With opera performances in Bastien und Bastienne, Die Fledermaus and The Tale Of Genji already under her belt, Sara Kobayashi is wowing audiences from Japan to Austria…
Hailing from Leicester, The Lids are an exciting indie rock trio. Citing influences such as Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and Biffy Clyro, the three produce a smirking rock sound evident on their latest single, ‘I’m So Bleak’. From supporting The Sherlocks to having a fan in Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs, The Lids are already turning heads (and ears).
Hailing from Darwin, Australia, Caiti Baker's story is nothing short of extraordinary. While few soul and R&B artists today maintain artistic integrity on their paths to becoming superstars, and many crumble under the weight of their past experiences, Baker, through battling chronic fatigue syndrome and losing contact with her father, emerged triumphant and released her formidable soulful debut, Zinc.
I hurry to the Half Moon pub in Rayleigh to find Ethan Tate grinning in the corner. I curse my poor time management but I am grateful for his relaxed nature. He notices my phone background of Ian Curtis and we quickly obsess over Joy Division, and how Curtis has influenced Tate to become more energetic on stage. “It’s like he’s actually being electrocuted,” he starts. “It’s awful, but fascinating to watch.”
Cheshire band Pacific are fronted by Anthony Orzel, a cool and collected vocalist focused on cementing a piano based sound in indie rock. With regular radio airplay, recognition from DJs such as BBC’s Huw Stephens and Mark Radcliffe and festival experience alongside Maximo Park, Razorlight and Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Pacific are looking like strong contenders for the next breakthrough indie act of the summer.
For a trio engaged in various other activities, False Advertising are nothing short of ambitious - with a Japan-exclusive release of their album, Belligerent, dozens of shows across the UK and their aptly named all-day show ‘Falsetival’ already under their belt, the sky really is the limit.