Festival Alert: London Popfest

Dave Newbury
By Dave Newbury Last edited 75 months ago
Festival Alert: London Popfest

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
    MJ Hibbett
    One Happy Island (USA)
    Cats on Fire (Finland)
    The School
  • Friday 24 February @ The Grosvenor
    The Give It Ups
    The Sock Puppets
    Tunabunny (USA)
    Shrag
  • Saturday 25 February @ 100 Club
    The Hobbes Fanclub
    Tigercats
    Ace Bushy Striptease
    This Many Boyfriends
    Dignan Porch
    Comet gain
    Allo Darlin’
  • Sunday 26 February @ The Lexington
    Electrophonevantage
    Haiku Salut
    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.

Last Updated 20 January 2012