The 2018 edition of Bushstock will take place next Saturday 23rd June across seven venues in Shepherd’s Bush, west London. Celebrating the west London heritage of Communion, Bushstock is a platform for new music with previous years having hosted the likes of Nick Mulvey, Bastille, and Daughter. Born in 2006 as a monthly night of live music at Notting Hill Arts Club, and having now expanded to become a label and a publisher, Communion continue to go from strength to strength. Today they promote gigs of all sizes, from intimate spaces to arena shows across the world.
This year Communion have invited Norwegian songstress Aurora and flamboyant indie outfit Peace to headline, with the likes of Billie Marten, Ida Mae, and Joel Baker also on the bill. Programming starts at midday, with the final shows ending at around 10.30pm. The Albertine Wine Bar will play host to some super intimate secret performances throughout the day, so make sure to poke your head in.
Ahead of their performance at the festival next weekend, we handpicked five artists from the line up and asked them to describe their sound in their own words…
“’I find it hard to describe my sound to others as I believe what you hear is subjective, however, I will say this; atmosphere and honest lyrics are something I look for when writing a song. When those two things tie together sonically – it’s a winner!’”
“I’m inspired a lot by soulful music that tells a proper story. I would say the music I make is influenced by this but as I’m only 19 it has a bit more of a youthful sound then the old records I love. I think this comes across in my EP Not That Special.”
“Tors are an indie/folk three piece blending story telling narratives, loud guitar and three part harmonies. We play uplifting songs about often quite dark subjects and bring a lot of energy in between our more stripped back moments. A mix of sweaty, floor stomping tracks and meaningful ballads. The great Ainsley Harriott once described our music as “the best thing since freeze dried couscous”.”
PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION
“We’d probably say our sound is routed to all of us growing up in the naughties with guitar bands everywhere, it’s quite a full sound. Lyrically it revolves around those nights out where you’re making that call or text you know you shouldn’t be making to an old ex. Combine those two things and you’ve got Paris Youth Foundation”
“My music comes from whatever feels honest for me in the moment. I don’t target that with a specific genre. I float in between what I like and what I grew up listening to. Somebody told me after a gig that my voice sounds like it could be 2000 years old. I do think my voice very much stirs the direction of my music and maybe is rooted in something raw and ancient that I am drawn to.”
Bushstock takes place across multiple venues in Shepherd’s Bush on Saturday 23rd June.