Despite all the March time snow we’ve had, summer is looming, and summer means one thing – Music Festivals. Festivals are the greatest way to see a number of artists for a fraction of the price of seeing them all touring individually. Not only do you save money, you also get the opportunity to catch sets from new and upcoming artists that you might not have heard of yet.
Getting to see the new comers on the small stages and small crowds can be just as great as catching a huge artists on the main stage. So who is there to watch this year? Here are a few acts you should try and catch this summer before they blow up, BIG time.
You might of heard about Octavian recently as he experienced a huge online buzz following his release of his ‘Party Here’ track accompanied by a highly praised video. Shot for only £50 in car park the video has almost hit half a million views over the past few months. Born in France and raised in London the 21 year old rapper is on the come up, approved by Drake. The Canadian superstar was filmed singing along to ‘Party Here’ after the Golden Globes on instagram. With incredible beats and catchy lyrics, 2018 will be start of somethings massive for Octavian. To get a glimpse at the star in the making you’ll be able to catch a set from him at Strawberries & Creem festival and The Great Escape.
Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, known better by her stage name Princess Nokia is a rapper from New York. The fiercely independent 25 year old is pushing boundaries within rap, especially for woman. Princess Nokia is by no means a newcomer to the industry, but with very few performances in the UK and her latest project 1992 getting a lot of attention, getting to seeing her at a festival this year is the way to experience her insanely powerful stage presence before you’re paying triple figures to see her in in a arena. This summer you’ll be able to catch her at Field Day.
The London collective is made up of musicians, designers and videographers all under the age of 23. The group flew into the limelight when Frank Ocean played their single RWM on blonded radio 006. Being compared to the UK version of A$AP Mob, Brockhampton and Odd Future, this is only the start for the group, they’re going to blow up fast so catch them at the festivals whilst you can. This year you’ll be able to watch a set from the group at Strawberries & Creem Festival.
If anyone in the industry knows about hard work then its Denzel Himself. The South London MC writes, produces and records his own music as well as producing, directing and shooting his own videos. This one man wonder has a sound like no other, his distinct sound has been described as a dark and hardcore punk take on hip hop and it fits. He is about to be your new favourite rapper so go and see him in an up close and personal performance whilst you can. This year you’ll be able to watch him at Live at Leeds, Hit The North and two dates at The Great Escape.
Someone you’ll have definitely heard of before but maybe not seen live is Lisa Mercedez. Jamaican born dancehall MC Mercedez joined the Warning Crew back in 2005 before working with the likes of Stefflon Don, Ms Banks, Stylo G and Chip as well as working on tracks produced by Preditah she has something everyone wants. Bringing dancehall to the front line with commercial tunes she’ll be a lot of fun to watch. You can catch her at both Reading and Leeds as well as Wireless Festival.
Don’t worry, if you haven’t heard of Bobbi Lewis then you’ve got loads of opportunities to watch him this summer. The 26 year old singer/songwriter/rapper/producer/musician from East London brings you some really easy listening soulful tunes, making for the perfect festival vibes! Working with artists such as Not3s and Dotty on his R&B tracks Bobii Lewis is a star in the making. This summer you’ll be able to catch him at Reading and Leeds, Tramlines, The Great Escape and Broadmasters.
Grabbing a drink and heading to the smaller festivals and smaller stages might just be where you want to be this year as insane acts like these will be there showing you their worth.
Words by Moodie