So your sat looking at the Bushstock timetable, thinking, too many clashes!! There might only be four stages, but the array of wonderful music on offer means that somewhere along the line you are gonna have to miss someone real good. So this little guide to the day, it’s hopefully going to help you make a few choices about who to see and give you a few bands to see you otherwise wouldn’t have. Then again, it could quite possibly put you in an even bigger pickle.
Anyway, heres a Flying With Anna step by step guide to Communion’s first ever Bushstock Festival.
2:00 So you’ve arrived in Shepherds Bush, exchanged your tickets and theres only really one way to start the day, in St. Stephens Church with the hauntingly beautiful sounds of Daughter. Having just released her phenomenal EP ‘His Young Heart’, which is getting frequent 6music play, and having just performed a session on the Laverne show, this is one show not to miss.
3:00 Where to go next? Well I’ll be staying put, as next on is Communion’s own signing Michael Kiwanuka. His soulful voice and infectious tunes are sure to put a smile on your face, what better way to continue your afternoon.
Michael Kiwanuka- Tell Me A Tale
4:45 Next for some 50’s harmonies, country tunes and vintage dresses with Louise and the Pins over at The Goldhawk. They were recently finalists in the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition and will be performing on the Avalon Stage at the end of this month. I recon theres some exciting things coming from these ladies.
Louise and the Pins- Love Your Lover
5:15 Then straight back to St. Stephens Church for some more 3-girl harmonies, but this time of a very different vein, enter the gentle folk-pop songwriting of The Staves. Be prepared for them to melt your heart as their voices fill the church.
5:45 One of the bands on the line-up I hadn’t previously heard of is Dark Moon, who are playing at the Goldhawk next. They seem to be a very interesting bunch, lots of late 60’s, early 70’s influences coming through in their style as well as their music. I’d be curious to see what they were like live. Marques Toliver takes to St. Stephens Church straight after, his pop infused violin backed songs and apparently incredible live performances, should be great.
Dark Moon- Blackbird
Marques Toliver- Deep in my Heart
7:15 The Flowerpot Sessions video is showing next at the Goldhawk, although, you could just buy the DVD and instead go and see the epic King Charles in St. Stephens Church. If you’ve never seen the king live before, you are in for a massive treat, why this guy isn’t big is totally beyond me.
8:30 A good alternative after King Charles would be the lovely Lucy Rose, and the stunning Sarah Blasko is also playing St. Stephens Church which is bound to be amazing. But for me its straight to Ginglik for Cloud Control, a band who I have done plenty of raving about since the Great Escape. Their record is brilliant and they are even better live! A must see of the day for me!
Cloud Control- This is what I Said
9:15 If you fancy a little jog to Shepherds Bar after that, you might just catch Treetop Flyers, a brilliant live band who later this month will grace the other stage at Glastonbury Festival after being crowned the champions of the Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition.
Treetop Flyers- Mountain Song
10:00 Headliner of choice for me is Peggy Sue, who are wonderful. They’re playing at Ginglik. Here is a super old video which I found in 2008 which got me into them. It’s been a year or so since I’ve seen Peggy Sue so I’m looking forward to that.
11:00 After the bands end there is DJ’s at Ginglik until 3am, or you can simply head home and reminisce on a wonderful day of music.
Bushstock is happening at 4 venues around Shepherds Bush this Saturday, June 4th. Below is a flyer of the whole day. You can still purchase tickets and see details of the day on the Bushstock website.