FAULT Magazine Summer 2017 Festival Guide

Who

Frank Ocean , Jamie Xx , Mac Miller , Solange , Sampha , Kaytranada , Ray Blk , Mick Jenkins , Rex Orange County , The Fedz , Raheem Bakaré , Noisey Djs, Rag’n’bone Man , Rüfüs , Sälen Chase & Status (Live) , Jess Glynne , Annie Mac , Dj Ez , Kano , Anne-marie , Raye , Club Drive

What

Lovebox have now announced Solange and Frank Ocean as headliners for 2017 and we are more than excited. Both performers released critically acclaimed albums respectively in 2016 and fans will sure to be excited for the release of these details. Being the eclectic festival that they are, there’s truly something for everyone this year. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Jamie XX, Mac Miller, Chase & Status and many more FAULT Favourites will be there.

As they enter their fifteenth year, Lovebox has made a name for itself with lineups featuring taste making-headliners and need-to-know acts from Britain and around the world.

Where

London – Victoria Park

When

14-15th July

Tickets

www.loveboxfestival.com

Who

Metronomy, Crystal Fighters, Toots & The Maytals, Wild Beasts , Peaches , Ray Blk , Honne ,,jagwar Ma , Jeremy Loops , Rejjie Snow ,tom Misch , Kate Nash , Akala , Jorja Smith , Fickle Friends , Bonzai , The Moonlandingz , Deap Vally , All Them Witches , Jain , Pumarosa , Zak Abel , Will Joseph Cook , Tom Grennan , Mabel , Etta Bond , Be Charlotte , Toothless , North Downs ,?Let’s Eat Grandma , Seramic , Charlotte Oc , Laurel , Anteros , Aine Cahill , Cosmo Sheldrake , Mont Jake

What

This year, our FAULT Favourite Festival ‘Secret Garden Party’ is back with a clear message to the fame worshipping and excluding masses, “bore off, we all run this town!” This summer the Secret Garden Party invites all into the most inclusive VIP-LOL-OFF for their 15th SGP ever themed – “Sweet Dreams. Are made of these? And who are we to disagree…” It’s no surprise that we LOVE attending SGP each year and would likely still attend even if the lineup wasn’t to our taste but time and time again they have filled their lineup with FAULT Favourite bands and this year is no exception.

Where

Cambridgeshire – Mill Hill Field

When

20-23 July

Tickets

http:,,www.secretgardenparty.com,

Who

Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, The xx, The National, Biffy Clyro, Katy Perry, Barry Gibb, Royal Blood, Stormzy
Chic, Major Lazer, Alt-J, Boy Better Know, Lorde, Solange, Run the Jewels, Laura Marling, Kris Kristofferson, The Jacksons, Emeli Sandé, Phoenix

What

Come on, you know about Glastonbury by now! Not to mention the lineup is batshit crazy but we love it. Whether you have a an eclectic music taste or just a large group of mates with diverse music tastes; you’re bound to have fun at Glasto 2017. Skank out to Stormzy, jive with The Jacksons and sing your lungs out to Solange all in the same week – chances are you won’t get many chances to see so many great performers under the proverbial roof that is Glastonbury.

Where

Glastonbury – Worthy Farm

When

21st – 25th June

Tickets

www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

Who

Chance The Rapper Skepta The Weeknd Abra Cadabra AJ X DENO Big Narstie Big Tobz Bryson Tiller (UK Festival Exclusive) Bugzy Malone Cadet Dave Desiigner DJ Charlsey Fetty Wap (UK Festival Exclusive) Flatbush Zombies G-Eazy (UK Festival Exclusive) Geko Hilltop Hoods Jez Dior Kojo Funds Lil Dicky Lil Uzi Vert Lil Yachty (UK Festival Exclusive) Mike Skinner and Murkage Present TONGA MoStack Nas (UK Festival Exclusive) Nef The Pharaoh Noname Post Malone Rae Sremmurd (UK Festival Exclusive) Sean Paul Section Boyz Stefflon Don The Age of L.U.N.A Tim Westwood Topaz Jones Tory Lanez Travis Scott (UK Festival Exclusive) Ty Dolla $ign Tyga Wiley WizKid Young T and Bugsey Young Thug (UK Festival Exclusive) Yuna Yungen Zara Larsson

What

Wireless Festival today adds five further artists to its 2017 line up, including some of the biggest names in home-grown talent Bugzy Malone, Geko and Kojo Funds, as well as international stars Fetty Wap and Travis Scott for two UK festival exclusive performances.

Where

London – Finsbury Park

When

7-9th July

Tickets

http:,,www.wirelessfestival.co.uk,tickets

What

Now in it’s 11th year, Field Day has consistently proved itself to be one of the leading festivals in the UK. Exceptional programming over the years have seen the best in upcoming and legendary acts and this year Field Day is set to surpass expectations once again with Aphex Twin playing in a brand new stage plus Flying Lotus, Slow Dive and many more confirmed to grace the festival’s many other stages in

Who

Aphex Twin, Fatima Yamaha – live, Flying Lotus, Marcel Dettmann, Midland, Moderat, Nicolas, Forest Swords ,Forth Wanderers, Gaika, Haelos

Where

London – Victoria Park

When

3 June

Tickets

fielddayfestivals.com,tickets

Who

Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, the xx, Aphex Twin, Grace Jones, Slayer, Solange, and Van Morrison,Run The Jewels, Mac DeMarco, Miguel, Flying Lotus, the Magnetic Fields, Angel Olsen, Grandaddy, Sampha, Swans, Broken Social Scene, Mitski, the Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, the Damned, the Descendents, Priests, King Krule, Gordi, Pinegrove, Mannequin Pussy, Cymbals Eat Guitars,

What

Year after year, Primavera have paired contemporary and culturally relevant artists alongside living legends who paved the way for originality within the music industry and 2017 is looking to be no exception to that rule. Classic festival favourites Arcade Fire, Aphex Twin and Bon Iver tear the stage up at every appearance and we’re sure Primavera Sound 2017 will be no different. Solange, Frank Ocean and The XX arguably released three of the best albums of 2016 and on their merit alone will bring music lovers from across Europe and beyond to Barcelona next May.  That’s all before we even mention that Run The Jewel, Skepta, Flying Lotus and FAULT #23 Alumni Miguel will also be performing. Alongside these contemporaries, festival goers can also bask in the presence of legends Van Morrison and  Grace Jones who have made undeniable contributions to music throughout their respective careers.

Where

Spain – Barcelona

When

31 May – 4 Jun

Tickets

www.primaverasound.com

Who

Aphex Twin, Fatima Yamaha – live, Flying Lotus, Marcel Dettmann, Midland, Moderat, Nicolas Jaar, Nina Kraviz

What

Hideout is firmly cemented as the leading electronic music festival in Europe, the six open air stages will once again play host to the best in electronic music. With Croatia now a globally recognised destination for dance music, Hideout Festival is at the forefront of the scene. Six incredible years of stand out line-ups spanning the whole spectrum of electronic music, Hideout has become one of the definitive european dance music events in the calendar.

Where

Croatia – Pag

When

26th – 30th June

Tickets

http:,,www.hideoutfestival.com,

Who

Rae Sremmurd, French Montana, Sean Paul, Lady Leshurr, Krept & Konan, DJ Jazzy Jeff

What

Fresh Island is Europe’s leading hip-hop and urban music festival, set against the backdrop of the stunning island of Pag in Croatia. The festival has become renowned for welcoming the finest international talent to the shores of Zrce Beach to play across its three open-air superclubs and in the last five years has hosted performances by Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Eve, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Stormzy, JME and many more.

Where

Croatia – Pag

When

11th – 13th July

Tickets

Fresh-island.org

FAULT go backstage with Arcade Fire at BST Festival in London’s Hyde Park

 

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Arcade Fire performing at BST Festival in Hyde Park

Arcade Fire seem to be on yet another a roll of success – especially after their recent headline performance at Glastonbury – and so the excitement for London’s Hyde Park to be hosting their BST (British Summer Time) gig was incredible! Sadly we arrived too late to catch Wild Beasts‘ show, although we did manage to catch the end of Jake Bugg’s set. Bugg’s enticing, grainy vocals were a perfect complement the setting sun over the London skyline.

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Backstage during Arcade Fire’s set

The atmosphere was great – as you might expect in a country where celebrations of sunny days are all too few and far between – and the crowd was in high spirits throughout.. Despite the hype, the event undersold by two thirds. Many of those who made it, however, were thrilled to take advantage of a booking glitch that saw hundreds of tickets sold for as little as £2 each!

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Jake Bugg warms up the crowd

We hung out backstage before Arcade Fire’s set and mingled with their entourage of drag queens – who, of course, looked as glamorous in person as they did on-screen at Glastonbury.

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Arcade Fire’s Drag Queens. Hey Louie [Banks; far right]!

The band grouped together on the ramps at the rear of the main stage, all glistening in metallics, sequins and printed ensembles, before they each walked out onto the stage in front of the roaring crowd. It was one of those rare moments you get to feel that sort of response for yourself as we walked on behind them to stand at the side of the stage. The energy the audience gives is unbelievable – intimate and intimidating all at the same time. Their set was truly beautiful- playing huge hits, all tied together with romantic visual backdrops. The show was filled with colour and boasted love throughout.

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The visuals backdrop behind Arcade Fire on stage

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Walking on stage with Arcade Fire

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Words and images by Lux and Noah

 

FAULT Future: Wild Swim

Wild Swim

‘The Best of Oxford’ is a collaboration between Oxford promotions group PinDrop and Buffalo Bar in Islington. The night sees the venue play host to three local bands of the Oxford music scene on the last Tuesday of every month. Headlining the bill this month was much feted up and comers Wild Swim.

Wild Swim recently recorded their first single ‘Echo’, produced by Steve Osborne (the man behind Cat’s Eyes eponymous debut album) and accompanied by B-side ‘Bright Eyes’, which is set to be released on 26th November. The bar has already been set pretty high in the last few years with Oxford spawning Indie-Pop bands such as Foals, Young Knives and Stornoway but these five lads are definitely on their way to punching their weight with them.

Wild Swim are technically accomplished for their age – something that is no doubt strengthened by the eight years they have spent playing together. Their vocals resonate with a sound that seems much older than they actually are and their recording of the single ‘Echo’ is highly polished. At first listening, it is easy to draw comparisons with bands such as Wild Beasts and Chapel Club, mainly due to that distinctive vocal style; however this track doesn’t do nearly enough justice to the diversity of their live set.

On stage, singer Richard Sansom adds a breathy, Lana Del Ray style vocal to melancholic synth playing consistently through second song ‘Bright Eyes’, positioned as close to the crowd as possible and swaying from side to side with eye-lids flickering. In other songs, Sansom’s voice breaks to Alex Clare heights accompanied by deep backing vocals, haunting layers of tremolo picking and repetitive riffs. Wild Swim recently supported the bands Egyptian Hip Hop and Django Django at SWN festival in Cardiff last month and it’s clear from their developing stage presence and the strong dynamics at the root of their songs that this band will be one to watch.

We sat down with Richard (vocals) and Jacob (bass) after the gig to find out more about them.

FAULT: How would you describe Wild Swim?

Eclectic.

When did you start playing together?

We’ve been together in various forms since we were 12 and we’re all 20 now. We’ve had a lot of changes; we’ve had changes of band members and we’ve had many, many name changes before we finally settled on Wild Swim. We were called Picture House for quite a while but then this Irish band from the ‘90s reformed and tried to sue us so we didn’t take them on. Terrible name [anyway].

What are your main influences?

We draw inspiration from lots of different genres… For example, Jamie and Carlos, the two guitarists, they’re also DJs – so we like techno. We don’t incorporate a lot of it, it doesn’t influence my singing for example, but we like techno.

What song have you been listening to this week?

Grizzly Bear – Yet Again.

What is your FAULT?

If Myself, Jacob and Sam are left on our own nothing gets done, things get broken. The other two left us to practice once and while they were gone we had an indoor fireworks session and did a five hour DJ set!

Check out Echo here:

 

Words by Rebecca Hopkins
Photography by Eva Cookney