When you think of Shropshire, you think sleepy market towns and countryside, not one of the fastest growing independent music festivals around, but that is exactly what the the people of the 4 year old Shrewsbury Fields Forever Festival have created.
With the likes of Maximo Park, The 1975, the Wombats and Miss Dynamite making an appearance in a field outside the Shropshire county town, this years line-up had a lot to build on, something that festival organizer Dene Edwards has on first look has managed, with over 100 musicians, bands and comedians already confirmed for this September, including Ivor Novello, Mobo and Brit award winner Tinie Tempah, West Yorkshire three-piece The Cribs and British electronic music group I See Monstas, there is something there for everyone.
But with every festival, it’s not always the big names that are the best acts to watch and with practically every genre of music catered for, everyone will find a different band/singer/DJ/comedian to of given the best performance of the weekend, so here are my three tips for who you should check out at this years event.
After her break-out success back in 2013 with ‘No Stings’, the only way is up for this young singer songwriter from Berkshire, riding high on a tide of critical acclaim from her last couple of singles, ‘Paper Heart’ and ‘Rumor’, whilst getting ready to release her self titled debut album on the 15th of September.
Chloe has produced a powerful collection of pop tunes that are guaranteed to get any crowd dancing and singing along to songs that you wont be able to stop singing for months.
With Birmingham seemingly producing some the best bands around, the B-town sound is booming, with Superfood one of the most exciting exporters of the sound today, drawing inspiration from the 90’s Britpop scene to help produce songs that art thoroughly bohemian.
With songs such as Bubbles and TV, this four piece are a band that you can’t help but love, think a modern-day Blur, but with a more modern outlook on life.
New York Tourists
Bringing a little dirty rock n roll to Shrewsbury this year is the hottest thing to come out of Blackburn since Diana Vickers (I know, but it turns out that Blackburn hasn’t spawned much in the way of musicians), either way the New York Tourists are changing that now, supporting the likes of the Futureheards, Doves and the Buzzcocks, while spreading their brand of melodic heavy rock that borrows influences from bands as varied as the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Raconteurs and Oasis.
If you like your music a bit more heavy, then this is the set that you need to catch, filled with souring riffs and impeccable rhythmic timing, that’s sure to get any crowd going wild.
Shrewsbury Fields Forever Festival runs from the 12th till the 14th of Sep at the West Midlands Showground, Shrewsbury, with tickets still available for this years event.
Weekend ticket – Adult £68.00, Youth £50.00
Friday/Sunday day tickets – Adult £28.00, Youth £20.00
Saturday day ticket – Adult £35.00, Youth £28.00
Camping pass – £15.00
V.I.P Upgrade – £25.00
All tickets are subject to booking fees and can be purchased here.