Don’t like that big name act pulling in the masses on the main stage? Often the best times to be had at a summer festival are spent trawling the smaller stages, checking out the stars of tomorrow.
With a wealth of established talent playing the festival season, as well as those hotly tipped newcomers all tucked away lower down the bill or headlining in a tent at the back of the field here we present a mini guide to those acts worthy of your precious time. Slap on the sunblock, slip into your wellies and get exploring.
Azealia Banks: Potty mouthed Azealia wowed the crowds on the NME tour earlier this year and with several festival appearances on her agenda, you should make time to check out her filthy brand of Harlem hip hop. 212 should set the fields alight and if you’re lucky she may pull her Prodigy and Interpol covers out of the bag to keep the indie kids happy. Rockness, Reading/Leeds, Bestival
The Cast Of Cheers: Fresh from supporting Blood Red Shoes on their recent tour, the Irish 4 piece combine tight guitar riffs and stomping drums to devastating effect. Energetic sets are a speciality so head down the front for some mosh pit action.
Y Not Festival, Latitude
Django Django: If you’re after some psychedelic art pop that fuses rocking guitars to fizzy electronics than you might want to seek out the catchy, hook laden tunes of this Devo inspired band. Suitably for an act on the rise you can catch them pretty much everywhere this summer Field Day, No Direction Home, T In The Park, Latitude, Reading/Leeds, Bestival
Grimes: Claire Boucher aka Grimes will be taking her hauntingly ethereal electronica out on the road this summer. Album ‘Visions’ can be harsh and mysterious, her celebrated live show should see her transcend the cool lists as she officially hits the big time. Not sure if her brand of clit rings will be available on the merchandise stall though. Field Day, Reading/Leeds, Bestival
Howler: ‘America Give Up’ the debut album from the Minneapolis 5 piece was released in January to great acclaim. Reminiscent of early Strokes, live they promise a more adrenalin fuelled setlist than many of their current indie peers. T In The Park, Latitude, Reading/Leeds
St Vincent: It is unfathomable to me that Annie Clarke aka St Vincent isn’t playing every major festival this year, headlining every second stage in the UK. ‘Strange Mercy’ her 2011 guitar shredding beauty of an album will be a highlight so Latitude revellers take note and ensure you see her at her only UK date this summer, Latitude
Toy: Masters in gloomy psychedelia like their mentors The Horrors, these former members of Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong arrived with a bang earlier in the year with the dazzling eight minute single ‘Left Myself Behind’ expect black lighting and plenty of mascara/sweaty goths down the front Tramlines, End Of The Road, Bestival
Tune Yards: Kooky, weird and unable t+o master the caps lock key tUnE-yArDs are all jarring guitars and clunking drums, sounds bloody awful doesn’t it but their feisty post punk songs bolstered by a frenetic live show could be a set to remember. Latitude, Green Man, Summer Sundae