As our timelines fill with more and more exciting line-up announcements, it can be hard to get an overall view of how the year’s festival landscape is shaping up.
So we’ve put together a selection of ten terrific tracks from the artists who will define 2016’s festival scene. From frequent field-fillers returning for another few months of mud and music, to today’s up-and-coming talent eager to soundtrack your summer, we’ve got you covered.
Scroll down for the Spotify playlist at the end of the blog
The 1975 – ‘The Sound’
The third single taken from the band’s newly-released second record, this is a track which seems to have been written for the sole purpose of delivering disco to excited festival-goers.
The 1975 pull off synth-pop pervaded with a funky energy even those adverse to the band’s Marmite-sound can’t claim immunity from.
Playing: Glastonbury, T in the Park, Wireless, Reading and Leeds
Blossoms – ‘At Most A Kiss’
From their EP of the same name, ‘At Most A Kiss’ is the newest single from this up-and-coming five-piece from Stockport. Since recently receiving air-time on Radio 1, the career of these long-haired indie rockers has sky-rocketed, having steadily been working on material since their 2013 formation.
With catchy bassline, nostalgic 80’s synth and solid vocals from frontman Tom Ogden, this track is brewing festival fame.
Playing: The Great Escape Festival, Isle of Wright Festival, Parklife, Field Day, Glastonbury, T in the Park, Kendal Calling, Y Not Festival, Standon Calling, Reading and Leeds
Jamie xx – ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’
A track on everyone’s feel-good playlist since its release last spring, this single from In Colour is set to sustain summer smiles for another season.
Featuring a soulful collaboration with Young Thug and Popcaan, ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’ sees the electronically-rooted artist take a surprising swerve to produce what can only be described as a tropical pop-anthem, demanding summer sun in preference to nightclub strobe-lights.
Playing: Parklife, Barclaycard’s British Summer Time, T in the Park, Sunfall
Jack Garratt – ‘Breathe Life’
Crowned BBC Music’s ‘Sound Of 2016’, Jack Garratt is the last artist you’ll want to miss seeing this year. A multi-instrumentalist uniquely fusing genres such as indie-pop, electronica and R&B, Garratt’s debut studio album Phase renders an exciting experimental sound, perhaps earning him the title of music’s first ever successful one-man-band.
We have no doubt that tracks such as soul-sexy ‘Breathe Life’ will make for both an impressive live listening and viewing experience.
Playing: Parklife, Wild Life Festival, Glastonbury, T in the Park, Lovebox, Reading and Leeds
The Courteeners – ‘Are You In Love With A Notion?’
The opening track from the Manchester band’s third album, Anna, promises easy-listening and faultless festival vibes with an infectious sing-a-long chorus in true indie-rock style.
Along with classics from the band’s earlier days and fresh tracks from their more recent fourth album, Concrete Love, the Courteeners appear to be more than ready for the main stage crowds they’re set to charm later this year.
Playing: T in the Park, Reading and Leeds
Rat Boy – ‘Move’
Photo: Phil Smithies
Rat Boy seems to have appeared out of nowhere with what can only be described as ‘cheeky indie-punk’. Catapulting from success to success, the Essex boy has opened for Bloc Party at NME’s Awards Tour, in addition to announcing his own headline tour for this spring.
His recent smash, the hip-hop inspired ‘Move’, has populised this fresh-faced fella even further, since being compared to the likes of notorious alt-pop act, Jamie T. This is not one to miss if you’re keen to make memories in the mosh-pit, that’s for sure.
Playing: Dot To Dot Festival, Wild Life Festival, T in the Park, Truck Festival, Latitude Festival, Kendal Calling, Y Not Festival, Reading and Leeds
Disclosure – ‘Jaded’
Co-headlining alongside Foals at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festival, Disclosure seem only to be strengthening their pursuant position as the biggest house act on the British festival scene.
‘Jaded’ is the seventh track from the Surrey sibling’s second album Caracal, serving up sexy-synth and vocals from the electronic duo’s very own Howard Lawrence.
Playing: Wild Life Festival, Glastonbury, T in the Park, Reading and Leeds
Sundara Karma – ‘A Young Understanding’
Since ‘A Young Understanding’ premiered on Radio 1’s Annie Mac Show, Reading quartet Sundara Karma have seen their career spiral out of control. The 90’s inspired pop-rock track is the first single off the indie boys’ upcoming debut album, set for release later this year.
Delivering raw, coming-of-age lyrics with roaring percussion and youthful energy, we can’t see this band being any less than an immense success this season.
Playing: Dot To Dot Festival, Secret Garden Party, Kendal Calling, Y Not Festival, Electric Fields Festival, Reading and Leeds
Calvin Harris – ‘Summer’
Securing headline slots at three of the biggest events on the British festival scene, Harris is failing to let a lack of new material prevent him from coming out on top of this year’s line-ups.
Dropping a stream of consistently popular collaborations, the Scottish DJ-producer has gone from strength-to- strength within recent years, persistently bringing hot Ibiza vibes with ‘Summer’ to the wet welly- wearers of the UK.
Playing: Wireless, T in the Park, Creamfields
Wolf Alice – ‘Bros’
The sugar-sweet vocals of Ellie Rowsell combined with the 90’s inspired grunge-rock of her band is what sets Wolf Alice apart from other successes noted on the alternative-rock scene.
‘Bros’ is one of the mellower tracks from the London quartet’s debut album My Love Is Cool, contributing a leisurely ambience through magical tones and expressive lyrics of peaceful youth. This is the definition of a feel-good track.
Playing: Parklife, Glastonbury, Barclaycard’s British Summer Time, Bestival
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