It felt like a long wait after DZ Deathrays unleashed their fabulous 'Black Rat' album in 2014, but after a four year slog the Australian duo finally delivered the follow-up earlier this year. 'Bloody Lovely' was a leap forward for their dance-punk sound and it's sure to find itself lodged in the upper-regions of end of year lists.
The first time we caught Phoebe Bridgers live, she was supporting (and collaborating with) Conor Oberst in Manchester's glorious Albert Hall venue. It's been a delight to see the following months deliver a stunning debut album, 'Stranger In The Alps', and a steady incline in her popularity. Now she's back for a brief headline run.
It would be foolish to call Lightyear a ska band. Across their back catalogue they actually meld numerous genres into unique compositions which set themselves apart from any peers in their brass-driven 'parent' genre. This summer, they're hitting the road for a brief run before they pack up their equipment for 2018.
Nobody could have predicted IDLES' last eighteen months. Their debut album, 'Brutalism' was a stunning slice of adrenaline-fuelled punk, but nobody dreamed of the reception it would receive. As they careen towards the follow-up, the band have plenty in the pipeline before they make it to their October headline tour.