FKA Twigs, Caribou, Patti Smith – the Field Day line-up just gets better and better and we can’t wait! East London’s favourite festival is taking place on 6th-7th June this summer and we’ve got the ultimate prize up for grabs.

Not only could you win a pair of tickets to the festival in Victoria Park, but the prize also includes a night’s stay at the achingly cool Ace Hotel in Shoreditch for you and a friend. Forget festival camping – you’ll be put up in one of the Ace’s luxe boutique rooms (all vintage furniture and modern art on the walls) and be treated to breakfast from its Bulldog Edition cafe.

Sound good? To enter, simply look out for the daily competition tweet here and retweet to win!

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THE BEST CROATIAN FESTIVALS

Posted on April 24, 2015

So many festivals, so little time! With miles of sun-soaked beaches and stunning scenery, Croatia has fast become the ultimate music getaway – but which one to go for? Follow our guide to the best of the bunch.

The established one: HIDEOUT 

Now celebrating its fifth birthday, Hideout is a sell-out out every year. And it’s not hard to see why. Located on the idyllic island of Pag, it offers the best beach and boat parties, this year soundtracked by the likes of Duke Dumont, Sigma and Eats Everything. What’s not to love?

Hideout, 28th June-2nd July, tickets from: £129 

The cool one: DIMENSIONS

Boiler Room sets, collabs with Crack magazine and free haircuts from trendy hairdresser Blue Tit – Dimensions brings edge to the Croatian festival scene. This year there’s some real Topshop favourites playing – including Little Dragon and Four Tet. And with stages built inside a 19th-century fort, you won’t find a more unusual setting to party.

Dimensions, 26th-30th August, tickets from 175 euros

The hip hop one: FRESH ISLAND

Croatian line-ups are usually reserved for electronic music, but Fresh Island brings something different. Expect three days of hip hop and RnB, from names like Skepta and Joey Bada$$, plus up-and-coming acts from all over the globe.

Fresh Island, 15th-17th July, tickets from 65 euros

The new one: CROATIA ROCKS

After ten years of parties in Ibiza and Mallorca, Ibiza Rocks has arrived in Croatia! Also found on Pag island, it offers that same  winning formula of music, beaches and boat parties, but with the most hit-worthy headliners of the lot. We can’t wait to see Jungle, Rudimental, Clean Bandit and The Vaccines play this time.

Croatia Rocks, 19th-23rd July, tickets from £99

The artsy one: SOUNDWAVE

Located on a small private beach in Tisno, Soundwave is the one if you’re after something more intimate. There’ll be gigs from Mr Scruff and Andreya Triana, as well as an arts programme where you can get involved with live graffiti and street art from cool artists like Will Barras.

Soundwave, 6-10th August, tickets from £132

The techno one: SONUS 

After just two years, Sonus is already up there with the world’s best techno festivals. Why? It’s run by the same team as Germany’s legendary electronic festival Time Warp, but with the added benefit of 30 degree heat on Croatia’s beautiful Zcre beach. Count us in!

Sonus, 16th-20th August, tickets from 169 euros

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NEW GIRLS IN MUSIC

Posted on March 23, 2015

Girls still ruling the music scene? Of course. In 2014 we fell for female voices like London Grammar, Banks and FKA Twigs, but now there’s a whole run of new female singers hot on their heels. Meet the new girls on our playlist.

If you like London Grammar… Listen to LAURA DOGGETT

We first fell for Laura Doggett‘s deep, seductive tones on Broadchurch, but nothing prepared us for the spine tingles at her recent slot supporting Years & Years. We tracked down the lady herself backstage to hear more about her distinctive sound. “I guess it’s more of an older voice,” she told us excitedly. “I’ve had comparisons to singers like Patti Smith and Tracey Chapman, which I can’t even get my head around – it’s so amazing to hear!” Fashion is another important part of her stage presence: “I love performing in dramatic pieces like capes and floaty dresses  - it’s about tricking people into thinking I’m more majestic than I really am.” Taking to the stage in a white tailored cape with shoulder pads and flowing sleeves, she certainly fooled us.

Listen to Laura’s new track, ‘Into The Glass’

If you like FKA Twigs… Listen to KACY HILL

Kacy Hill‘s already hit the big time as an American Apparel model – but now it’s her music catching people’s attention – namely Kanye West, who just signed the 26-year-old to his record label G.O.O.D. Watch the video to her debut track ‘Experience’ and we guarantee you’ll get hooked on her dreamy vocals and fresh take on pop – not to mention those next-level freckles. Pass the freckle pencil

Essential download: ‘Experience

If you like Banks… Listen to CHARLOTTE OC

Charlotte O’ Connor scored a record contract off the back of her MySpace at just 16, but after a somewhat shaky start in the music biz, she’s back again with a new sound and a new pop star name. ‘Colour My Heart’ showcases her darker, more gothic sound – a new direction inspired by a night spent in Berlin’s notorious Berghain club. Think soul searching lyrics, electro hooks and some seriously statement stage outfits that’ll give Banks even more of a run for her money…

Essential download: ‘Colour My Heart’

CRUSHING ON CIRCA WAVES

Posted on February 3, 2015

Like The Libertines? Then you’ll love new band Circa Waves. This Liverpool four-piece first caught our attention touring with Pete Doherty and co, and now they’re winning over Radio 1 DJs like Zane Lowe with their latest track ‘Fossils’. Directed by LA based Adam Powell (who’s CV includes Jamie T and Michael Kiwanuka), the video was shot on the road with The Libertines, giving us a look into what the boys get up to on tour. We took five minutes to chat influences, Liverpool and their obsession with Top Gun.

How did you guys meet? 

At Sound City festival in Liverpool. We were all there for different reasons – playing, working – and  just got talking about music. The rest as they say, is history!

Where does your name come from? Can you tell us some of the rejected options?

I was uploading a track to Soundcloud and came up with Circa Waves – I just think the two words sound good together. One that didn’t make it was Malkovich Malkovich.

Who are your biggest influences?

Arcade Fire, The Maccabees, The Buzzcocks… And generally just people who write great music like Carole King and Joni Mitchell.

How has the Liverpool music scene helped you? 

The city is such a close knit hub that it makes it easy to be in a band and be creative – you’re never far from live music in Liverpool. I’m really into a local band called Loveless at the moment.

You were quoted as saying your album could be ‘the soundtrack to Top Gun’, how did that comparison come about?

You have to play the album and film next to each other to find out – it fits perfectly!

Are films a big influence for you? If you could rewrite the soundtrack for any film what would it be?

We all love films. I think a lot of musicians do. I think the Lost In Translation soundtrack is incredible so I wouldn’t want the pressure of rewriting that. Maybe I could rewrite the Top Gun soundtrack!

What can we expect from your album?

A hard hitting, honest record about youth and twisted nostalgia.

Can you describe it in three words?

Loud! Hard! Fast!

Keep up with Circa Waves on their Facebook page and catch them playing one of the tour dates below.

APRIL

8th Newcastle Riverside

9th Glasgow Garage

10th Sheffield Leadmill

11th Liverpool Academy

13th Nottingham Rescue Rooms

14th Birmingham Library at the Institute

16th Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

17th London Shepherd’s Bush Empire

18th Manchester Ritz

 

MEET RAE MORRIS

Posted on January 27, 2015

Rae Morris is seriously on a roll. Alongside the fact she dropped her debut album ‘Unguarded’ yesterday (think chilled out, melodic pop) she’s already played a headline slot at Reading & Leeds festival and was recently included in the BBC’s Sound of 2015. Oh, and did we mention she’s only 21?! We caught up her to chat on-stage style, living in LA and her love for the legendary Patti Smith…  

What’s the most exciting thing about your album being released?
For me it’s the thought of people sat at home in their everyday lives listening to the music, to think of it making them feel something, that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.

You recorded your album in LA, how did you find it? 
Going out to LA for the three months of recording was probably the most important period of time in my life so far. I love the way people are so accepting and everyone just does their own thing.

When did you know you wanted to be an musician? 
I always had it in my head that when I grew up I would do something in music. There really wasn’t another option for me. Maybe aside from being a female firefighter!

Are there any other new artists you’re loving right now?
The BBC  Sound of 2015 introduced me to loads of new stuff I hadn’t heard before, Låpsley and Shura and Slaves – I feel super excited about those guys.

Who are your biggest influences?
My family and the people around me. Humans need other humans to get by!

What do you like to wear on stage? 
For a long time I liked to wear the same thing, but now I like unique trousers and vintage jumpsuits. I think I’m starting to be more adventurous. 

Who’s style would you most like to steal?
It would definitely have to be Patti Smith. Not just when she was floating around New York’s Chelsea Hotel being an effortlessly cool mega-babe, but now as well.

What’s been the best moment of your career so far?
Headlining Reading & Leeds festival last year! Leeds was the first festival I ever went to and it felt really significant to be asked to return .

Unguarded is out now.