The Idle Man: Ones To Watch At Beacons

Unlike the legend that is Sir Bob Geldof, we at The Idle Man HQ do like Mondays, as it means spreading the word to you guys about the great new artists that have graced our eardrums over the last week. Another thing we’ve been spreading the word about is Beacons Festival, which kicks off this Thursday in Skipton, North Yorkshire. If you haven’t decided to go yet, we’ll make it easy for you with our top 3 ones to watch this weekend.

FICKLE FRIENDS

There’s no denying the summer vibes when listening to Brighton five-piece Fickle Friends track ‘Swim’, it’s tinged with the sounds of an 80s summer, fuelled by an abundance of synth sounds and sweet dancy ‘coos that will keep you singing into your shower gel for weeks. Despite an array of upbeat riffs, the idea behind Swim’s lyrics reiterates the glum thought that we all get confused sometimes and feel like we’re drowning, and we aren’t alone. But don’t let the meaning of the lyrics kill your mood, enjoy the feel-good fun and fetch your dancing shoes!

Unlike the legend that is Sir Bob Geldof, we at The Idle Man HQ do like Mondays, as it means spreading the word to you guys about the great new artists that have graced our eardrums over the last week. Another thing we’ve been spreading the word about is Beacons Festival, which kicks off this Thursday in Skipton, North Yorkshire. If you haven’t decided to go yet, we’ll make it easy for you with our top 3 ones to watch this weekend.

DAUGHTER

Extremely european and pretty decent at producing modern folk music, Daughter is the 3 piece sensation that was put together by London native Elena Tonra, Swiss-born guitarist Igor Haefeli and French drummer Remi Aguilella. They won ‘Independent Album of the Year’ with ‘If you Leave’ at the AIM Independent Music Awards in London last year, but if that didn’t impress you, their track ‘Youth’ made a bizarre move into sports television history with their ‘beautifully bleak’ lyrics covering the ITV4 Tour de France soundtrack. A sign of things to come? We think so…

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART

When you combine the raw and wild British sounds of The Smiths and NME’s C86, it will sound a little something like American indie-pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Still going strong after seven years, TPOBPAH remind us why they are so great at producing noisy-pop by releasing their third album ‘Days of Abandon’ (out this year) which was also recorded in the UK. We look forward to seeing what these NYC guys have to offer at Beacons Festival!

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