ValeFest finally arrive’s on the Vale tomorrow, and with over 40 artists across 6 stages there’s plenty of talent to sample. Here are 6 of my favourite’s that shouldn’t be missed on Saturday.
Sam Jackson & the Struggles
Local hero Sam Jackson leads this folk-rock group with strong vocals and plenty of charisma (and a great beard). Playing at Burn Live in October, they showcased their ability with a line-up that includes almost a full wind section, with Alex Suckling on Trumpet, Max Elliot on Saxophone, and David Berrisford on Trombone. Despite the name, you won’t struggle to enjoy these guys.
The Mouse Outfit
Arguably the highest profile act coming to ValeFest, The Mouse Outfit are a nine-piece group playing a fusion of hip-hop, funk and reggae. Their chilled instrumental hooks coupled with slick vocals are perfect for any summer festival, and with over 1 million Spotify hits on two tracks – Sit Back and Blaze It Up – the group is well worth seeking out tomorrow.
Having played at ValeFest’s second launch party in the Duck and Scholar last month, the vale has already been treated to Dame’s eclectic indie-rock. Lead vocalist Shannon Farmer has a really distinct, original sound, and in Runaway they have a really crowd-pleasing, singalong tune. With the majority of the group having passed through Birmingham University this is a chance to sample local talent too.
This unapologetic rock band featured on the Burn Weekly playlist last month with the track Marching Through the Smoke, and they will undoubtedly play a really high energy set on Saturday. Prepare the mosh pits!
Jump the Shark
A four-piece band from Wolverhampton, Jump the Shark were winners of the 2015 BRIT Award for The Next Big Thing Music Project, and for good reason. Fresh off their LP ‘Wake Up, Go to Sleep’, their range of catchy indie-rock songs are sure to go down well with the Birmingham crowd.
Gracing the acoustic tent, duo Nia Williams and Matt Simpson bring a mix of original material and covers. Vocally these two are both exquisite, and won’t disappoint if you’re looking for chilled, attractive songs.