The North of England is fast becoming a hub for musical talent with countless artists emerging everywhere. Twisterella is designed to showcase the brightest emerging national and international talent right in the heart of Teesside. Not only does the festival give a platform for upcoming local acts, it’s been nominated for ‘Best New Festival on the Block’ in both the 2015 and 2016 AIF Festival Congress Awards. This year graces us with acts such as Neon Waltz, Avalanche Party, Kyko and Dream Wife to name a few. So if you’re getting yourself down to Twisterella this year, here’s our five bands to watch:
Leeds quintet Team Picture featured on the blog back in 2016 with the release of debut single ‘Birthday Blues’’. Since then, the band have gone on to release a range of contemporary tracks full of fuzzy energy like no other. They’re gritty yet soft, punchy yet gentle – and you can’t miss them at Twisterella this year.
If you live up north, you’ll surely have seen Cape Cub’s name somewhere – as they’ve dominated numerous festivals like Evo Emerging, and have cracked the music scene perfectly after touring up and down the UK this year. They have an array of different moods and styles, whether it is intimate folk vibes on tracks like ‘Closer’, or upbeat electronic indie-pop in ‘All I Need’ – a feat which makes them a wonderfully entertaining band to see live.
If you’re Cape Cub fan, you’d be a fool to miss Capetown-based singer songwriter Josh Wantie. Tracks such as ‘Go Under’ and ‘Fall Again; are undeniably catchy and upbeat. His live-setup is profoundly simplistic, alternating between guitar and piano as he effortlessly blends electro elements and vocal loops into his music.
Right at the heart of Teesside’s musical talent lie shoegaze-galore Figmennt. After releasing their self-titled EP back in March, the band have proven themselves to be much more than your average dream-pop act with profound lyrics, elusive guitar riffs and overall dense and extensive instrumentals. Figmennt are definitely a band not to miss this year.
Hull quartet LIFE have had a pretty busy schedule this year after releasing debut album Popular and performing at Truck, Latitude and Leeds/Reading festival. They’re now headed to grace Twisterella with their rife furious energy and dark neo-punk tracks.