With this year’s lineup now complete, HOYfest is set to be an explosive one. Festival curator Sam Hoy has got a line up bursting full of new artists; here’s a look into who the bands are so you can make sure to grab their EP’s before September 30th.
Pretty Vicious, a four-piece rock band, are top of this year’s line up. With a combination of heavy bass lines and the stretched welsh twang in their vocals, they’re not one to miss.
For fans of: SLAVES, Artic Monkeys and The Kooks
Estrons, who recently supported Honeyblood on their tour are a band quickly rising in the ‘alternative’ scene. With a female lead singer, they have elements of Dream Wife in their heavy pop sound. They strive to be like no others, and are certainly achieving this by breaking convention with their powerful vocals and breakdowns.
For fans of: Dream wife and Warpaint.
Next on the HoyFest lineup is the more poppier Redfaces. The addition of the Redfaces breaks up the rock heavy lineup with their melodic vocals and pop infused base lines and harmonies. Redfaces will get you up dancing in no time.
For fans of: Clean Cut Kid and The Magic Gang.
One of the latest acts added to the line-up this year is Family Jools. They boast swooning rock n roll with vocals reminiscent of Lennon; creating a laid back, comforting sound that is truly unique to them. Don’t miss them, they’re destined for big things.
For Fans of: Amber Run, The Magic Gang and Blossoms.
Also not to be missed are the brilliant Fossette. These Bristol boys will bring their A game and some feel good vibes. Sporting a classic overdriven and muted sound, they’ll have you reminiscing over summer as Autumn sets in.
For Fans of: Jaws and Phoenix.
Palomino Party will be bringing all the theatrics to Cardiff this September. With elements of so many different influences, and a bit of Bowie in their vocals, they bring something for everyone. Self branded as ‘alt-rock’ they definitely bring back the music of the 90’s.
For fans of: Palma Violets, The Fratellis and The Buzzcocks
We are Parkas label themselves as “explosive indie rock” and they are right on the money. They’ve got punchy lyrics that really make a statement about we they are: ‘We are the Gods’. They’ve also got a softer and more delicate side so whatever mood you’re in, they have something for you.
For Fans of: Blaenavon and Circa Waves.
Power chords with twinkly jazz bass-lines is what’s in store with The Fused. With them listing their inspirations as artists such as Arctic Monkeys and SLAVES it is no wonder their sound has developed as it has. They take the great sound out of ‘Mad sound’ (Arctic monkeys) and give it a kick and twist.
For Fans of: Cabbage and VANT.
Himalayas ooze attitude. They’re cheeky, fun and fresh. Appearing out of the Welsh indie-rock scene, these boys are on the rise and there is no doubt that you wont be downloading them after they get inside your head with their eerie vocals.
For fans of: Inheaven and Bloody Knees
Don’t be a fool to think that the size of font matters on a line-up when Chroma is on there. Although smaller than most with only three members, they are most definitely mighty. Lead singer K-T Hall packs a punch with her screeching, stretched yet soft voice, creating an ‘alt-rock’ whirlpool that sucks you in.
For fans of: Honeyblood, Blackhoney and Anteros.
And finally, one of the last four confirmed for HOY this year is Bandicoot. They make it so sound easy to be so effortlessly cool. Songs that make you think of hazy summer evenings and dancing. This upbeat three piece is different to most with no bass player and instead, vocalist Rhys Underdown on Saxaphone.