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The ValeFest Build Up: Second Stage Preview

By | Published June 2, 2017

The Build Up to ValeFest 2017 is covered here at Burn FM Music as we bring you day by day previews of each stage throughout the week leading up to ValeFest 2017 on Saturday 3rd June. Here we preview the acts performing on the Second Stage this year:



Self-titled ‘Medical student in the day and Musician at night’ Isaac Osobukola is a prominent artist within the UoB, Birmingham and Bristol music scene, having played the ValeFest Launch Party Pt1 in April. His fusion of rock, soul and pop genres leading to multiple accolades for his deeply captivating sound, with features on BBC Radio and BBC Introducing platforms. With a recent April release of new track ‘I Guess I Couldn’t Save You’, IsaacO is one not to miss on the Second Stage, so get yourself in the groove by listening to his music on Soundcloud here




Taking influence from the likes of Jamie T, Mike Skinner and Arctic Monkeys for their ‘sharp street-style catch lines’ alongside sharp baselines and hooks, Selly Oak outfit Guyana deliver a set of fresh original music after the May release of their EP ‘Madame Deficit’ featuring four original tracks full of witty lyricism and upbeat riffs. For anyone wanting a sneak peak, Guyana play the live at our local set at The S’Oak the night before ValeFest on the 2nd June, and check out their EP on Soundcloud here



Odd Soul

Self-coined ‘Strange Fusion Band from sunny Birmingham’, Odd Soul reflect the wonderful blend of soulful lyricism with angelic tones and R&B beats to combine this strange fusion into something that perfectly fits the summer ValeFest stage, with their recent demo ‘Shire’ reflecting this mix of soundscapes. With future gigs supporting Charlie and the Funk Factory a week from ValeFest, be sure to check them out on the second stage and listen to their Soundcloud here



The Notochords

Combining the wonderful genres of soul, funk and disco for an array of brilliant covers and music, 12 piece outfit The Notochords provide the perfect opportunity to listen to party classics and get down to the sound of jazzy saxophone, guitar and vocal melodies perfect for the summer vibes of ValeFest! Check them out on the Second Stage!



Rylands Heath

Hailing from their hometown of Luton, duo Rylands Heath combine gritty guitar riffs with melodic synth runs to create a blend of Indie Pop fresh for the summer vibes of ValeFest. Off the back of their latest single ‘Best Friend’ which received great support from a wide range of playlists, Rylands Heath look to get their gig calendar started, with summer performances in Birmingham, London and Luton kicked off with their performance on the Second Stage. Check out their music on Soundcloud here




Rock Trio Shallows are joined once more by fellow bandmate Joe T who will be joining them on guitar on the Second Stage at ValeFest this year. Shallows released single ‘Speechless’ under the 862 record label this January, with it’s beautifully balanced guitar riffs and melodies defining their trance like sound. Be sure to check them out on the Second Stage this year, and check out their single ‘Speechless’ here.



The Real Cool

The Real Cool is a three piece dream pop band combining glorious modern guitar lines and synths with a sound reminiscent of an 80s touch, and play the Second Stage at ValeFest ahead of a succession of June performances across Birmingham and Sheffield after their March release of single ‘The Way Back’. After featuring on BBC Introducing and announcing their appearance at Bands on the Beacon festival, the summer looks packed for the trio, so be sure to catch them on the Second Stage while you can, and check out their music on all major platforms and their site here


Blank Parody

Headlining the Second Stage this year are Alternative Rock quartet Blank Parody, who play ValeFest the same day as their massive gig playing the Camden Rocks Festival at Crowndale. After the recent release of the video for awesome new track ‘Marching Through The Smoke’, BurnFM Music got chatting to Blank Parody Guitarist Liam Howard about new music and playing ValeFest for a second year running, “It’s a groovy battle cry of a song with a pretty chaotic breakdown. We’re super happy for it to finally be out, the track and the video together are definitely the best thing we’ve put out there to date. We played ValeFest last year, again on the alternative stage. It was a proper hectic show because all the wiring of my guitar decided to fall out before we’d even got through the first song [but] we managed to get back on track at the right time because the tent had started to pack up with people, many of which were coming towards us away from the dance tent. So we must have been making a pretty good racket after all. It was a real honour to be asked to come back to headline the tent and we just want to keep coming back every year until we’re eventually headlining.

“We’ve got really high hopes for this years ValeFest. We’re playing Camden Rocks Festival at 1.30 in London on the same day, then coming straight to Edgbaston to tear up the alternative stage. I reckon it’s going to be proper hectic but the minute we’re off that stage and can finally relax it’ll be such a buzz. We all love the atmosphere of the festival and are just stoked to be be involved with it all.” You can find Blank Parody headlining the Second Stage, and we promise you its definitely a set you will not want to miss! Check out their music on all major platforms and see the video for ‘Marching Through the Smoke” here


The Second Stage line up is looking like an absolute belter this year as this preview shows, so be sure to check out this years line up for a variety of heavy hitting guitar riffs, melodic synths and captivating vocals, and witness the wide range of genres that ValeFest 2017 has to offer! Be sure to grab tickets for ValeFest 2017 so you don’t miss out!!