Taking place across music venues and bars in Hackney and now running for its fifth year, Visions not only showcases the best underground music but is also widely regarded Dog Show, which is judged this year by members of Girl Ray and Mystery Jets. Other festival activities include a tattoo exhibition and even an after party punk-rock karaoke. Did we mention the lineup’s great too? Sadly there are only so many artists you can see in one day so if you’re still undecided, allow us to point you in the right direction with 5 of Visions’ best.
Showing a dismissal for glitzy pop production polish, Denzel isn’t your regular rap artist releasing generic DIY demos. With intelligent storytelling of hardships, behind poignant rhymes and self-production on understated hip-hop demos creates much of Himself’s mind. Denzel is one of the UK’s most intriguing rap moguls, with music being modernistic, political and engaging, the set will not be one to forget.
Merging sultry and psychedelic moments in their hazy lo-fi R&B singles, Puma Blue is an act you can’t afford to miss at Visions. Going strength to strength with a few single releases and seeing a multitude of online support, his style of slick ambience and poignant bedroom tales is nothing but refreshing.
Even with only one demo to their name, SORRY have managed to cause a scene. Their penchant for abrasive lyrics and guitar hooks combined with rowdy boy-girl vocal callbacks creates a mystique and power that few modern bands can live up to. Their lack of proper releases only makes them more enticing for Visions this year.
5.15pm, Sebright Arms
One of the most talked about emerging indie acts this year. Amber’s honest vocal always stays at the forefront of her bittersweet catalogue of gritty indie-rock and a softer blend of delicate stripped tracks. With a few singles under their belts, highlights being the guitar hammering ‘It Changes’ & ‘Wouldn’t Even Know’ they’re bound to be one of the buzziest shows of the day.
8pm, Sebright Arms
The slick 19-year-old musician that’s on everyone’s ‘artist to watch’ lists, Cosmo Pyke really can’t be missed come Saturday. With an intricate approach to melody and plenty of catchy romance tales, Cosmo has won over fans with his take on soul and jazz in his guitar style and general flaunt. This year he’s already released the ever-brilliant ‘Just Cosmo’ EP, been placed on a huge amount of ‘One To Watch 2017’ lists and played The Great Escape, believe the hype.
Visions Festival takes place across Hackney August 5th.
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