Ed The Dog made quite the impact last year. With the release of his debut record Shame, as well as a much loved live performance at 2018’s Great Escape Festival, it seemed like a breakthrough for the artist was closer than ever. Taking place at the Green Door Store, Ed’s headline set would mark the finale to the first of a four-night series of gigs presented by Hidden Herd; the Sptlght series, which aims to raise awareness of some of the most exciting upcoming bands.
Brighton-based music blog Hidden Herd became one of the most impressive promoters on the South Coast in 2018, bringing the likes of Pizzagirl, Wyldest, Childcare and Swimming Tapes to the city, in addition to the inaugural Hidden Herd Festival. Thankfully, they show no signs of slowing down in 2019 and, if anything, look like they’re upping the ante with a brand-new series of gigs called ‘Sptlght’ which promises to, “Put a spotlight on some of the UK’s most exciting new artists.”
Lacuna Bloome look set to be the breakout Brighton band of 2019. Currently on the This Feeling Alive tour supporting Trampolene, they’ve also dropped a brand-new single to end 2018 just how they started it: with a bang! ‘Find Your Way’ sees the band further exploring their psych meets swaggering indie-rock sound.
Brighton’s Lacuna Bloome have seemingly come from nowhere in the latter half of 2018. Having witnessed their rise with sets at the Isle of Wight festival, as well as supporting Saltwater Sun and Black Honey, in addition to their very own headline show at The Hope & Ruin, the band look like they’re set to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Fickle Friends and The Magic Gang as Brighton’s next big thing.
We’ve been so impressed with Brighton’s Lacuna Bloome here at Brightonsfinest. With a spectacular 2018 that has seen them play a brilliant set at Isle of Wight Festival, play fantastic support slots with the likes of Black Honey at The Hope & Ruin for This Feeling TV as well as with Saltwater Sun at Sticky Mike’s, it’s been a scintillating year for the indie quartet. Their headline show at The Hope & Ruin, for This Feeling, continued the band’s excellent momentum as they look more and more likely to breakout at any minute.
Whoever’s decision it was – whether it was new owners Live Nation, promoter John Giddings, or indeed Solo Music Agency – to move the Isle of Wight Festival to Glastonbury weekend, it turned out to be a masterstroke. Not only was the sun blazing for four days straight with not even a sign of any clouds, let alone rain, but it was one of the busiest Isle of Wight weekends since its reformation back in 2002, as seemingly everyone filled the fallow year void across the Solent.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the very first year back in 1968 (which saw the likes of Jefferson Airplane, T. Rex and Fairport Convention flock to the island), this year too had a suitable amount of legends in the form of Nile Rodgers, Van Morrison and Depeche Mode, as well as enough new music to keep it feeling as fresh and vital as ever. One thing the Isle of Wight Festival has always done well is straddle generations, as well as genres, and this year was no different. Like so few festivals, the age range must have stretched from five to 80, and everyone was there for a good time.