We do like a good festival, and after hearing that NOS Alive in Lisbon, Portugal is up there as one the world’s best music festivals, we decided to plan a trip in July to find out what all the fuss is about!
In the mean time, buckle up and check out our ones to watch within the indietronica genres (looks like we’ll mainly see you at the Sagres Stage then!).
THURSDAY 12 JULY
Friendly Fires, Sagres Stage
Energetic Brit boys Friendly Fires return to the festival circuit after a hiatus.
Having already had massive success with hits such as ‘Paris’, ‘Jump In The Pool’ and ‘Skeleton Boy’, their new single ‘Love Like Waves’ doesn’t disappoint and continues the theme of tropical-tinged synth sounds.
Expect a highly fun and bold performance at NOS Alive.
One artist we are super stoked to check out live is Khalid.
The American singer/songwriter originally started writing music during his college years, where he was also declared prom king. Amalgamating an array of sounds from classical, pop to hip hop, Khalid shows a real sense of urgency in his music.
We can’t get enough of his track with Billie Eilish, and can’t wait to see him perform at NOS Alive.
Sounds like: Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Father John Misty, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, Lorde, James Blake, Billie Eilish
Indie rockers Wolf Alice have been our firm favourites from the UK for some time now. They never disappoint at a live show, fronted by a fresh-faced Ellie Rowsell’s seemingly blasé but endearingly nervous attitude.
Expect a set full of their most brilliant tunes…so that’s all of them then!
Sounds like: Black Honey, Peace, Superfood, Foals, Circa Waves, Harry
Sampha is to be one of the UK’s best musical exports in 2018.
He has a knack for writing songs with deep and personal lyrics of pain and reflection, some of which have unfortunately has stemmed from health hardships suffered with his family at home, and we can’t help but think we are supporting him on this journey.
Truly thought-provoking stuff, definitely worthy of a slot at NOS Alive.
Sounds like: Jessie Ware, Frank Ocean, Solange, Moses Sumney, James Blake, Chet Faker, SBTRKT, Dallas Green
Future Islands‘ front man Samuel T Herring’s dancing is reason enough to go watch these guys at NOS Alive. And of course, the US synthpop band are wildly brilliant in as many unique, refreshing and inspiration ways possible.
Kicking off Saturday’s ones to watch are Lisbon natives, Lotus Fever.
They fit somewhere in-between Alt-J and Pink Floyd and it’s really refreshing to hear. We are expecting a super tight performance, thanks to their longstanding stint together since 2011 and it being their local city.
Their music has tendencies to sway in the 60’s, psychedelic market – imagine riding on a surfboard in space. However, we expect their set at NOS Alive to be a relaxed affair, where you can chill out and have a cider…or ride a surfboard in space, whatever takes your fancy!
UK-based Born Stranger (aka Maddox-Jones and Raife Hacking) invited emerging vocalist, CaitlynScarlett, to join them in the studio. Just 15 minutes later, the verse and lyrics to ‘Cheating Love’ were created.
Caitlyn explains, “The phrase ‘cheating love’ can be perceived as infidelity, but the undertone I wanted to convey was that of cheating love the same way someone might cheat death, a close shave but ultimately avoided.”
The track is co-produced by Yoad Nevo (Sia, PetShopBoys, Goldfrapp).
Sounds like: Prinze George, Sia, The Wombats, Bastille, Major Lazer, Years & Years, M83, Foals, KAPTAN, The Brocks, Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, Myzica
It’s not just her vocals in ‘Quiet’ that we are astounding by, but also MILCK’s rise against her own history of physical and sexual abuse.
Ever an advocate for women’s rights, MILCK performed ‘Quiet’ at last Saturday’s Women’s March with 25 other female singers of all different backgrounds and ages in acapella ‘flash mob’ choral performances.
MILCK is also launching a major social media campaign around ‘Quiet’ to raise awareness against abuse of women and minorities. Proceeds from the project will benefit Step Up, an empowering nonprofit that provides after school and mentorship programs for underprivileged girls ages 13-18. More info here.
Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Brandon Flowers, Prinze George, Gabrielle Aplin, Banks, Sia
The independent trio, Arbitraire, may all come from different musical backgrounds, but they are determined not to let inevitable musical differences get in the way of creating original and beautiful electronica.
‘Dandelions’ is an introduction to their new EP, and is the first chapter in the narrative of their journey about changing and distorted internal perspectives in a world that feels dehumanised.
Sounds like: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Wild Beasts, Prinze George, Xan Young
Taking a year out to work on their creativity, tight-knit trio, PrinzeGeorge, are back with the brilliant ‘Freeze’.
Vocalist, Naomi Almquist, has taken a slight turn in the direction of Stevie Nicks on this one, but Kenny Grimm on production/instrumental, and Isabelle De Leon on drums, keep us reminded of the dazzling Prinze George sound that we love here at Indietronica.
It’s the first song taken from their upcoming album, ‘Illiterate Synth Pop’, recorded with Evan Bakke (Prince, Fraea, SoulAsylum).
Sounds like: Stevie Nicks, Birdy, Foxes, Kid Astray, MS MR, Indiana, X Priest X, Years & Years, Chvrches, The Naked and Famous, Pistol Shrimp, Little Boots