In addition to huge names such as Jamie Lenman, Anchorsong and Kagoule already announced, the latest wave includes even more killer names. Nottingham noise-makers Palm Reader, hardcore outfit Press to Meco, Holy Roar Records signees Ohhms, and Brighton-based Nervus are all set to feature at the festival, while the homegrown aspect of the festival has continued to rise, too, with Wild Cat Strike, Poly-Math and Broker also appearing across the two day festival.
After a terrific 2018 edition that took place over two days at The Arch, the team at Small Pond Recordings have gone bigger and better for their 2019 edition. Taking place at Brighton’s Concorde 2 over the weekend of 21st April, the line-up is certainly fitting of the bigger venue.
It’s testament to Brighton’s love for Nottingham three-piece Kagoule that when bassist Lucy Hatter cheekily asked for someone to buy her a beer, five minutes later she had one in her hand. “Works every time”, Hatter responded with her tongue firmly in her cheek. There’s always been a rapport between Brighton and Kagoule and their gig at The Prince Albert, fresh from the release of their second record, Strange Entertainment, will go down as a roaring success – both for the band and the tightly packed Prince Albert audience.
It has been, all things considered, a fractious time since Kagoule released their debut record, Urth. An album, released on Earache Records, that is doubly good and bad in the minds of the band. Of course, it allowed them to tour the world, share stages with everyone from Johnny Marr to The Wytches, but after leaving the label they had to regroup and think about the future of the band. That future lied with Alcopop! Records, who have released their long overdue sophomore effort, Strange Entertainment, which is less of a homage to the 90s grunge scene and more of an extended look at the world of post-punkish sounds. With sounds ranging from the gloom-rock of Joy Division to the stadium-ready sounds of Interpol, Strange Entertainment is onto a winning formula.
This is probably around the fourth or fifth time I’ve seen Kagoule live now. I first caught the band at the 2015 Mutations Festival in Brighton which has very sadly stopped happening. I went to see them on recommendation from a friend and since then I’ve kept coming back for more. Kagoule are a band that are exciting to watch grow. Their debut album Urth was one of my favourites from 2015 and is still an album I hold dearly. They’ve been gearing up to release their follow up and have released the first single from the still unnamed album. ‘Monsieur Automaton’ is the band evolving and progressing. There’s still the same Kagoule DNA in there but it’s definitely a sign of growth.