Following two incredibly successful years at The Great Escape, Levi’s® OnesToWatch® returns to the Brighton Festival this May with another line-up of live and acoustic bands, DJ’s, a secret show, and some not so-secret after parties.
Once again Levi’s® takeover the entire Audio nightclub for the three days, bringing some of the best up and coming acts to their stage. Levi’s® will host a series of afternoon terrace parties with super-cool French four-piece Kid Bombardos, electro-poppers Fortune and Canadian indie-kids Young Rival, who’ll be rocking the party in the summer sun. You’ll need special wristbands for entry to these sessions and these will be available exclusively at The Levi’s® Store in Brighton’s Churchill Square, every day from 9th – 15th May. Also watch out for Levi’s® one-off secret gig that you won’t want to miss…
Evenings will be a not-to-miss affair with some the industry’s top talents performing to a packed out house. Thursday’s headliner will be British art-rock powerhouse These New Puritans with support from hot dance-floor property that is Fenech Soler, and Icelandic duo Feldberg.
On Friday Vancouver Garage Rock band Japandroids lead the way with a little help from west Londoners Goldhawks, and self proclaimed ‘mad studio scientists’ North Atlantic Oscillation.
Summer Camp top the bill with their dreamy summer anthems on the Saturday, supported perfectly by the retro pop sounds of Frankie & The Heartstrings, and the psychedelic art-pop of Djanjo Django.
As the night draws in, Audio will play host to three Levi’s® After Parties which will featuring Alex Metric from Radio 1’s In New DJ’s We Trust, Primary One and Joe and Will Ask who will be supplying the soundtrack to the evenings proceedings.
The Levi’s® OnesToWatch® at The Great Escape Festival 2010 confirmed line-up:
Thursday 13th May
Levi’s® Kid Bombardos – Afternoon terrace set with Levi’s® 5.01
Levi’s® Fenech Soler
Levi’s® These New Puritans
Levi’s® After Party: TBC & TBC
Friday 14th May
Levi’s® Fortune – Afternoon terrace set with Levi’s® 5.01
Levi’s® North Atlantic Oscillation
Levi’s® After Party: Alex Metric (Radio 1) & Primary One
Saturday 15th May
Levi’s® Young Rival – Afternoon terrace set with Levi’s® 5.01
Levi’s® Django Django –
Levi’s® Frankie and the Heartstrings
Levi’s® OnesToWatch® Summer Camp
Levi’s® After Party: TBC & Joe and Will Ask
Audio, Brighton, 10 Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1TL
These New Puritans
A British Art-Rock outfit from Southend-on-Sea, These New Puritans are influenced equally by hip-hop, synth pop, alt rock and classical music. Their live show often includes a variety of instruments and sounds, from bassoon to taiko drums. The band first came to prominence through series of high profile live appearances alongside the likes of The Kills and Klaxons, and their 2008 debut album, Beat Pyramid which was hailed by the music press. Latest album Hidden incorporates elements of dancehall, electronica and pop, with songs that set them well apart from their guitar contemporaries.
Japandroids (AKA Jpndrds) is a two-piece band from Vancouver, Canada, conceived in 2006 as a creative outlet for the post-teenage angst of Brian King and David Prowse. Originally intended to be a trio, the boys decided to forgo the logistical nightmare of having a ‘lead singer’ and do it themselves. As a consequence, Japandroids are 1 guitar, 1 set of drums, and 2 vocalizers. They call it garage rock. They don’t care what you call it, as long as it’s not minimal. Japandroids are maximal – a two-piece band trying to sound like a five piece.
Summer Camp (Headline)
Started almost by accident as a clandestine musical project by Elizabeth Sankey and Jeremy Warmsley (their first ever track was a haunting, fuzzed out take on The Flamingos’ “I Only Have Eyes For You”), Summer Camp create the kind of utterly mesmeric, sepia-toned dream pop which seems predestined to form the perfect soundtrack to first kisses and adolescent crushes; romance and yearning. The melancholic “Ghost Train”, for instance, sounds not unlike girl groups from the 60’s wrapped in a warm blanket of lo-fi gauze and dusted lightly with pure pop sugar, while the cinematic “Montgomery Avenue 1984”, like a snippet from a classic film, manages to evoke an entire universe of love and longing in its brief running time. Their single, out on Moshi Moshi this month, signals the arrival of a new and most unusual talent in the pop firmament, while also serving as an utterly spellbinding introduction to the slanted and enchanted world of Summer Camp.
Fenech-Soler are hot dancefloor property right now, having recently collaborated on Groove Armada’s remarkable Paper Romance and remixed the latest Marina & The Diamonds single Hollywood into a club and blog sensation. New single Stop And Stare, released on Moda Music on 19th April, once again taps the band’s gift for radio-friendly hooks and peak time floor filling.
Originally conceived as a studio project by brothers Ben and Ross Duffy, with child hood friend Dan Soler – whiling away the hours of a sleepy existence in provincial Cambridgeshire – the trio combined with drummer and studio partner Andrew Lindsay to create an unlikely production powerhouse and a formidable live act. Brewing their own brand of fantasy pop, they were first spotted by French dance don Alan Braxe, who released debut single The Cult Of Romance on his Vulture label last summer. Introduced to London via Paris, the band have picked up plays from Pete Tong, Kissy Sell Out, Eddie Temple Morris, and Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and daytime Radio 1.
Named after the street where brothers Bobby and Jack Cook grew up, west London five-piece Goldhawks are a band with ambition, clearly demonstrated by the sheer depth and breadth of front-man Bobby’s vocal range and charisma. A new band that have already got fans blogging like crazy about their semi-legendary live shows that are more like revivalist meetings than gigs, their debut single Running Away features giant opening guitar riffs, and Bobby breathing fire and brimstone, swaying to the beat, tearing the songs from his soul.
Frankie & The Heartstrings
Produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons, Florence & The Machine), Frankie & The Heartstrings’ new 7” single Tender & I Want You Back (released on Popsex in April) is a recording of pure retro-pop class. Currently working on their debut album, due for release at the end of the summer, the band have racked up performances at the NME Award show, Radio 1’s In Music We Trust and support slots with fellow North-Easteners The Futureheads.
Featuring the bluesy, soulful sound of vocalist Rosa Birgitta Isfeld, Icelandic duo Feldberg create music, which is a combination of electronic, acoustic, folk and percussion elements, whilst maintaining a pop sensibility. The track Dreaming from their forthcoming album Don’t be a Stranger will be featured on the much-coveted 2010 Kitsune Maison compilation set.
North Atlantic Oscillation
Often compared to the likes of Brian Wilson, Pink Floyd and Sigur Ros, Edinburgh-based three piece North Atlantic Oscillation cite influences that range from Blur, to Orbital and Chick Corea, melding timeless rock moves with sequencing, and the latest laptop technology. An ever-evolving entity, mad studio scientists who prefer to conduct their sound experiments on stage, NAO have shared stages with the likes of Explosions In The Sky, Everything Everything, Stardeath and White Dwarfs. Debut album ‘Grappling Hooks’ is a subtle yet powerful kaleidoscope of purring electronics, atmospheric layers and hook-laden melodies – out now on Kscope.
Django Django are a four piece that met at Art School in Edinburgh, they sport a unique sound, almost impossible to put into words, perhaps best described as Psychedelic Art pop focusing on cadence and mixing live instrumentation with electronic sounds. Buzzed by the music press, this band is gaining a strong following thanks to their great live show.
Their average age may only be 19, but this four piece; hailing from Bordeaux in France have already made their mark on the uber-cool French music scene. Comprising of three brothers – Thomas, Vincent and Simon Martinelli, along with childhood friend David Loridan, the band have appeared at a number of festivals including Le Printemps de Bourges, Garorock, Francofolies of La Rochelle, and Garden Nef Party in Angoulême. Influenced by New York rock acts such as The Strokes, the candor of British pop, and Velvet Underground, the band have opened for the likes of Hushpuppies and Vampire Weekend.
Picked and mixed from a variety of genres, from classic pop to electro and disco, Fortune write dance-floor-ready youth-anthems, which still manage to retain a ferocious rock dynamic.
Canadian indie-rockers Young Rival describe their sound as combining the subtlety of The Zombies with the brashness of Arctic Monkeys, and have toured with the likes of Tokyo Police Club and Born Ruffians.