PREVIEW: Redfest 2014
Rhiannon Lane give us her pick of bands for this years Redfest in Surrey.
Taking place July 25th & 26th, set on the idyllic Robin Cook farm in Surrey, Redfest is entering into its eighth year. The line-up this year features a wide mix of musical stylings, not just from well-known bands, but also a wide variety of emerging artists. The acts will be spread across the Main Stage, The Total Uprawr Alternative Rock Stage and The Introducing Stage, in addition to a DJ who will be kicking out tunes in the Dance Tent until 2am, for those who really want to party!
If you haven’t yet decided who you’ll be seeing, why not take a look at some of my top picks and recommendations for the weekend to give you a helping hand. Then buy tickets!
They are back by popular demand this year and if you like your ska then The Skints are an obvious choice at Redfest. Their vocalist Marcia has crazy amounts of talent, she can play about a dozen different instruments and the speed at which she can rap is remarkable. This is the band to get everyone dancing like Godzilla on Saturday. Live, Breathe, Build, Believe is (in my opinion) their strongest album, however their latest EP Short Change, which has a stronger reggae feel is a grower.
Skindred probably don’t need recommending to anyone, because unless you live in under a rock you know who they are and how good they are. They have stage presence, enthusiasm, killer tunes and attitude and there really isn’t anyone else like them around. Likely to have the most eclectic mix of fans because of their totally unique hybrid of genres, there’s something for everyone. “We ain’t fucking about Redfest, You’re GETTING IT!” – Benji Webbe.
Wales is responsible for so many talented alternative bands recently and The Dirty Youth are definitely one of them, producing track after track of memorable hard hitting hard rock. They are hot off their tour with Glamour Of The Kill and Heaven’s Basement and have recently released ‘The Dirty Youth Project’ via PledgeMusic after the hugely popular ’28 Gigs Later’ dvd. Requiem of the Drunk will no doubt be played but their latest single, Alive is the one to listen out for. It’s such a strong track, Danni’s voice is just fantastic, and it resonates with you ages after the song ends.
Headlining the Introducing Stage on the Friday night is Beans on Toast, providing a refreshing alternative to the heavy bands on the other stages. As he says himself he just says what he wants, he’s not being deliberately political but he does sing about real life and the issues that real people are thinking about. Sold Out Shows from his latest album, Giving Everything is the track to listen out for.
The Catharsis are everything you need in a hardcore band, they are brutally relentless and give everything to their shows. Their constant touring has started to pay off; they’ve been making more of a name for themselves and are being added to a lot of festival line-ups, so take the time to see them now before they are packing out tents and you can’t get anywhere near the front. They have a very strong and loyal fan base and you can expect a lot of movement in the pit … whether you want to join in or not is up to you.
The job of Friday night headliner on the Total Uprawr Stage goes to Heart of a Coward, and it will be the job of the crowd to keep up with the energy they bring. The Milton Keynes quintet call themselves heavy metal but there is some definite hardcore mixed in, as well as clean vocals (listen to Distance from latest album Severance) proving that Jamie can do far more than growl and scream … although he does that well too.
This is what happens when you mix hardcore with hip hop and grime. For the last 8 years they have been a big part of the London underground scene but now they are making a break for the mainstream. Their album launch show at the end of 2013 sold out and this year they have been added to a plethora of festival line-ups. Top track is 3 Letters, 4 Seasons from the Nation album.
Hailing from Southampton is melodic metalcore 5 piece band called, Our Hollow, Our Home. Ordinarily they play small venues so it will be a change to see them in a bigger space and out in the open. Hopefully they will be able to deliver the same tight set the regular audience has become accustomed to. Their debut EP Redefine is due to be released this year.
For more info, full lineup and to buy tickets, visit www.redfest.co.uk.
Tickets: £68 weekend, £36 day in advance
Site open: from 6pm Thursday 24th July for Early Bird ticket holders Main arena opens: 9am Friday 25th July
Site closes: 6pm Sunday 27th July