HOY Fest makes its debut this Friday/Saturday (18th-19th November) in Cardiff at The Gates Arts Centre, which is essentially a converted church which sounds to us like a rather unique, yet intimate venue for a festival. For its first year, the festival has an impressive lineup including headliners The Milk on Friday and Vant on Saturday.
If you’re heading off to the first ever HOY Fest (or even if you’re not), then here are four bands that you need to check out! Also, if you’re not going, then why not? South Wales is one of the best places for new music at the moment!
Tibet are a Cardiff based quartet whose tracks are 60’s influenced, incredibly catchy, foot-tappers. We featured the band as our track of the day with their single ‘I’ll Put You In My Pocket’ earlier this year. The band have also been recently recognised on Apple Music’s ‘Best Of This Week‘ playlist.
The Fused’s raw energy from their live performances has been poured straight into their recorded tracks. As this is their last gig for a while whilst they head off to write more tunes, you should be sure not to miss it! We also did an interview with The Fused earlier this year as part of out Let’s Take Five feature.
Earlier this year we also interviewed Himalayas who mentioned this show as one to look forward to later this year. The band have captured the heart of the local music scene in South Wales and beyond with their energetic live performances. Himalayas have also got gigs up and down the country including Yorkshire and London towards the end of this month.
The Cradles are a Welsh indie rock quintet whose latest single, ‘You Can’t Stop Thinking About Me’ was out earlier this year. The band have gained the recognition of BBC 6 Music and Radio X, while being praised in particular for their live shows.
You can find more information about the festival on their Facebook page and you can also still buy tickets for the festival (day/weekend tickets) by clicking here.