In 2015 Dials Festival plugged the hole left by Southsea Fest‘s year off and I am excited to announce that on Saturday October 6th Dials will return to Southsea. Alongside the national touring artists Dials will also be bringing some of the best and most popular local talent to its five venues along Albert Road including Barbudo, Jerry Williams, Melt Dunes and Hotel Lux.
Heading up the bill will be alternative rockers and Brighton favourites Tigercub. They released their debut album Abstract Figures in the Dark in 2016 and in 2018 have returned with new song Faking Laughter with Alcopop! Recordings. Hot on their heels will be Welsh band Estrons, one of the highlights of a previous Dials event in 2016. Estrons will be hitting The Wedgewood Rooms main stage before heading out on a full UK tour in November.
Other acts to join the bill of thirty artists announced today include Margate’s Art School Girlfriend who is the most recent signing to Wolf Tone Records, who can also boast The Horrors and Glass Animals on their roster. The beautiful mood music of Art School Girlfriend has been compared to the likes of Massive Attack and Portishead and she’s sure to win some new fans in Portsmouth after her performance.
Also on the bill is psychedelic-rock quartet Vinyl Staircase, described by Paste magazine as one of the fifteen British bands you need to know in 2018. For those who want to dance, electro-pop artist Salt Ashes, who the Guardian described as Kylie meeting Kate Bush, will be on hand whilst electrifying indie rockers Thyla will be demonstrating why the NME chose them as ones to watch for 2018.
Art School Girlfriend
The full first wave of announcements include: Tigercub, Art School Girlfriend, Attack The Fire, Barbudo, Bella Spinks, Bokito, Breathe Panel, Curxes, Estrons, Fake Empire, Highlights Of Our Modern World, Horseflies, Hotel Lux, Jerry Williams, Lauran Hibberd, LibraLibra, Lice, Los Bitchos, Margot, Melt Dunes, MystIc Peach, Omar Baba, Penelope Isles, Sad Palace, Salt Ashes, Sleep Eaters, Temples of Youth, Thyla, Ugly, Vinyl Staircase and Violet Mud.
Festival Director Robin Seamer and the man behind Breaking More Waves blog says: “Dials is all about showcasing great new music, providing a platform for both national touring acts as well as local artists, giving a great day out for music fans, whilst supporting the charity Solent Mind. Mental Health has been discussed far more openly over the last few years and the Dials team think it’s important that we do what we can to help raise awareness and funds for the valuable work the charity does.”
Dials is all about showcasing great new music, providing a platform for both national touring acts as well as local artists, while giving a great day out for music fans.
Jerry Williams by Tony Palmer.
The previous Dials events were praised for their friendly community spirit, quality of acts, value for money and gender diversity of the bill. A number of Dials alumni such as Dream Wife, Fickle Friends and Black Honey have all gone on to gain wider national recognition. In 2015 the event won ULX’s Best Small Festival award.
Dials festival is a single access wristband event on Albert Road in Southsea. The venues are Wedgewood Rooms, Edge Of The Wedge, The Loft, Wine Vaults and Bar Acapulco, with all venues located just a short walk from each other to hopefully avoid you suffering too many clashes.
This year Dials Festival’s official charity partner Solent Mind who provide a range of services to support people with mental health problems.
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