When it comes to festivals, you need to keep an eye on the smaller stages.
That’s where the bands you'll pretend you were already a massive fan of (when they hit the big time) play. The bands who truly deserve your musical attention.
Check out our top five up and comers, first seen at Victoria Park’s Lovebox Festival…
Signed to Ninja Tune records, you might have heard of the two piece from the home counties, Liam Ivory and Chris Davids, thanks to their explosively popular remixes of Fat Boy Slim, Kelis and Lana Del Rey tracks.
You can next catch the boys at Standon Calling and Soundwave festivals http://mariboustate.com/. They’ve pretty much already entered the higher echelons of electronic dancefloor superstardom.
Originally recruited as Jessie Ware’s tour drummer, Dornik is a London-born producer/ singer/ songwriter who’s been making waves since he released his debut Something About You in 2013.
Drive and Stand in Your Line basks in chillfunk opulence, with his rich and futuristic R&B sound often compared to the likes of Frank Ocean and even early Michael Jackson.
Upcoming gigs only scheduled as far as London’s Notting Hill Arts Club and Brixton Jamm.
Australian electronic producing duo Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell, aka Flight Facilities, are rapidly gaining a global following thanks to their catchy, floaty dance-disco, despite the fact they’re yet to release any music outside of their native country.
Despite working with some of the biggest names in Australian music history, and playing at festival heavyweights Coachella and Glastonbury, the pair have managed to stay relatively under the commercial radar.
The self-released slow-burner ‘Clair De Lune’, from their debut album Down To Earth, is a must hear.
Led by the charismatic Yukimi Nagano, the Swedish band have established themselves as a group who are continuously playing with the boundaries of their own sound, collaborating with the likes of SBTRKT and Gorillaz.
Little Dragon’s idiosyncratic style of pop is best witnessed in a live setting, and you can next catch them in the UK playing at Standon Calling Festival.
A unique mix of folk, R&B and hip hop - Raury is an artist whose self-assured sound is mind-bendingly impressive for a musician who can barely be categorised as an adult.
The 18-year-old singer/songwriter’s lyrics span his viewpoints on life affirmation and character development. His music which shows a maturity well beyond his years.
His critically acclaimed mixtape Indigo Child released in 2014 rightfully earned him fourth place in the BBC’s sound of 2015.
_ Image: Micaela McLucas _ _ Huge thanks to Lovebox Festival for having us. _
_ Words: _ Tania Willis