Now in its fourth year London Popfest is treating the city to four days of indiepop loveliness across four different venues, with a line-up to make us go…phwoar.
Shrag, Allo’ Darlin and Comet Gain are amongst the acts for the profit-free indiepop festival, which hosts shows across various venues including the Lexington and 100 Club between 23 and 26 February.
Expect a wonderful handclap-filled weekend of boys with vintage jackets and girls in pretty dresses celebrating innovative independent music, with fans excitedly nattering about new bands and sharing fanzines. OK, maybe a bit of a stereotype, but it will be fantastic.
The festival started after organisers spent hours drinking and dancing at the original New York Popfest and realised London needed something equally as great. Popfests have popped up across Europe since 2009, and although not directly connected they all support and encourage one another.
This DIY nature of the festival, free from commercialism and rooted in fanzine culture, brings together everything that's good about old and new indiepop and creates new fans for the bands coming through the thriving scene.
Organised by a team at the top of the indiepops, Fortuna Pop's Sean Price, Marianthi Makra of Atomic Beat Records, Ian Cowen from ace indiepoppers Pocketbooks and John Jervis from WIAIWYA Records, London Popfest is the embodiment of great alternative pop music.
The line up so far is:
Thursday 23 February @ Bull & Gate
One Happy Island (USA)
Cats on Fire (Finland)
Friday 24 February @ The Grosvenor
The Give It Ups
The Sock Puppets
Saturday 25 February @ 100 Club
The Hobbes Fanclub
Ace Bushy Striptease
This Many Boyfriends
Sunday 26 February @ The Lexington
Rosie Taylor Project
The Just Joans
London Popfest takes place 23-26 February at various locations. Weekend tickets are £27.50 plus booking fee, through We Got Tickets, day tickets (except for Friday) are also available. Check www.londonpopfest.com for full details.