Wednesday, 29 August 2012

1234 Shoreditch Festival - Preview

This Saturday, we're off to the 1234 festival in Shoreditch. Each year, the 1234 team produces a line up of not only the best, buzziest new bands, but also musical legends. In 2010, they welcomed Fucked Up, Vivian Girls, Wavves and These New Puritans, in 2011 was The History of Apple Pie, Toy and Tim Burgess, and this year, they have an overwhelmingly strong line up, featuring everyone from the insanely fresh Keel Her and Gross Magic, to punk legends Buzzcocks.

Here is a run-down of the five acts we're most excited to see:

Winchester's Keel Her has gone from uploading scuzzy pop gems to Soundcloud daily, to signing to label Critical Heights and releasing a single produced by bedroom pop god R. Stevie Moore. If 1234 is the place to catch bands before they explode into fame, Keel Her is a band you need to see.

Canada's Dirty Beaches is arguably one of the most unique bands on the line up thanks to his distinctive voice and warm, gloomy atmospheres. His personal brand of lo-fi rock n roll has earned him comparisons to Elvis Presley and Suicide alike.
Former Sunny Day Sets Fire member Mauro Remmidi released his debut record Strange Weekend this year, to great acclaim. And deserved it was - the record was for the head and the heart, with layers of loops and texture, and touching lyrics. 

Brighton's Gross Magic is one man band Sam McGarrigle, who makes a fine stew of seventies sentimentality and rough garage rock. His music has drawn comparisons to both Nirvana and Ariel Pink, thanks to his lo-fi recording and pop sensibilities.
How can any list be complete without punk legends Buzzcocks? Commonly considered as one of the finest punk bands of all time, Buzzcocks likely influenced the most park of this years line up. With both a strong following, and mainstream success, the band's popularity and status makes Buzzcocks undoubtedly one of the greatest bookings the festival has ever made.

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