CloseUp is once more festival bound, this time to Warwickshire, for what is easily one of the best lineups indie music has seen in a long time. 110 Above prides itself on becoming a staple date in the diary for any fan of the up and coming, and this year they have pushed the boat out. Headliners Vaults, Hudson Taylor and Dog is Dead will no doubt set the main stage alight for their respective sets. However, there is a few acts we in particular, we cannot wait to see.
So, here goes, the first 6 acts we certainly won’t be missing this year, and you shouldn’t either:
- Clean Cut Kid – 3 guys and 1 girl from Liverpool, the 4 piece have had an extraordinary start to the year, recently summed up by their sold out showcase at ‘The 100 Club’ in London. With a sound more reflective perhaps of the mid-south and the countrified likes of Seasick Steve than Liverpool, the band also gained a place at the famous SXSW festival this year in the US-of-A. Starting 2016 on a national tour with 2015’s success story Fickle Friends, saw them gain a number of fans they established a solid fan-base, resulting in BBC radio 1 airplay and much more. Past singles ‘Vitamin C’ and ‘Pick Me Up’ are set to resonate well with a crowd that will no doubt know their back catalog inside out.
2. High Tyde – Arguably the act we could be most excited for, High Tyde offer a whirlwind live performance partnered with a new EP that has had plugging from the likes of Annie Mac, Clash magazine and many more in the know. After a March headline tour that ended in a sold out show at Dingwalls, they’ll certainly be no shortage of people (including us) trying to get to the front of the crowd for their set at 110 Above. What sets High Tyde apart from many similar acts is their differentiation. Track ‘These Nights’ off of the previously mentioned new EP ‘Safe’ transcends into a spin on a Hip Hop song, whereas lead single ‘Dark Love’ has all the angst and aggression of a pubescent teen, demonstrating their ability to write addictive tunes throughout the various sub genres they are almost single-handedly reinventing.
3. Pixel Fix – One of the many acts we have previously worked with, we can vouch for these guys, not that they need it. 2016 has been a great year for the 4 piece, seeing them already have a really positive nationwide headline tour as well as supporting Lights on several stops of her headline tour. With a massive online following of their music, Pixel Fix’s unique brand of electronic indie is resonating well both nationwide and internationally, so ensure you don’t miss a powerful set from the Oxford boys.
4. Sundara Karma – After a successful 2015 thanks to singles such as ‘Flame’ and ‘Indigo Puff’, the Reading 4-piece are well on the way to making themselves a household name. In fact, on the subject of their name, Sundara is a Sanskrit word that has connotations of beauty and respect, and their floaty yet provocative image is reflected in their sound. With heavy Radio 1 backing on latest single ‘A Young Understanding’, rumours of an Album in the Autumn are exciting those up and down the country. As one of the bigger names at this years 110 Above they’ll no doubt deliver a trademark live performance.
5. Deco – Nottingham alternative indie rock act Deco have been quietly making waves in the last 12 months, with debut track ‘Turn Around’ resonating especially well within the scene hitting over 22k plays in just 6 months, not bad for a debut track if you ask us! With some great support/festival slots already conquered/in the diary for this year (Dot to Dot, 110 Above, 2Q, Supporting Lisbon etc) they are well worth taking a chance over with a cold beer during (a hopefully sunny) day at 110 this year.
6. KYKO – One of the most in demand emerging talents right now, solo artist KYKO is somebody else we simply will not be missing at this years festival. Already earning comparisons to the likes of Bastille, St Raymond (The early pre-album St Raymond may we add) and other big names, his ballad-esque summer sound has been captivating venues up and down the country. Early singles ‘Animals’ and ‘Headlights’ will no doubt be big parts of his set. The impression we get is that give it a few years and he could be headlining festivals nationwide, so do not miss the opportunity to see him at such a unique and intimate festival.