The Claremonts: They came, they saw and they conquered the Aatma stage for our very own Emerging North Live at Aatma recently and I fully expect the same when they play Blackthorn this summer. This is a band primed and ready for festival success. They bring slick, bona fide indie anthems that are guaranteed to get you and their loyal army of Claremonts disciples moving and you can expect Blackthorn to be boyuncing when they perform. Seek out their recent indie banger Another Day, behold it’s beauty and then meet me at their set for a dance. See you there.
Corella: I saw these lads support the incredible Larkins at Gorilla recently in what is no doubt going to become a real “I was there” moment in this bands career. Despite being in their early, early stages as a band they performed with the confidence and song repertoire of a much more experienced band. They had a resilience about them that showed that this is a band not afraid of the big stage and I fully expect that to also be the case when they take the festival circuit by storm this summer. Recent release Fever will whip the Blackthorn crowds in to a frenzy and I can’t wait to be a part of it. Be sure to check out the Corella set and be a part of a journey that is going to see them hit music industry heights.
Ravellas: What. A. Band. I am absolutely delighted that Ravellas have been added to the Blackthorn line up. They are destined to take the fields by storm when they bring their “dirty, ugly indie rock n roll” to the stage and I cannot stress enough how much you have to be there to witness it. They headlined the March edition of Emerging North Live for us and I was spellbound by the sheer quality of not just their performance but the calibre of their songs too. Recent release Blush/Cause You Could perfectly flaunt what this band are capable of, check them out. Unmissable.
Saytr Play: Have I saved the best til last? Quite possibly. There are some incredible bands set to play over the Blackthorn Festival weekend but Saytr Play are quite possibly the ultimate festival band. Growing in stature and reputation all the time, Saytr Play are a band making a serious assault on the big time armed with an arsenal of wonderfully jovial tracks that are impossible not to like. At the heart of a Saytr Play live show there is 4 incredibly gifted musicians with the ability to entertain 100% of the time. Tracks like recent single Mothers Love and We Should’ve Been are absolute festival anthems and are guaranteed to be the soundtrack to your festival memories. So, It’s simple really, grab a beer, meet me down the front and let’s have a little dance shall we?
The festival is just around the corner now. With the past, present and future of music on show in the most glorious of surrondings and for just £55 there is no reason not to be there. As Tom Clarke from The Enemy said to me after their 2015 headline set “It’s got a real atmosphere, a great atmosphere that money can’t buy really. You can have the big budget of Glastonbury but it cant create that and what happened there was beautiful”. Beautiful it is. Tickets are available here. See you in the fields.