Blackthorn Festival returns this year on the back of 2016 nominations for Best Family Festival, Best Small Festival, Best Festival for Emerging Talent and most importantly, Best Toilets. The 2017 lineup is bigger and better than ever before and at just £55 for the weekend, seems like a steal. For a festival full of music, food, culture and good times, Blackthorn offers an experience like not other.
Topping the bill are the incredible Reef and The Lightening Seeds. We all know they along with The Sex Pissed Dolls and Space will blow crowds away but Halfway to Nowhere have chosen four acts we expect to shine at this years festival that you might not have heard of yet (with one huge preview on the horizon to make it five, watch this space).
Corella are a band that are hotly tipped to explode in 2018 so take up the chance to see them at Blackthorn in 2017 before they’re playing some huge venues nationwide. We first saw them just last month in support of The Glass Caves and it’s safe to say they killed it that night. Mixing classic indie sounds with a new upbeat feel, Corella are somewhat unique yet appeal to traditionalist indie fans due to their core sound.
Stillia were one of the first bands we covered this year with debut single “Let Me In”. Since we covered that, the band have gone on to do incredible things in 2017, playing some massive shows, filming the video for said single with Jonny Vegas and this summer they’ll be heading to Blackthorn to blow fans away. They are an infectious, upbeat indie-rock act that have perfected their craft so early in their careers. Expect huge hooks, sing-along choruses and stomping guitar riffs from the St Helens band who like Corella will be looking to use the festival as a platform to skyrocket in 2018.
Where do we start with The Jackobins..it’s no secret H2N loves this band from Liverpool but we wholly believe in this band and their potential. First seeing them at Y Not Festival last summer, the band went from strength to strength playing at Leeds Festival as well as a host of gigs towards the end of the year. With enough confidence to woo crowds and stay the right side of arrogance, the band are making waves in the industry and have been tipped by many to be the next big band from Liverpoo. The guys have just announced a headline tour that will see the cross the nation and perform a great set at Blackthorn no doubt. With “Hasty” featuring in our Top 40 of 2016, they are a band not to miss this year.
Here’s something a little different to the previous three bands, Flood Hounds aren’t your typical indie rock band that H2N normally cover. Last month though we took a stab at reviewing their new EP and although it took us a bit of time to come round to the sound, it made our top ten EP’s of quarter one, a feature we ran at the start of April. The band have a really distinct sound different to many in the industry today which makes them one of the most exciting band on the Blackthorn lineup in 2017. Consisting of dizzy guitars, smooth clean vocals and baselines to die for, make sure this band are on your list of bands to see this July.
As well as these four huge artists we tip for success, we want to give blog shout outs to Where Fires Are, Kashmere and Types who will all be giving huge performances this July.
Tickets are available at the following links and the full, incredible lineup is below: