap group – A Tribe Called Quest. The simplicity of their music makes them perfect to relax to and I love the use of old jazz samples in their music, a common feature from their era of Hip-Hop. The acapella adlib groove adds another dimension of musicality and easy listening.
Keeping on a similar Hip-Hop themed track. The way Vanilla’s tune “Summer” incorporates the melody from “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince is why it is one of my favourites. Accompanied by the electronic piano and a classic rap beat, this record has such a warm ambience and I can imagine listening to this on a beach in somewhere sunny.
Going off on a Jazzy tangent, this next track is the perfect balance of House music and improvisation. The Atjazz Remix of “Rose Rouge” – originally produced by St. Germain – has a four-on-the-floor kick pattern which is layered with shuffling cymbals and clicks. It is a perfect electronic representation of a live drummer playing a jazz beat themselves. By slicing up the original solos, Atjazz keeps the vibe of St. Germain’s version, but also adds some synth chords as a mid layer. The vocal is simple and has nice tones which add to the chilled sound.
The final track out of the five is “Get Lost” by JuJu Rogers, Bluestaeb and Regis Molina. Featuring some really nice Saxophone improvisation and mellow electric piano chords, this track brings lots of chilled energy. It is one of those tracks you can just nod your head to and vibe with as it has lots of different elements that come in later but some elements are taken out and this creates different sounds throughout.
Thanks to Beyond The Woods for asking me to compile this playlist and I hope everyone can enjoy the chilled out tracks that I have selected.
‘What a Time’ is the first released single for Fickle Friends upcoming EP Weird Years (Season 1) EP and we are very excited about it! Out on 15 January, the EP aims to explore the story of the past three years since their Album ‘You Are Someone Else’, and it kicks off with some unapologetic escapist synth-pop. The Brighton-based quartet headlined Beyond the Woods Festival in 2018 and we can’t wait to hear what’s next. Check out the music video below, which they filmed and edited themselves.
Duccbod – Meet in the Middle
Lincoln-based Duccbod have released laid-back alternative track ‘Meet in the Middle’ this month, exploring a vast range influence from the likes of Tom Misch to Lil peep. He featured in this years’ Beyond the Woods Online Festival on BBC Music Introducing in Lincolnshire, and the track was produced by and featured members of The Pylons. Duccbod is currently in the process of writing and recording his debut EP ‘i breathe blue’, so watch this space!
Patawawa – Adadadaeya
Electronic trio Patawawa have brought up an absolute indie-disco anthem as their new infectious single in the lead up to their debut album. Recently played by John Kennedy on Radio X, the track is an exciting insight to what is to come. Patawawa graced the Beyond the Woods festival stage in 2018 and we’ve been obsessed ever since.
The Pylons – Grumble
Beyond the Woods legends The Pylons are back with their latest single ‘Grumble’, following the singles ‘Leaving’ and ‘Feel Good’. Written and produced in their home studio, ‘Grumble’ encapsulates all things good about indie-pop and has achieved BBC Music Introducing pick of the week on BBC Radio Lincolnshire. You can also listen back to hear their very own trumpet and keys player Joe Davies picks for BBC Music Introducing in Lincolnshire here https://t.co/uMjtESURbb?amp=1.
Martha Hill – Landslide
Martha Hill’s latest single Landside has come out this month and will feature on her upcoming EP ‘Summer Up North’, which will be released on October 23rd. The track featured as BBC Introducing track of the week on Radio 1 and follows the release of upbeat and gritty ‘Grilled Cheese’. Hill played the festival in 2018 and has gone on to record at the legendary Maida Vale Studios, appeared on Later…With Jools Holland and was tipped as one of BBC Introducing’s ‘Ones to Watch’.
Talkboy – Stupid Luck
Leeds-based indie six-piece Talkboy have released new single ‘Stupid Luck’, which is the first in the lead up to their up-coming EP. The dreamy, laid-back indie-pop single exudes everything we love about this band and we are looking forwarded to what’s coming in 2021!
Casey Lowry – Slow Pace
The latest up-beat summery bop ‘Slow Pace’ from Casey Lowry was released this month, making it his third single of 2020. The track has achieved radio play on BBC Music Introducing in both Sheffield and East Midlands. Lowry headlined the second stage at Beyond the Woods (formally JoeFest) in 2018.
Nick Wilson – Built For This
Nick Wilson’s captivating track ‘Built For This’ is the final song released alongside his 4-track EP ‘Love and Heartache’, which was released on 2 October. The EP explores the complexity of emotions which accompany romance and beautifully vocalising the lows and highs of relationships. The second track ‘Enough to Know You’ featured on Spotify’s ‘Most Beautiful Songs in the World’ playlist.
Check out our Music News playlist on Spotify below for all our recommendations, updated monthly!
We know it’s been said so many times but 2020 has been down right awful, and we’ve still got some of it left to go! Everyone has been getting pretty glum here at BTW HQ seeing loads of other festivals and tours share our fate, just as some amazing new artists were really starting to get into their stride.
But we’re trying to be positive about things, so here are some of the acts that we can’t wait to see once corona buggers off!
Not many other 21-year-olds can say that they’ve fought the world’s greatest rock’n’roll band in a fierce album chart battle, but Declan McKenna certainly can. His epic sophomore album, Zeros, fell just short of the top spot thanks to The Rolling Stones, but hey, some people put the Beatles second to the Stones so we’re sure Dec wasn’t too disheartened to be in that spot too!
She may only be 18, but this Irish songstress has been blowing us away with her spine-tingling voice and striking covers for years. It’s no wonder that she’s continuing to take our breath away with the collection of original singles she’s released this year. Luz is definitely one you won’t want to miss on a throng of support tours and headline shows next year.
Having been on the road pretty much non stop for the last few years, Leeds indie-pop foursome Marsicans have kept us waiting for their debut album. Fortunately, they managed to find some time to get into the studio – the famous Rockfield Studios which has hosted the likes of Queen, Oasis and Coldplay, the latter being big Marsicans fans themselves – and Ursa Major has certainly been worth the wait! The boys will be bringing fellow indie dreamers DECO and Sad Boys Club on the road with them next year, it’s sure to be a tour we can’t miss.
We were all blown away with Jordan Mackampa’s debut album Foreigner here at BTW HQ and his ability to blend his soul, folk and gospel influences so swimmingly is certainly a thing of beauty. We’ll be sure to be down the front when he’s finally able to tour the record!
The Big Moon
Having released possibly the best bit of merch we’ve ever seen during lockdown, an 1000-piece jigsaw based on the cover for their second album Walking Like We Do (with all proceeds going to homeless charity, Shelter) we can’t wait to see what kind of chaos the four-piece gang from London conjure up for their huge headline tour in the Spring.
Rising up the ranks of the vibrant Yorkshire indie scene over the years, swoonsome indie sextet Talkboy effortlessly manage to combine a miscellany of influences into their own unique sound, displayed no better than in most recent single Stupid Luck. We can’t wait to see their electric live shows, we’re predicting big things for this bunch!
With a reputation for raucous gigs, 2020 was shaping up to be a huge year for Sea Girls with them due to head out on their biggest run of shows to date. Unfortunately that’s on hold for the moment, but with their debut album Open Up Your Head reaching #3 in the official album charts it hasn’t been all bad for the lads. We can’t wait to see them come back to live shows even bigger and better next year.
Holly Humberstone – Falling Asleep at the Wheel (EP)
Festival-alumni Holly Humberstone released her debut EP ‘Falling Asleep At The Wheel’ last month, and was invited to perform an incredible isolation session on Jimmy Kimmel Live over the in US. Check out this live, one-take version of both ‘Overkill’ and the title track.
Anna Straker ft Gabrielle Aplin – Good Days Bad Days
Anna Straker has teamed up with the legendary Gabrielle Aplin to drop her new single ‘Good Days Bad Days’, and retro-style music video. The beautifully honest and raw track will be featured in her upcoming EP ‘Growing Pains’.
Arctic Lake – Cold Hands (Acoustic)
Electronic-trio Arctic Lake have blessed us with an intimate acoustic version of ‘Cold Hands’ this month. The band have received support on BBC Radio 1 and played at Beyond The Woods festival back in 2018!
Callum Minks – Sundown
Callum Minks latest Low-fi bedroom indie-pop tune ‘Sundown’ was released this week. The song is currently featured as song of the week on BBC Music Introducing in Lincolnshire!
The Rills – The Angler
Lincoln legends The Rills have released their latest single ‘The Angler’. Championed by Steve Lamaq on BBC Radio 6, the track is a up-lifting, gritty banger.
Thomas Day – Cruisin’
Self-produced hip-hop artist Thomas Day brought us chilled tune ‘Cruisin” in August, gaining well-deserved attention from BBC Music Introducing in Lincolnshire. He also featured in the Beyond the Woods BBC Music Introducing festival takeover, alongside Anna Straker, The Rills and Callum Minks and more!
Lola and the Cosmic Getaway – Clownville
Out-of-space musical duo Lola and the Cosmic Getaway released beautiful synth-pop track ‘Clownville’ last month. If you don’t like clowns, don’t watch the video!
G.L Shelley – Never Want to Go
Bedroom producer (and regular BTW festival attendee) G.L Shelley has spent lockdown recording music on his mobile phone. Check out his latest Brit-Pop inspired single ‘Never Want to Go’.
Give our BTW Music News playlist on Spotify a like for all our top picks, updated monthly!
Welcome to a new series of guest-curated playlists from a host of new-music tastemakers. We like to think we’re pretty clued up on indie bands and the like, but there’s so much more out there so we decided to get some friends to help fill us in!
First up: Andy Backhouse
No stranger to being behind the decks at the likes of Leeds Festival, Latitude and now Beyond The Woods, DJ Andy Backhouse has curated a playlist of of left-field pop. Perfect for when night takes over and you just wanna dance!
We caught up with Andy to find out about festivals, his favourite artists aright now and his love of all things odd-ball pop!
Hey Andy, tell us about how you got into DJing and some of your experiences playing at some of the country’s biggest festivals?
Hello Beyond the Woods gang. My first go was getting hold of some CDJ turntables at my youth club. If you can do that as a kid that’s like gold dust, and they were always fair game in the evenings after school. We even had a tutor for a few weeks. His background was in Eurodance and Happy Hardcore, but he very patiently sat with me as I had a go at mixing folky campfire tracks like Emilíana Torrini into electropop like Casiokids or Bicep.
I hosted as many shows locally as I could, set up the student radio station, then this fantastic experience came up at uni when I won a student radio competition from The Selector, and the prize was the fly out with the British Council to Mexico City, hosting shows on the country’s biggest new music station. It was called Ibero 90.9 FM, essentially Mexico’s answer to Radio 1 or 6 Music. It was basically students running the asylum, playing exciting new records from The Avalanches and SBTRKT to people sitting in traffic jams. There’s so many brilliantly talented DJs on that station, like Tskuanda Sierra, Davo Peñaloza, Vale Estrada, and Alan Luna. We’d spend the evenings going to gigs, getting stuck into the local scene and DJing downtown at a club called El Imperial, and I had such a brilliant time I flew back over the holidays to work at the station and do it all over again.
Festivals are what we do best in this country. I could wax lyrical all day about Visions Festival, an expertly-curated city festival from the Rockfeedback team. Latitude is like a whole wonderland in itself. It was my first DJ gig in 2013, thanks to the legend Huw Stephens, and I’ve been lucky to DJ the Lake Stage every year since. There’s something so special about that place.
Every August bank holiday since 2012 I’ve been at Leeds Festival, and for the last couple of years hosting the Festival Republic Stage. I started out picking up my GCSE results and now I’m the curmudgeonly old caretaker who won’t give you your ball back.
It’s easy to mythologise and rose tint the posters of any festival’s past, but I think festivals should always be reflecting the music of the time – opening the door for the future stage headliners to come through – and none do it better than Reading and Leeds. The Japanese House, No Rome and Black Honey really made their stamp on the stage last summer, and it’ll be interesting to see them climb the ranks over the next few years.
Then there’s End of the Road. God, what can you say about End of the Road. It’s the sunsetter for the festival season in Dorset, and I love DJing the beautiful Garden Stage every year as an excuse to get in. 2018 was a vintage year, seeing A-list indie headliners like Vampire Weekend and Feist play intimate shows (there are about 500 each) on the Woods Stage. But it’s the surprises that make End of the Road what is it: speculating who’s playing the secret sets in the Tipi, or discovering Bill Ryder Jones in the woods casually improv-ing on a piano. Just last year Ariel Pink whipped the crowd into a frenzy: part of a Sunday night wigout run that always seems to be a natural fit for the festival, they delivered something of a masterclass in danceified psychedelia. It’s one of the best curated festivals going – I’d recommend it to anyone.
We’re all gutted that festivals have mostly had to be cancelled this year, have you found ways to get out and about?
Getting to broadcast on Base Camp FM this year was a genuine privilege, and a reason to leave the house for a bit. It was set up by the Deer Shed Festival crew in the weekend the festival was supposed to be, which was a wonderful thing for the community, and it might turn out to be a very innovative idea: a socially distanced campsite with the festival vibes provided over the in house radio station. Well loved and very new bands from across Yorkshire like Mt Misery, The Howl and the Hum and Shadowlark came down to record live sessions for us, soundtracking the families’ socially distanced campfires and tinnies.
You know the bands that play Deer Shed are having as much fun as the crowd. We had Fran from Melbourne’s brilliant Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever on the radio show (they headlined Deer Shed last summer), and he was more than happy to wax lyrical about the festival: he remembers bracingly stepping out into Yorkshire’s suitably Withnail & I stormy weather to the seminal classic, “If you like piña coladas, And getting caught in the rain”, then proceeded to serve out members of the crowd with the cocktails. Brighton’s Dream Wife too are good friends of the festival, and proved a real hit with the younger members of our audience. They remembered performing some PG-rated versions from their back catalogue, like ‘F.U.U.’, with an army of kids chanting back “bad, bad witches”.
It’s probably what makes Deer Shed so special, the fact that it’s a family festival in the realest sense, and it’s an ethos that Oliver and Kate and the team carried through into Base Camp. The kids aren’t side-lined into a children’s area – in fact they make up half of the audience every year, and they’re right in the middle of the action with their parents, discovering new bands like Rolling Blackouts, The Go Team and Dream Wife for the first time. We’re so lucky to have a festival like Deer Shed on our doorstep in North Yorkshire and this year with Base Camp doubly so. Stereolab are playing next year if all goes to plan, which is sure to be another vintage year.
How would you describe your music taste and what got you into it?
It’s probably oddball pop, a bit leftfield and a bit out there. It’s always what I’ve leaned towards really. I’ve loved every album Metronomy do. Georgia’s ‘Seeking Thrills’ is one of my favourites of the year, a love letter to Chicago House, and more than deserving of the Mercury nod.
The Late of the Pier record still feels like a miracle. It’s called ‘Fantasy Black Channel’. Produced by Erol Alkan, it’s four kids from Nottingham (including Sam who we now know as LA Priest) making bedroom electropop, which on paper, could have been of its time, but its legacy has reverberated over the years – Dave Grohl and Mike Skinner are massive fans. All the stars seemed to align for that album – it’s a real lightning in a bottle moment.
Compilations have always been a big thing for me, and I think I have almost all the early Maison Kitsuné and Late Night Tales compilations. I used to love bands like Asteroids Galaxy Tour from Copenhagen in Denmark, and I can’t wait to see what they do next.
Hearing Everything Everything’s first singles, and that two-punch of ‘Photoshop Handsome’ and ‘My Keys Your Boyfriend’, that was the most exciting thing, and I’m excited for people to hear their new album. I think it might be their best yet.
Huw Stephens’ late night shows on Radio 1 I used to listen to religiously. Growing up in a little town in Yorkshire, the music capital of London felt very remote. You didn’t have a laptop or an iPhone at that age, so Huw’s late night shows were a window to an outside world of music. It was surreal, when I was 15, getting asked to DJ Huw’s Lake Stage at Latitude. My first gig, playing tunes between The 1975, Loyle Carner, Bo Ningen, NZCA Lines and Wolf Alice at the very beginning.
Tell us some of your top picks from the playlist…
A good entry point to the genre:
Everything Everything are always full of brilliance and invention, and I’m excited for people to hear the album next week. It’s called ‘Re-Animator’ and I think it might be their best. John Congleton’s on board (Grammy-tier producer for St Vincent, the Killers and Chairlift) and they’ve really gone to town on this record. There’s an in-the-moment, joyous exuberance seeping out of it in a way we haven’t really seen from them before. I hope they keep making music for many years to come.
Someone who’s a legend in the scene and you can’t think of left-field pop without hearing their name:
Georgia’s brilliant, everyone knows she’s brilliant. I’ve been a fan of her music for years now. Inpsired by Keith Flint from the Prodigy, onstage she looks like she’s charging into battle: drumkits crossed over head, battering her Simmons electronic drumkit (she was inspired by footage of her heroes Depeche Mode). The record ‘Seeking Thrills’ is just as bold and rallying, and the Mercury Prize nod is a cherry on top.
Someone you’re tipping for exciting things:
God, there’s too many to name. It’ll have to be a list. ML Buch from Denmark gave us a wonderful record this summer, which seems to reveal a bit more of itself on every listen.
Junior Brother from County Derry would be perfect for Beyond the Woods one day. He’s Ronan Kealy, from County Derry, and he writes stomping, big-hearted ye olde pub singalongs. The first time I saw him was at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in the Netherlands and he whipped the crowd into a frenzy.
I love Busacabulla and their track ‘NTE’. They’re originally from New York (they now live in Porto Rico), sharing that distinct, laidback, laisse fare sound of ESG and Tom Tom Club before them, and it’s the move to their new home that inspires their album ‘Regressa’.
Jarami are doing something very exciting. They’re Rami Dawod and Jacob Olofsson from Stockholm – one of those production duos that everyone in the industry knows and respects (they worked on Frank Ocean’s ‘Chanel’), but now they’re stepping out front and centre with their single ‘Company’. Definitely one of the singles of the year.
Though the festival was put on hold for the year, there’s been plenty of activity from Lincolnshire musicians. Over lockdown we’ve seen an incredible flurry of activity from local artists with some fantastic new releases in the past few months.
Alongside BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire we put together a special radio show to celebrate these musicians which saw four hours of coverage including specially recorded sessions from homes, gardens and our stunning festival site, DJ sets from local producers and best bits from previous years.
A real highlight was Ell Ivy, Cameron Minks both performing live from a garden near Lincoln, no mean feat considering they haven’t performed to anyone in months!
It’s safe to say that the standard of Lincolnshire musicians only seems to get better and better and we can’t wait to put plenty of them on our festival lineup next year. A big thanks to Hannah, Jono, Adam and the rest of the BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire team for helping put it all together!
Also featuring on the lineup were: Anna Straker, The Pylons, The Rills, Thomas Day, Toby Johnson and Suds. Plus DJ sets from Mexpha, Turtleneck, Marshall and Giants Watch the live stream back in full here.
Doing creative things in Lincolnshire? We want to hear from you!
We’re really keen to expand our festival community; and would love to hear from local musicians, creatives, promoters, entrepreneurs and businesses to shout about what you have been up to in the Lincolnshire music & arts scene.
Whether you’ve released a new track, started to gig again or generally have something to interesting to say, we’d love to know!
We may not be able to put on the festival this year for, err, obvious reasons, but that’s not going to stop us doing something!
We’re excited to be working alongside our friends at BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire to bring the BTW experience to your own home. All evening on Saturday 8th August you can hear specially recorded sets from a host of exciting Lincolnshire acts, as well as some bands playing live (in a socially distanced manner, of course)!
Local presenter and new-music champion Hannah Fletcher will be hosting the special programme which will go out live on BBC Radio Lincolnshire, with additional video streamed on Facebook. She’ll be joined by Joe – Founder of Beyond The Woods – for some insight into what would have been going on at the festival.
We’re encouraging everyone to get involved at home. Why not get the BBQ going, dress up in some festival gear and get the radio on, and don’t forget to tag us (@btwfestival) in any photos!