Words: Jordan Foster
From the Sydney-born psych of Jagwar Ma to the sparse and elegant songwriting of the L.A-raised Azusena, Outlines 2017 will host a worldwide roster of talent. It'd be a mistake to overlook the plethora of home-grown flair, though, with some of Yorkshire’s most scintillating up-and-coming artists poised to invigorate the first date of 2017 festival calendar.
From sun-soaked dream-pop to abrasive afro-beat, the Steel City will host a genre-busting mix of emerging talent. Here are a few Yorkshire outfits not to be missed this March:
Blood Sport: As the self-proclaimed 'premier ambassadors of Sheffield's aggro-beat sound', Blood Sport are masters at hammering home their abrasive concoction within the peeling industrial walls of the Steel City. This trio ignore the restrictions of genres and conventional structures. Swing by The Harley to witness their rough and ready rhythm-wrestling.
Katie Pham & The Moonbathers: The fact that Katie Pham & The Moonbathers are a local outfit may come as a surprise to many; a sun-blushed combination of breezy guitars and Hawaiian shirts seem closer to sleepy beaches than Sheffield's seven hills. Featuring Pham’s woozy lyrics, tracks such as ‘Thick Cut’ and ‘Mulder & Scully’ are a tidal wave of potential. This trio’s Harley appearance promises to be the perfect tropical antidote to March’s late winter chills.
The Crookes: As no strangers to the long, hard graft of touring, the chugging ascendancy of The Crookes has now established their jangly guitar-pop on a national level. Named after a Sheffield suburb rich in musical talent, the quartet’s Smiths-esque kitchen sink realism is a firm nod to the Northern indie greats before them.
Cowtown: 2016 will never be seen as the most optimistic year in the music industry - but for Cowtown it couldn’t have gone much better. In smashing key festival slots at Tramlines and Bluedot, and warranting glowing reviews for an unhinged sophomore album, it seems this anything-but-subtle trio’s time has come. Catch this neurotic West-Yorkshire outfit at Queens Social Club for a psycho-speed train of punk-rock fun.
Slow Club: Having now supported such powerhouses as Florence + The Machine and Mumford & Sons, and after appearing at major festivals such as Glastonbury and Latitude – its safe to say that Slow Club firmly spearhead Sheffield’s crop of folk-rock. Now over a decade since forming, this endearing duo still remain loyal to the comedic storytelling that kick-started their creative outlet.