Can you hear it? It's getting closer.
Yep, that stumbling, rumbling, slightly intoxicated sound you can hear is festival season 2019 approaching, and it's coming in fast. The Upset spreadsheets already have more colours than a rainbow, and our clash-finders are already running hot.
With anticipation at fever point, we're delighted to kick off our year with the announcement of our first 2019 festival stage. We're making our bow at the mighty Live at Leeds on Saturday, 4th May, with a line-up of some amazing louder sounds.
Topped by special guest Jamie Lenman, who has a new record 'Shuffle' due this summer, the bill includes a diverse and exciting list of hot new talent, including Heavy Lungs, Lice, Death By Unga Bunga, Hot Milk, Spielbergs, DBoy, Saint Agnes, Brand New Friend and Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam.
Hot stuff, eh?
"I'm super psyched to be bringing the rock all the way up north and headlining the Upset stage at Live at Leeds next month," Jamie Lenman says - almost like we were prompting him or something. "Expect huge tunes, SRS HVNS and a cuppla cuts from my new rekkid if you're very lucky!"
To get you buzzed, we've listed some of our fave bands from 'around the line-up'. Tickets for Live at Leeds are on sale now. You can grab them here.
With new sort-of-covers-but-much-more-than-that album 'Shuffle' on the way this July, our Jamie is a bonafide UK underground icon. That's why he's topping our stage, where we insist he plays latest taster 'Popeye', while dressed as Popeye, eating spinach. We'll be Olive Oil.
Dropping album 'This Is Not The End' earlier this year, Oslo's Spielbergs have had our hairs on end ever since. Approved by all the cool kids, they're gonna make a dent into Leeds that'll take some battering out.
Upset loves Hot Milk, and we're not even gonna try to hide it. Fizzing with shiny pizazz, they're a band who might only be a couple of tracks deep, but already sound like they're ready to make 100-foot waves. This is where it all begins.
Recently signed to gold-standard indie label Alcopop, DBoy have had their card stamped by the safest hands possible. And that's the last time we'll use the s-word to describe them. Teetering on the edge, they're a band with a manifesto to spread 'substance and glam'. While our grasp on the former is dubious, we can definitely provide the latter.
If festival season 2019 thought it could take it easy, Dream Wife will tell it different. Last year's debut album was a shot of sherbet delivered to rock's major artery. Don't expect them to let up any time soon.
A fuzzy gem in the making, Thyla are long-term Upset faves. Delivering a five-star EP last year, they're a band on the rise, quickly. Check 'em out now before it's far, far too late to claim you were there first.
Kings of the indie-rock, Indoor Pets' much-anticipated debut album 'Be Content' is already one of 2019's best. Years in the waiting, they're now a band unleashed. If they use that freedom to win over audiences, or just make increasingly amusing tweets is entirely up to them.
The buzz for The Murder Capital can be heard from across the Irish Sea. That's how much excitement there is building around the four-piece, who currently have a very limited amount of material available to check out, but a reputation that demands attention regardless. Not for the faint-hearted, they're a must see set.
Live At Leeds will take place across various venues in Leeds on 4th May.