As a bastion of all things creative, Brighton’s ability to produce top class musicians for the summer festivals never falters. This year may not be an exception in terms of Brighton’s musical reputation, but the Brighton bands performing at some of this year’s festivals certainly are exceptional. This year’s Reading Festival taking place 28 – 30 Aug, will host some of the best performers in the world. Have a read to find out about the Brighton based musicians featured in this year’s line-up.
Having previously been known only as ‘the sweet taste of darkness’, Black Honey is a band somewhat shrouded in mystery. However, as the name suggests there is something syrupy smooth, yet undeniably dark about the music they produce, making it all the more alluring and infectious. Their sound is a perfect mix of dream pop, 60’s psychedelic, with a hint of grunge rock. Get down to Reading’s Festival Republic Stage on Sun 30 Aug to see them live.
Formed in 2012, pop punk band As It Is is another brilliant band hailing from our beautiful city. Despite only forming roughly three years ago, these guys have wasted no time and have become the first UK band ever to be signed by Fearless Records. Since forming they’ve also released four EP’s, a debut studio album entitled ‘Never Happy, Ever After’, and were featured in this year’s Vans Warped Tour- do these guys ever sleep?! They’re about to get even busier as they are set to perform at this year’s Reading Festival on The Pit stage on Sat 29 Aug.
Black Peaks describe their sound as ‘a cross between aggressive hardcore, the grandeur of post rock and the atypical characteristics of math rock.’ This mix seems to be working well as their track ‘Glass Built Castles’ was awarded Track of the Week on Radio 1, and their first ever headline show was completely sold out. They will be performing on Reading’s The Pit stage on the Saturday.
Having grown up in Virginia USA, Remi Miles came to Brighton not only to attend Music College, but to soak up the local creative atmosphere. As a self-proclaimed mod dandy, Miles’s image is integral to his sound which not only celebrates what’s new and fresh, but also music nostalgia particularly that of the 60’s and 70’s. Brighton’s bohemian vibe seems to have rubbed off on him as he remains dedicated to creating music that celebrates love, beauty and freedom. Fresh and poppy, with a hint of funk, Miles’s sound is right on trend and a great addition to the Reading line up. See Remi Miles on the BBC Radio 1xtra Stage on Sat 29 Aug.
Although Brighton may not be entirely able to take credit for London based Hunter and the Bear, the claim to fame can come in the form of the bands drummer, Gareth Thompson, who comes from Brighton. They describe their sound as Melody-Driven Rock, but expect to hear folky and acoustic hints roughly comparable to that of Mumford and Sons. From rehearsing in a soundproofed shipping container in a London carpark, to supporting Eric Clapton on his tour this summer, Hunter and the Bear show no sign of slowing down. Catch them at Reading’s Festival Republic Stage on Fri 28 Aug.