The Horrors, John Grant, Simian Mobile Disco, Public Service Broadcasting and Grandmaster Flash area among the first names announced for this year’s Blissfields Festival
They will be joined by the likes of Glass Animals, Ibibio Sound Machine, The Correspondents, Songhoy Blues, Novelist Melé and many more for the three-day event, which takes place near Winchester on July 2, 3 and 4.
This year’s Blissfields, the 15th, has been given the theme of Somewhere in Time, and is aiming to again pack out its 5,000 capacity site.
Eight years after The Horrors first appeared on the cover of NME, their fourth studio album Luminous marked them as one of the country’s leading, most consistent guitar acts. From their defiant early days of gothic garage-punk, they join Blissfields now as an internationally acclaimed headline act, with a truly unique sound and stage show.
Following a string of sold out shows, including The Royal Festival Hall in London, John Grant will also bring his raw, emotional and frank take on music to Blissfields for the first time. His latest solo album, Pale Green Ghosts, garnered five star reviews and was named Rough Trade’s Album Of The Year.
Simian Mobile Disco have bagged a late night live slot on the main stage this year, their set possibly including some of the remixes which bear their name - from the likes of Muse and Nine Inch Nails, to Bjork.
Blissfields also welcomes back Public Service Broadcasting. The duo’s original mix of electronica and indie with vocals hijacked from public information films has pioneered a new breed of music. Their stage show, complete with blinking TV sets, live strings and vintage suits, will beautifully join eras and attitudes together, fittingly nicely into the festival’s theme.
Elsewhere DJ pioneer and hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash will be serving his lessons in turntable technique.
With a long history of welcoming emerging talent, from Bastille in 2012, Sam Smith in 2013, and Years & Years in 2014, attention will once again be on the festival to highlight the best in new music. Palace, Flo Morrissey, Gengahr, Loyle Carner, Kiko Bun, Alex Adair, Ekkah and Songhoy Blues are just some of the names already twitching the curtain of the internet in that respect.
And there’s still time for local bands to get in on the act as well. The festival is continuing its annual battle of the bands competition, The Road To Blissfields, where unsigned bands get the chance to win a space on the bill.
The Portsmouth leg of RTB takes place on April 9 at The Kings Theatre in Southsea. Acts have until February 28 to apply.
Tickets for the weekend cost £90 for adult and £65 for children. Go to blissfields.co.uk for ticket and RTB information.