Blackthorn Festival - 5 Bands To Watch

The sun is slowly making it’s return and it’s getting warmer, which can only mean that festival season is rapidly approaching. There’s been a lot of disappointing line ups so far this year; especially when it comes to new bands, but there’s still hope as the UK’s smaller festivals are packing their line ups with some of the most exciting new bands around.

Blackthorn Festival however, have revealed their 2017 line up which is full to the brim with ones to watch. Set in Etherow Country Park, just 30 minutes from Manchester City Centre, Blackthorn has to have one of the best line ups of the year.

We've put together our 5 favourite bands from the line up to give you an idea of just how exciting this line up is, read more about the bands below.

KASHMERE - A four piece indie rock band from Stockport with a knack for writing potential indie anthems. Debut single Blow Your Mind will stick in your head for weeks, addictive riffs and catchy choruses are standard with KASHMERE; their latest single Porcelain is just as infectious as the first, proving just how much potential they have. Live, KASHMERE’s sound translates perfectly, combined with their indie/rock image there’s no doubt that they’re a band everyone should be listening to. Definitely my top band to catch at Blackthorn.

Carnival Club - With their youthful rock n roll presence, Carnival Club are a young band overflowing with confidence. Their sound is reminiscent of classic rock, but with a slight indie edge to it. Live, the band own the stage like a band who’ve been playing together for years. They’re loud, powerful and ambitious. Frontman Kai has that cool rock n roll air about him that reminds me of Alex Turner, and if their debut single House Of Cards is anything to go by, they’re definitely not here to mess around.

The Blinders - A band who don’t really need any introduction, The Blinders are taking the UK by storm, selling out shows everywhere they can with their political punk rock. When asked what one of their lives shows is like, their answer was "Have you ever watched that scene from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, where Hunter S. Thompson has a flashback to that really cool club in which Jefferson Airplane are playing, and some dude is sniffing suspicious powder of a guys sleeve in the bathroom? It’s like that, but without the acid. Also, lots of shouting about tory injustice, and the punkest, baldest old-cats bobbing their heads along to our songs." If you haven’t had the chance to catch them yet, Blackthorn is your perfect opportunity.

No Hot Ashes - Indie-pop-funk straight out of Stockport. No Hot Ashes are one of those bands you just can’t help but dance to, their music is perfectly put together and infectious. Early releases Goose and Cool Cat were exciting enough, but their latest single Bellyaches has taken the band to another level. Their sound and energy is refreshing amongst the endless amount of same sounding bands, definitely deserving of their rapidly growing fanbase.

Larkins - Signed to Scruff Of The Neck, Larkins have already sold out a headline show at Gorilla. Their infectious melodies have a hint of Two Door Cinema Club about them. Their Don’t Leave The Light On EP is packed with upbeat guitar and sing along choruses, easily capable of getting a big crowd moving. Hit and Run has been an essential part of my playlists for weeks now and Larkins are certainly a band I’m excited to catch live.

Blackthorn Festival - 21st - 23rd July - Weekend tickets are just £55 - more information at

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