24 Bands You Can’t Miss at Icebreaker Festival Winter 2020 – Part 2

Next weekend (25th January) Icebreaker Festival returns to Southsea’s Albert Road/Elm Grove bringing some of the best, new and upcoming unsigned bands to Portsmouth. With so many bands (over 80) to see across the day, we’ve put together a handy guide of bands we think you really shouldn’t be missing at the festival. If you missed part 1 of this guide, you can find it here.

You can also plan your day here via this handy Clashfinder for Icebreaker Festival 2020 and also find our Spotify playlist featuring all of the bands featured (who have music out) here.

Tickets for Icebreaker Festival 2020 are available from the link below for just £12.

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Hallan

In brief: Hallan are one of the best post-punk bands to come out of Portsmouth as of late. Their music is full of catchy hooks, lyrics, riffs and are a must-see live. Listen to live favourite ‘Habit’ below, but beware, it’ll end up stuck in your head for days.

When and where? The Fat Fox at 20:55 – 21:25

For fans of other acts playing at Icebreaker: The Stone Birds, Fake Empire and Luna Rosa

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Colour of the Jungle

In brief: Colour of the Jungle will bring their rock n roll inspired, emotion-filled, catchy alt-rock tracks to the Lord John Russell next week. They recently released their latest single ‘Humble Bee’ which is huge live.

When and where? Lord John Russell at 17:30 – 18:00

For fans of other acts playing at Icebreaker: Askies and The Stone Birds

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The Stone Birds

In brief: One of the most exciting bands on the local live circuit at the moment. The Stone Birds music is no nonsense, infectious blues-rock with riffs for days. The band are said to be debuting their forthcoming, yet to be named next single at this gig.

When and where? The Wine Vaults (Middle Room) at 20:00 – 20:30

For fans of other acts playing at Icebreaker: Hallan, The Pretty Visitors and Colour of the Jungle

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Calum Lintott

In brief: Southampton based singer-songwriter who writes catchy, indie-rock tunes, as can be heard on his latest single ‘Hideaway’ (listen below).

When and where? The Wine Vaults (Middle Room) at 18:00 – 18:30

For fans of other acts playing at Icebreaker: DJUNO, Bella Estelle and Currls

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Currls

In brief: Brighton based trio Currls write feel good tunes that pack a punch and are always a fun band live. The band’s latest single ‘Let Down’ is huge.

When and where? Headlining the Edge of the Wedge at 21:45 – 22:30

For fans of other acts playing at Icebreaker: LibraLibra, Hooli and DJUNO

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Tom Bryan

In brief: I don’t normally go for acoustic acts, but Tom Bryan creates acoustic, dreamy, even hypnotic tracks around live-looping and beat-boxing. Tom Bryan won The Wedgewood Rooms Showcase – Acoustic Finals last year and is well worth seeing live. Listen to ‘Heavy Weather’, the first track taken from his debut single below.

When and where? The Wine Vaults (Lower Vaults) at 19:30 – 20:00

For fans of other acts playing at Icebreaker: Fugitive Orchestra and Askies

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Hooli

In brief: Hooli are always a fun band live and play riff-lead, blues-tinged, indie rock. Last year the band released an EP of their favourite tracks to play live and you can hear one of the most catchy tracks on the EP, ‘Fresh Piece’ below.

When and where? The Wine Vaults (Middle Room) at 19:00 – 19:30

For fans of other acts playing at Icebreaker: The Pretty Visitors, Currls and DJUNO

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Sarpa Salpa

In brief: Sarpa Salpa are a Northampton based indie rock/electro pop band who create danceable, catchy tracks. The band recently released their debut EP ‘Say Something’ that includes its title track (listen below) as well as live favourite ‘Paralysed’.

When and where? Lord John Russell at 19:10 – 19:40

For fans of other acts playing at Icebreaker: Dutch Criminal Record and Currls

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Dutch Mustard

In brief: Dutch Mustard are a London based rock quartet who specialise in their own brand of rock that blends grunge, shoegaze and alternative music together.

When and where? The Edge of the Wedge at 16:45 – 17:15

For fans of other acts playing at Icebreaker: Luna Rosa and Fake Empire

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Fake Empire

In brief: Fake Empire are a post-punk trio from Portsmouth who are always brilliant live. The band have also been nominated as one of the best Portsmouth bands at the Portsmouth Guide Awards 2020.

When and where? Headlining the Fat Fox at 21:45 – 22:30

For fans of other acts playing at Icebreaker: Hallan and Askies

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Any Joy

In brief: Brighton based band that might be familiar to some as they’d been in over upcoming local bands over the last couple of years. From what I’ve heard already, Any Joy create relaxed indie pop/rock tracks that evolve into something more epic. The band headlined and sold out their debut gig at Brighton’s The Hope and Ruin last month.

When and where? Headlining the Wine Vaults (Middle Room) at 22:15 – 22:30

For fans of other acts playing at Icebreaker: Askies and The Zodiacs.

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The Zodiacs

In brief: Another band that will be somewhat familiar to some! Formed from the ashes of Marmalade Moonshine towards the end of 2019, various band members are back with this new project. They haven’t got any new music out there yet, but you can hear clips on their Instagram (link below).

When and where? Lord John Russells at 20:00 – 20:45

For fans of other acts playing at Icebreaker: Any Joy and Luna Rosa

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Sad Palace

In brief: One of our long-standing favourite Gosport based bands who release tune after tune. Sad Palace create ambient but funky indie-pop tracks, but summing up their sound in their own words, they’d describe it as “supernatural groove-rock”.

When and where? Headlining the Wine Vaults (Lower Vaults) at 21:30 – 22:15

For fans of other acts playing at Icebreaker: Sarpa Salpa, Dutch Criminal Record and Askies

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Fast Trains

In brief: This Saturday sees the first festival performance from songwriter-producer Tom Wells latest project Fast Trains. Early last year he released his debut EP ‘Measure by Measure’ and the single of the same name has since won awards for both animation and song-writing. The live band for Fast Trains also includes various familiar faces from other upcoming bands… This appearance precedes Fast Trains (now sold-out) debut headline gig at The Loft in February!

When and where? The Wine Vaults (Middle Room) at 21:00 – 21:30

For fans of other acts playing at Icebreaker: Sad Palace and Tom Bryan

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