Despite previously appearing back in 2015, the return of Mutations Festival feels like a brand-new festival. Now an all-dayer in a single venue rather than a multi-venue bash, as well as relocating to Portslade’s Hansen Hall and bringing Small Pond on board as co-promoters, it already felt like a whole new thing entirely. As such, there were certainly some teething problems on the day, such as a lack of facilities for such a large number of people, problems with the screens in the main room and, crucially, running out of pints way before its conclusion. However, there was certainly enough promise to keep Mutations alive long enough to become an annual tradition.
As a band quickly gaining attention on the local music scene, Brighton group Orchards are definitely ones to watch. The four-piece consists of Lucy Evers on vocals, Sam Rushton on guitar, Dan Fane on bass and Will Lee-Lewis on drums. My first introduction to them was back in 2017, during their support slot for VUKOVI at Boston Music Room in London. As a band I hadn’t previously seen, they were incredibly impressive from the moment they began playing and arguably could’ve headlined the evening. More recently I saw them support Rolo Tomassi and their growth in both confidence and performance was stunning to see. Looking over their progression as a band in the last 12 months they seem to be going from strength to strength and all this hard work has led to their biggest release so far, in new EP Losers/Lovers.
Fresh from their Great Escape shows, alt-pop four-piece Orchards release their new EP, Losers/Lovers, 6th July, proceeded by ‘Double Vision’ single.
“I guess we wrote it with the summer festivals in mind!” says guitarist Sam Rushton. “Beers, sunshine and good times is the vibe we were going for. We wanted to create a party atmosphere in three and-a-half minutes, but also to have a deeper meaning behind the track, as we think it is a really effective juxtaposition. We all see it as our ‘pop banger’ and love playing this one live”.