In just a few weeks time, Dials Festival returns to Southsea boasting its biggest and best lineup yet. Manchester based The Blinders will headline the festival with many more upcoming touring, as well as local bands playing live in some of Portsmouth’s best venues. Dials Festival 2019 is once again in support of Solent Mind, a mental health charity which you can find out more about here. The festival will take place on 5th October and tickets are available here.
If you are heading to Dials Festival, here are seven bands you really shouldn’t be missing out on. If for whatever reason you’re not, here are seven bands you must listen to anyway!
In Brief: Sarpa Salpa are a Northampton based alt-pop band with upbeat, even danceable tracks. February single ‘Casanova’ saw the band get their first Radio 1 play and latest single ‘Before It Goes Dark’ is their most solid effort to date.
In Brief: One of our favourite discoveries from Dials Fest 2018! Fake Empire are one of the best Portsmouth based post-punk bands of the moment.
Friday Night Weird Dreams
In Brief: A revolving door collective from Portsmouth experimenting with tape loops, jazz, riffs, library samples and percussion. The last time I saw Friday Night Weird Dreams they brought out a bingo game for the entirety of their set, so who knows what they’ll have to offer this time? Also, I’ve just found out that they’re great music to write blog posts to. Tried and tested.
In Brief: BASH! have an unparalleled sense of fun about them and boast a radiant live performance with bags of energy. Certainly Southampton’s finest pop band of the moment.
In Brief: Number 9 are a local, 60’s inspired psych-rock/pop band with tracks filled with mesmerising and hypnotic melodies.
In Brief: Grunge-y, brash, post-punk and psych-noise trio. As per the last time we mentioned Dad Hair, they still haven’t got any music online but please just trust us on this one!
In Brief: A blend of powerful, raw post-punk with a dream-pop edge. They may only have one track out there, ‘Coral Bells’ (listen below) but Winter Gardens definitely have something unique about them.