Bestival has announced another wave of artists for it’s 2016 event.

The annual festival held on the Isle of Wight has released details of the artists and bands who will be performing on the Invaders Of The Future Stage. Spanish alternative rockers Hinds, industrial indie outfit Zibra and pink punk princess Girli head up the announcement with Welsh rock band Pretty Vicious and dreamy The Japanese House also making an appearance. This line-up announcement follows the confirmation of some already well established artists like Years and Years, Bastille and Wolf Alice performing at the music festival, joining headliners Hot Chip, Major Lazer, The Cure at the September event.

The full announcement can be seen below:


Words by Shannon Cotton



Madrid band Hinds have recently released their debut album Leave Me Alone with such high critical acclaim it is enough to make any band at least a little arrogant, but not Hinds.

The four Spaniards are full of energy and excitement and a smile is never off their faces like a toddler on Christmas morning. They’re embracing the music world with open arms and the music world is welcoming them with numerous award nominations and outstanding reviews.

While in a smoking area of a bar in sunny Leeds, I managed to catch two very enthusiastic and cheery members of the band, Amber (the drummer) and Ade (the bassist and singer).  After only starting gigging in the summer of 2014, the band is not yet without their pre-show anxieties.“We still get nervous which is a good thing I think and it doesn’t really change if it is a big gig or a small gig” Amber says. “I prefer smaller crowds though as it is more intimate, like when you’re on stage people are just right there and you can just sing and play to them, it feels a lot more comfortable.”

After releasing their debut Demo they not only attracted fans from their home country of Spain, but also attracted quite a large fan base from America, Europe and helped them burst on to the UK music scene for 2015. ‘Debut’ was supposedly fuelled by Sangria which doesn’t come as a shock when interviewing the band as alcohol seems to be a theme within Hinds when it comes to writing and playing music. I asked Ade and Amber what their craziest gig was and their answer was involving a time when they did a gig in Copenhagen, “we had so long between sound check and the actual gig so we decided to drink a bit and we got so fucking drunk, it was the craziest and best gig ever”. Although Ade decided that it was the best gig ever Amber instantaneously laughed, almost chocking on the smoke from her cigarette and exclaimed that although it was her favourite gig it was also the bands worst gig to date. “We were so fucking drunk and it was so much fun but the sound we made that night was just so bad”.

The band have come a long way since 2014, they played numerous festivals in 2015 including UK festival Glastonbury and Internacional de Benicàssim which is situated in the province of Castelló in Spain. When mentioning the festival to Ade she couldn’t hold back her excitement thinking back to the festival with a smile appearing on her face interrupting her taking a drag of her cigarette. “It feels crazy the fact that we played Benicàssim, from visiting it for years to actually being on one of the stages in 2015, we couldn’t believe it.”

Hinds are a band to watch in 2016 and are a breath of fresh air when it comes to European bands making themselves present in the American and British music scene.

Words by Jonny Page



Reading and Leeds Festival have announced Red Hot Chili Peppers as the first headliner for the 2016 event.

Famous for tracks like Californication, By The Way and Can’t Stop, the exclusive booking is the first time the American band have headlined a UK festival since 2014.

Also added to the line-up for next year’s annual event are Manchester based bands The 1975, and Courteeners.

Returning from their headline performance in the Radio 1 Dance tent last year Boy Better Know will also be appearing in 2016.

Making up the rest of the first announcement are punk rock duo Slaves, bedroom beat maker RAT BOY, Spanish indie quartet Hinds, American duo Twenty One Pilots, Japanese metalcore outfit Crossfaith and Tottenham garage specialist DJ EZ.

The festival takes place at Reading’s Richfield Avenue and Leed’s Bramham Park during the 26th to 28th August 2016.

Words by Shannon Cotton