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Citadel Festival is a summer day festival in London, taking place on the Sunday just after Lovebox. But unlike Lovebox, Citadel is a more laid-back affair, with its programme spanning music comedy, theatre and debates, as well as a variety of fun and games.
The perfect summer Sunday in London, Citadel is your chance to kick back in the sunshine and enjoy some great music, with both Foals and Tame Impala headlining in recent years.
Please visit citadelfestival.com/ for more information.
Catfish and the Bottlemen
One of the most exciting guitar bands to burst through in the UK in recent times, Catfish and the Bottlemen formed in 2007 in North Wales. Their debut album, The Balcony, reached number 10 in the UK Albums Chart and they won their first Brit Award for British Breakthrough act in February 2016. This was followed by the release of their second album, The Ride, in May 2016. Since then the band have shown no signs of slowing with numerous tours and festival headlining slots under their belts, with third album, The Balance, being released in April 2019.
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Rag'N'Bone Man (aka Rory Graham) has a holler like hot buttered rum. Loaded with disparate and cross generational influences, the sound of Rag'N'Bone Man is both hugely idiosyncratic and massively moving. He combines a purity of spirit with his unique brand of acoustic hip-hop soul into a force which is entirely his own. He is the real deal.
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Formed by a trio of lifelong friends, Friendly Fires began combining the anthemic choruses and swooning melodies of indie rock and shoegaze with the insistent pulse of dance music in the mid-2000s. This mix of styles sounded prescient on 2008's Friendly Fires and 2011's Pala, while the band's later singles and albums reflected how enmeshed the worlds of indie and dance were as the 2010s came to a close. After their second album the band went on a hiatus due to some personal tragedies and illnesses within the band, but returned in 2018 with a new track co-prodcued by Disclosure and their long-awaited third album being released in 2019.
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The Bear's Den story is something of a fairytale, opening with the truly bewitching Austin to Boston Communion Tour of the US in March of 2012, where they shared the stage with Nathaniel Rateliff, The Staves and Ben Howard. From there, the band traveled to a secluded cottage in the Welsh wilderness to record their eponymous debut EP. In keeping with their DIY ethos, the band did everything themselves, right down to stamping each EP with hand carved potato stamps. After a rapid succession of high-profile support tours, the stage was set up for Bear's Den to plunge into the deep end.
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Australian singer-songwriter. Having previously been compared to legendary artists such as Nick Drake and Jeff Buckley, Matt's songs continue to deliver a uniqueness and maturity well beyond his years, while his live performances have become renowned for bringing large audiences to a complete stand still. His 2016 debut album 'Telluric' reached no.1 in his native Australia and no.4 in New Zealand. He also cracked the UK top 40 album charts. The success story will no doubt continue with his 2018 follow-up 'Rainbow Valley'.
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DMA’S (dee-em-ayes) are Johnny Took, Matt Mason and Tommy O’Dell, three friends who came together making nostalgic garage pop in a bedroom in Newtown, Australia. Having met whilst playing in other bands, DMA’S are three writers, three mates, three frontmen – all with a common sense of purpose and musicality. Writing a few songs together, the band demoed them in Johnny’s bedroom-studio, gaining instant attention - all before putting out an official track or playing a single show.
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You’ve got to be doing something right when you can count amongst your fans the likes of Thom Yorke, Brian Eno, Carlos Santana or TV On The Radio. Formed in rebel training camps in Libya, these exiled nomads-turned-rock-stars of the Sahara have become the soundtrack for Touareg independence and reconciliation, combining traditional Touareg melodies with Malian, Western, Berber and Arabic influences to create spare, evolving, hypnotic songs. As if Keith Richards, Santana, John Lee Hooker, various members of Primal Scream, Mogwai and the Grateful Dead had got lost in the Sahara for a decade and then returned as a fully-fledged desert band.
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Originally started as a two-piece in 2012, Glaswegian Honeyblood has a sound that has been described as 'slacker-grunge-garage-rock', but founding member Stina Tweeddale prefers to call it ‘crunch-pop’. Her sound has drawn comparisons to recent favourites Best Coast and Frankie Rose, along with hints of 90s female guitar heroes the Breeders and Throwing Muses. Three albums in, Stina has decided to claim the sole spotlight of the project and said that makes sense, as Honeyblood has always been Stina's voice. Before it was even a band, or a name, Stina was writing the songs that would form the backbone of the band's identity.
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A Dublin based four-piece rock band consisting of frontman/guitarist Danny O'Reilly (son of Irish folk singer Mary Black), drummer Conor Egan, guitarist Dave McPhillips and bass player Graham Knox. "Radio hits galore, a kicking live sound and arguably the most vocally gifted, naturally charismatic Irish frontman since Phil Lynott, it's not hard to see why everyone loves The Coronas" - Irish Examiner
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Fontaines D.C. met as a quintet in Dublin, influenced and driven in equal measure by the rich history of their hometown’s counter-culture, their response has been to make concise and immediately authentic indie-punk that has done anything but fall on deaf ears.
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Matthew And The Atlas
A five-piece folk band scorched with a sound that combines a woozy, day-dreaming California with a muscular updating of English pastoral folk; the cultured, straw-scratched vocal of Matthew Hegarty backed by tender vocal harmonies and rolling banjo lines.
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Dream Wife started out as a fantasy… literally. Icelandic singer Rakel and British musicians Alice and Bella played their first show as part of a performance project at art school in Brighton. Stuck in dreams of 90s club kid nostalgia they continue on making music, embracing their love for edgy pop. Dream Wife name David Lynch's women as a big influence; 'powerful and seriously f***ed up'. They play with the aesthetics of the 1960's yé-yé girls movement, along with current influences such as Sleigh Bells, Le Tigre and Grimes. Dream Wife ooze with girl power; infecting the crowd with their trademark 'poolside pop with a bite.' The music juxtaposes simple pop hooks, beats, cutting riffs and dreamy vocals.
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The Teskey Brothers
Sam and Josh Teskey discovered American soul music of the 1960’s via their parents’ record collection and were immediately taken. As teenagers, the two brothers jammed night after night in the bungalow behind their family home on the outskirts of Melbourne, devouring the R&B songbook and absorbing the tricks of the blues trade. In their obsession, the pair became accomplished players and soon began writing originals, a process which came naturally to them both.
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Talos is Eoin French, from Cork in Ireland. He makes patient, plaintive electronic pop music. He arrived in late 2014, with the mesmerising ‘Tethered Bones’, the dreamy production proved a perfect platform for French’s powerful voice and rewarding words.
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Canadian Indie-Rock duo consisting of childhood friends Ian Fraser and Luke Gruntz who bonded over a mutual love of AC/DC from the age of 8. Cleopatrick's sound has drawn comparisons to Highly Suspect, Arctic Monkeys and Catfish and the Bottlemen.
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The Murder Capital
Hailing from all corners of Ireland, The Murder Capital are a post-punk band driven by the desire to affect cultural change. “The Murder Capital are one of those most oddly entertaining prospects – a punk band that can truly instil can’t-look-away levels of captivation.” NME
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A pop rock trio based in Leytonstone whose sound centres around exploring what new wave bands and solo artists started in the 1980s, whilst the lyrics explore themes like time, memories, hope and things being taken away.
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An alternative band from Brighton. Named after historic Brighton heroine 'The Priestess of The Bath', their music draws from the 70's song writing of Fleetwood Mac and Eagles while keeping modern influences such as Tame Impala and Mystery Jets. Their sound is classic but never retro.
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Balcony are a London based four piece drawn from three continents. They manage to effortlessly blend their electronic hooks and guitar riffs into some beautifully warm dream-pop.
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Formed in 2016, Inhaler is a four piece Rock and Roll Band from Dublin, Josh Jenkinson-Tansia, Robert Keating, Elijah Hewson and Ryan McMahon. Inspired by artists such as Joy Division and The Stone Roses, Inhaler hope to be able to bring Rock and Roll to the masses.
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Squid, Cosmic Strip, Bill Jefferson
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