Bushstock – Saturday 13th June
West is best they say? (Someone, somewhere does). But the left hand side of London has long been under represented when it comes to music in the capital – or that was until Communion Records came by with their own street sprawl festival. Bushstock takes place over six venues in Shepherd’s Bush, and features a worthy line up of over forty bands, both signed to Communion and not.
The wristband event sees punters take in a whole variety of music across varied sites, including beautiful and serene St Stephen’s Church, an outdoor stage at the University of Arts, stunning theatre Bush Hall and newcomer, unique and cosy wine bar Albertines. In fact it was a venue that helped lure Lisa Mitchell in. She is kicking off the season with Bushstock, and is pretty excited. “Bushstock will be my first London performance of this year so hooray! As soon as I heard it was Communion’s festival in a church I wanted to be a part of it, stoked to be playing at this festival.”
This year’s line up includes performances from folk darling Lucy Rose and the dreamy Michael Kiwanuka, but Communion also challenge the banjo and beards stereotype that the label sometimes suffers with by inviting down punky scuzz female duo Honeyblood, Liverpool trio All We Are with their psychedelic wonder, infectious indie band The Academic, and the super hyped Lake Komo. The brilliant and mysterious pop band Vaults will be perfoming for the first time, Blythe from Vaults is particularly impressed by the ethics of the companies involved, as well as the “super acts playing – hopefully we’ll catch Michael Kiwanuka.” They promise something of an impressive set: “We’re playing all over the shop this summer so it should be a well oiled set!”
Previous LiS interviewees Honeyblood are pleased to be back, having first played last year. “We had such a blast playing Bushstock before, I’m really excited. It’s always a great vibe at the festival. Definitely going to catch Lucy Rose and Beans on Toast. We’ll be doing a fair amount of festival gigs this summer which we can’t wait for.”
Communion Records grew from a club night in Notting Hill Arts Club to one of the most revered labels in the country, and is currently home to Tennis, Bear’s Den and Matthew & The Atlas, with Willy Mason, Ben Howard, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Daughter being notable alumni.