This year's 2Q Festival takes place across Derby city centre on Saturday 1st April and they're taking a novel approach to announcing their first 24 acts, as the names will be unleashed via an interactive advent calendar between now and Christmas Eve. The first artist to be announced, via today's calendar door, is Leeds' Pulled Apart By Horses.
If you haven't already encountered the ramshackle indie-punk of PAWS, then you're probably missing out on your favourite band's favourite band. Time and again they join the stalwarts of modern British indie rock on the road and their name pops up in countless 'whose album do you love at the moment?' interviews. It's time you became acquainted.
We first encountered Muncie Girls supporting Tellison in Brighton. During that gig, marking the five year anniversary of 'Contact! Contact!', a band who could easily have been written off as the 'local' support convinced us that they were the future. Now, as that album nears the decade-mark, they've well and truly proved us right.
It feels like MC Lars has been around forever, largely as a result of his relentless touring and work ethic. So long in fact that this year actually marks a full decade since he unleashed his debut album 'The Graduate' upon an unsuspecting public. To mark the anniversary, he's heading to the UK for a commemorative tour.
Having released their first EP in 1989, the story of Lush quite literally spans decades. Their initial disbanding came amid tragic circumstances, but their reunion has been a tale of complete triumph. Brief, tight and focused on the things the band held important, Lush 2015-16 has been everything their fans had been dreaming of.
They may be named after the Disney Channel's first made-for-TV movie, but Tigertown are certainly not part of Mickey's saccharine land of bubblegum princesses. Their's is an alternative take on pop music, where attitude seeps from every pore, yet melody still fires the material firmly into the range of the mainstream media radar.