With a reputation gradually building as one of the finest weekends in the British festival calendar, the Summer Sundae Weekender returns to Leicester in mid-August for another three days of fantastic music amidst the wonderful settings of the De Montfort Hall & Gardens. Last.fm will be present on the first day of the festival on 17th August hosting a wonderful lineup (more info on that here) but carry on reading for an exclusive peek at festival director Rob Challice’s top five picks appearing at the festival below:
“A really innovative artist who deserved his Mercury nomination last year. I think he will surprise some who haven’t seen him live before – although his album is brilliantly low-key, his live show is pretty dynamic and definitely one to watch.”
Certainly busy across the festival circuit this summer is Ghostpoet. His a debut album Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam will be 18 months old by the time his Summer Sundae performance comes around but with tracks such as ”Survive It” reaching just under 1,000 listeners every week, his set at Summer Sundae is set to be one of the most anticipated of the weekend.
2. Public Image Ltd.
“What can I say! True British legends will be gracing our Main Stage this year. I saw them at Pohoda Festival (Slovakia) and Primavera (Barcelona) and can’t wait to see them headline Summer Sundae.”
It’s been twenty years since the last Public Image Ltd record but by the time Summer Sundae comes about there will be plenty for fans to get their ears around. Their vinyl-only EP release One Drop came out on April 21st and their new studio album This Is PiL will drop on May 28th. 3,227,079 total scrobbles to their name makes them one of the highest profile names at the festival and their set is certain to contain new and old material alike.
“These guys also played our Summer Sundae stage at The Camden Crawl this year and drew a good crowd there as they will at the festival itself. They really impressed me at Eurosonic Festival and we selected them for Summer Sundae on the European Talent Exchange Program.”
Folk and indie is well represented at Summer Sundae and Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains are definitely one of the standout acts of this type. The wonderfully calm “City Kiss” has been scrobbled 5,993 times whilst “Les Plus Beaux” was their most popular track last week with 370 unique listeners. You can download the tracks “Royan” and “I’m So Glad I Met You” for FREE here and here.
4. The Black Seeds
“New Zealand reggae-funk heavyweights whose album ‘Dust and Dirt’ is currently number one back home. If they don’t make you dance nothing will! They’ll be playing the Summer Sundae Main Stage on Sunday 19th August.”
The Black Seeds have well cleared the million scrobble mark – currently standing at 1,190,108 scrobbles. Dust and Dirt, their fifth album, was released early last month and has already been scrobbled 15,781 times. Tracks such as “Pippy Pip” are already leading the way as the fan’s favourites so don’t be surprised to see them belted out on the Main Stage.
“Merrill’s voice, style and strength make her a truly unique performer. You’d be mad to miss this one…”
tUnE-yArDs last release, Whokill, came out in April 2011 but interest hasn’t waned one bit – “Bizness” was listened to by 3,526 listeners last week. It’s her most scrobbled track by some way, however, with its total scrobble count of 380,270 some way ahead of second placed “Gangsta” with 274,213 scrobbles. Either way, listeners most certainly agree with Rob Challice that the set is a must-see at the Summer Sundae Weekender.