2018 Festivals: ones to watch. Part 1

Written by LJayne26

Festival annoucements are coming in thick and fast and we’re getting closer and closer to the best part of the year kicking off.

Here at Kettle Mag we’re starting to get pretty excited about seeing some of our favourite bands grace the festival stages up & down the country across the summer – but with so many to choose from, who should you go & see

We’ve picked our top 5 bands, so far, that we can’t wait to watch & think that you shouldn’t miss at festivals in 2018.

Taking Back Sunday @ Slam Dunk

Who doesn’t love an emo throw back? Slam Dunk festival excels at bringing on the nostalgia year after year and for 2018 it’s no different. The Long Island rockers will be taking to the stage across Slam Dunk’s 3 dates and are sure to be greeted with a crowd shouting back every word. We can’t wait.

Enter Shikari @ 2000 Trees

Enter Shikari are arguably one of the best live bands on the circuit right now. The lasers, the lights and those anthemic songs are a combination for success. Taking to 2000 Trees’ Main Stage, closing the festival for this year the bands set is already hotly anticipated. Personally we’re hoping for a mixture of the old and new, but we’re sure that whatever that setlist contains, it will be one not to miss.

Fickle Friends @ Reading & Leeds

Fickle Friends are that slice of indie pop fun that everyone needs in their lives. With the Reading & Leeds line up for 2018 dividing festival fans, there are some real highlights on the bill already. Having gained some Radio One play as well as heaps on fans, Fickle Friends are sure to gain more during the festival performance. We’re hoping for a sunny day for that perfect atmosphere for the bands set.

Alexisonfire @ Download

Alexisonfire back in the UK was the announcement fans had been waiting for. The band head to Donington Park this summer for what is sure to be a set for fans to remember. The post-hardcore band from Canada put on a show that fans old & new shout, sing and often cry their way through. Having celebrated the 15th anniversary on their self titled debut album, late last year, we’re sure the set will be packed with some throwbacks. Is the Zippo Encore stage ready?

Chvrches @ TRNSMT

We couldn’t be happier that Chvrches are back on the scene. Their new single Get Out is a slice of electro indie sunshine and we can already hear it blaring across the festival fields. Chvrches are a band made for the festival stage. With Lauren’s vocals mixed with their fun, upbeat sounds; it is just what you want to hear whilst the sun shines and you’ve a beer in hand.

Look out for more bands we can’t wait to see and festival news & reviews across the next few months!