HMLTD 

Possibly the most frequently discussed band emerging from the current South London scene, HMLTD appear to inhabit a world that is entirely their own. Seemingly living their lives as an ongoing performance piece, they provide what will undoubtedly be one of the most enthralling, ridiculous performances of the weekend, whilst pushing the sonic capabilities of guitar music as we know it. As recent single release “To the Door / Music” shows, they also have the tunes to back up the absurdity of their outfits. Not to be missed.

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THE HAUNT

8:30pm Friday

PRINCE ALBERT

11:30pm Saturday

Dead Pretties 

North London three piece Dead Pretties are going to save music. Channelling influences ranging from The Stooges to Tom Waits, they play no-nonsense rock and roll seething with rabid emotion.   Having recently released their debut single “Social Experiment”, playing to increasingly fevered crowds with each performance, and a setlist your favourite band would kill to own, these blokes are gonna be massive. Watch this space.

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THE HAUNT

7:30pm Friday

Matt Maltese 

It takes a certain level of talent to transcend the stereotypical singer-songwriter banality that has become so popular with the masses of our time, and Matt Maltese has the ability to do just that. Channelling a less heart-broken Leonard Cohen, he often sits alone at a piano, pouring his sorrows onto enthralled crowd. Couple such heartfelt songwriting with a razor-sharp sense of wit, and as his set concludes, you’ll be crying and laughing in equal measure.

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ONE CHURCH

8:30pm Friday

Goat Girl

Despite playing with a nonchalance usually reserved for disgraced government ministers on holiday, Goat Girl sneer at the ills of the world with a deadpan sense of cynicism that is in ways more effective than the testosterone driven screaming so popular among the disaffected that are capable of playing the guitar. The two tracks they have available online: ‘Scum’ and ‘Country Sleaze’ showcase the feat of sounding both impassive and furious simultaneously. Catch them on the Thursday night for a masterclass in passive aggression.

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PAGANINI BALLROOM

7:15pm Thursday

SHAME

The sheer anger and ferocity that emanate from every track SHAME play make it easy to assume they’re simply another ‘Slaves’, plugging sub-intellectual meaninglessness to a load of blokes drinking Carling and punching each other. However, despite offering an equally energetic lager fuelled live show, SHAME provide a deeper feel to the hedonism. Their more socially, politically aware tracks may still inspire you to headbutt the bloke in the moshpit next to you, but only on your way to the local Labour party meeting.

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8:30pm Thursday

Sorry

Sorry (FKA FISH) are frequently billed as the poster band for the quasi-grunge revival happening across the capital. But to simplify them into a cocktail of ripped jeans and self-loathing would be lazy. Consistently delivering bittersweet parcels of anxiety  into your ears, the complexity of songwriting and lyricism far outstrips the generic traits associated with the genre, and transcends the  post pubescent angst that characterises so many of their contemporaries within the field.

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HORATIO’S

10:00pm Saturday

The Moonlandingz

One of the more established bands of the festival, the Moonlandingz are by no measure any less vibrant and volatile. Fronted by Lias Saoudi of the Fat White Family, this ‘fictional’ band guarantee a level of debauchery that could cause even the most seasoned liberal scenesters to shit themselves in shock. Spectacle aside, tunes like the phenomenal ‘Strangle of Anna’, and the depraved sleaze of ‘Sweet Saturn Mine’ show that they have the musical capacity to both inspire and cauterize the senses. Expect an all-encompassing, visceral live show, that will make you want to drop out of university, turn your back on your trust fund, and start selling pills on Camden high street.

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THE HAUNT

9:30pm Thursday

YOWL

Gritty Peckham five-piece YOWL exude a growling, throbbing personification of the harsh reality of inner city life. Meandering basslines on tracks like “Saturday Drag” underpin tales of existential dread trapped in a life of inescapable mundanity. This is not to say YOWL are paragons of the nationwide anxiety overflowing in 2017 Britain, as their music still contains a tongue-in-cheek edge that sets it apart from the melancholic hopelessness so fashionable with many other acts of the moment. With a reputation for performing some of the most high-octane live sets around, go and catch them at BLEACH on the Friday night- soon they’ll be playing gigs in much less intimate settings.

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BLEACH

9:30pm Friday

Words: Dan Pare