No Tomorrow festival in Nottingham is on this weekend for its Sophomore Year, but this time it's spread over two days so there's double what was on offer first time round.
As I finished exams today – sorry for those who have yet to cross the finish line- I decided it was a good idea to sign myself up for the trek to the Midlands to find out if all the fuss about the festival was warranted. As a weekend day-only festival in the beautiful grounds of Wollaton Park, for those camping-adverse among you there’s no need to even need to worry. And with my own couch surfing arranged, it leaves me just enough time to consider which little gems may be in store. In need of some last-push revision tunes, or are looking to kick back and start May Week early? Here are my top suggestions from the No Tomorrow 2015 line-up:
I still can’t remember how I discovered Zak Abel, I have a feeling it might have been a Facebook page suggestion that turned out very well. Most of you will have heard his soulful vocals already as he featured on ‘Unmissable’ from Gorgon City who are also making an appearance at NT.
A singer-songwriter who’s been honing his craft over the last few years gaining acclaim from Huw Stephens over at Radio 1, and now to top it off he’s just sold out his UK tour. Take a listen to ‘Satellite’ if you need something to relax to and calm those nerves, it’s a beauty.
Featuring on the BBC Sound of 2015 Longlist, it’s a sure sign of good things to come. And with KWABS’ lusciously velvet baritone it’s really hard to imagine the list without him. Well deserved placing and I’m looking forward to catching him live.
Mulvey clearly likes Cambridge as he recorded his live album here. Unsurprisingly Cambridge likes Mulvey back. And he featured on last year’s BBC Sound of… which is even more confirmation of his credentials.
‘Say you love me’ – Need I say more.
I confess I’ve only listened to their track ‘Fossil’ but I am very intrigued and can see them becoming an act to look out for. They’re popping up at other festivals this summer so take a look and if they’re there, search out the tent and discover. Plus their album artwork is really, really cool.
Another of my accidental online finds; I feel like NT is giving me the opportunity to catch the artists that might otherwise remain confined to the Spotify playlist and not the live stage. ‘Stronger Than Ever’ is a great track if you haven’t heard of him.
This amazing little talent is just 18 from Londonderry. Already appearing on the BBC Sound Of longlist – I feel like I know where NT get their booking ideas from – she is undoubtedly going to go far; and if she doesn’t then I worry for the future of music.
Another group who I am so excited to see on the NT line-up. They quite accidentally made a huge splash when they put online ‘Stolen Dance’ back in 2013 and if they don’t play this track on Sunday I will be very sad indeed.
Being lucky enough to have a ticket for Jesus May Ball means it’s going to be a double-helping of James Bay for me this June. Hats-off to Jesus and to NT for both choosing an absolute stellar act for the evening’s entertainment.