Catch These London Acts At Community Festival

Kyra Hanson
By Kyra Hanson Last edited 26 months ago
Catch These London Acts At Community Festival
Pixx in action supporting Tune Yards. Photo: John Johnson Getintothis

Whether you're into moshing with meat or prefer cupcakes at indie pop concerts, Community, a new music festival in East London, caters for all tastes featuring a good mix of hip hop, electro pop, grunge and indie plus some club anthems thrown in for good measure.

The emphasis is on emerging bands, DJs and producers who'll be playing gigs across Hoxton and Shoreditch in established venues and pubs as well as in unconventional settings like bike shops, bakeries and butchers.

Some of the most successful acts have come out of London in recent times: chart topper Adele hails from Tottenham, The XX formed in Wandsworth and Jamie T, who made an explosive comeback last year, grew up in Wimbledon.

With 60 acts already confirmed and more to come, we've narrowed down our top tracks which showcase the variety of talent across London's music industry: from the city's venues to its record labels to the artists making their mark here.

Festival Republic, the organiser behind Reading, Leeds and Latitude is sprinkling its festival magic over East London from 3-5 November. What are you waiting for? Catch the rising stars of tomorrow while the tickets are still cheap.

Pixx

London based producer 4AD (who has represented Bon Iver, SOHN and The National) are onto something special with 19 year old Pixx, aka Hannah Rodgers, who grew up on the fringes of south London.

If you're into melancholy tunes which reach their crescendo without someone knocking your drink out of your hand, then you'll enjoy Pixx's velvety voice and cinematic instrumentation. Listen to her debut track A Way to say Goodbye below.

Pixx is playing at Cargo London on 4 November alongside Søren Juul. Tickets £8.80+bf

George Cosby

London based musician George Cosby has the kind of deep, husky voice that makes you melt a little bit inside. Check out his acoustic performance of Vacant Grace below, which has a hint of Jeff Buckley about it.

George Cosby is on at Zigfrid Von Underbelly 5 November. Tickets £8.80+bf

Søren Juul

Another 4AD hopeful is Søren Juul whose atmospheric tunes tell tales of life on the road. Listen to Ambitions, the lead track off his new self-titled EP, below.

Søren Juul is playing at Cargo London on 4 November. Tickets £8.80+bf

The Beach

According to The Guardian, this Clapham based musician kickstarted his career by launching a football into his producer-to-be's front garden. His debut track Thieves sets the scene slowly but erupts into a Ben Howard-type belter.

The Beach plays at Red Gallery on 3 November. Tickets £11+bf

Airhead

Airhead aka Rob McAndrews grew up in Wood Green and went to school with James Blake, who he has collaborated and toured with. Expect disintegrating synthesisers interrupted by deep bass and a good drop. Some tracks like Believe (below) get us in the mood for dancing with catchy vocals, others are distinctly more experimental.

Airhead is on at Ace Hotel, Miranda on 5 November. Tickets £11+bf

Brolin

Brolin emanates inoffensive chilled out dance tracks from his bedroom somewhere in London. He plays the kind of stuff you might like to listen to while bombing down country roads in the dark. Listen to melodic dance track Swim Deep (below) before checking out his newest release Nightdriving.

Brolin is on at Ace Hotel, Miranda on 3 November. Tickets £8.50+bf


If you are an artist, venue, local charity or business who'd like to get involved in Community you have until 14 October to submit your application.


Last Updated 21 September 2015