Six acts to discover the greatest Weekend

Joanna Kiely

The biggest names in pop, rock, grime and classical music will be playing at the BBC Music’s biggest Weekend over the next four days.

The likes of Taylor Swift, Liam Gallagher, Camila Cabello, Beck and Snow Patrol will play on stages across the UK, with full coverage on TV, radio and online.

But dig a little deeper in the running order, and you might find your new favorite group among the up-and-coming acts from the BBC, the Music of the Introduction present.

Here are a few names to look out for, if you attend a show or catch up on the biggest Weekend of the web site.


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Welsh rock trio Trampolene get to headline the BBC Introducing stage in their hometown of Swansea, looking out at the school they attended there a few years ago.

“We’re headlining, but everyone will probably be watching Taylor Swift, isn’t it?” said the singer Jack Jones.

“Our classmates don’t come to see us anyway. We played at Swansea the other day and I couldn’t get my companion to come from Townhill.

“I rang him and said:” Look, man, there are people here from Japan, and you can’t be bothered to walk two minutes down the road.’

“He said:” Yeah, sorry mate, I have alloys to put on my car and go get a tattoo.’

“I was like, ‘Fair enough. Get your priorities right, son.””

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Dream of Women to have evolved from an art school project to a jaw-dropping live act and one of the most talked-about new bands of 2018.

Sparkle pop-punk anthems to hair with attitude and the flowering of the melody. Lyrically, the band address the oppression of women in the Act of My Age and gender on Someone (“I am not my body/I am somebody”).

Icelandic singer Rakel Mjoll said that the group has already started to see a change in the way women are treated during their concerts.

“In America, everyone is talking about the application of the safe spaces at the shows,” she said. “It is incredible that it became the standard.

“But it is in the ups and downs. So don’t let this conversation die again.”

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The Orielles are a young three-piece from Halifax, consisting of sisters Sidonie and Esme Hand-Halford, and their friend Henry Wade.

They first met at a house party – although it was not as cool as that sounds. “It was for a friend of the family,” said Henry. “I think it was a 40th anniversary.

“This was not like a raging, Skins-style house party.”

The band play the 6 Music stage in Belfast this weekend after the release of their first album, Silver Dollar Time, to rave reviews.

Packed with light-hearted stories (Let Your teeth dog to Grow on the vagaries of dental surgery) and stirring guitar riffs, it will instantly appeal to fans of ’90s indie bands such as Lush, Kenickie and Blur.

Blur singer Damon Albarn is a fan and has recently turned to see the band in London, only to almost be turned away at the door.

“We tried to make room on the guest list,” said Henry. “So we took Damon off that we didn’t think he was going to come!”

Ed Sheeran
Camila Cabello
Noel Gallagher
Wolf Alice
Paloma Faith
Niall Horan
Courtney Barnett
George Ezra
Manic Street Preachers

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Watford-born Connie Constance is a former dancer who gave up her training when she realized the music would give him a better form of self-expression.

At the beginning, it felt (self-imposed) pressure to adapt the model of “R&B girl” – before realizing that she didn’t listen to R&B, and would be better to explore his love of punk, indie and the Spice Girls.

The result is an eccentric, elastic to take on the soul, with Connie’s husky voice front and center.

After having been championed by BBC Radio 1, Annie Mac, it will play the station from the Introduction stage to Swansea for the biggest Weekend.

Connie said she can’t wait to share the bill with fellow women soulsters Jorja Smith and Mabel.

“It’s a good feeling to be part of this new British sound,” she said.

“It’s nice to have the unit, make music, and we all each other when we get out of stuff. It is very exciting.”

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Isaac Gracie sparked a label bidding war with a series of lo-fi demos recorded in his bedroom in 2016.

Two years later, he made the tour of the united KINGDOM, scored a top 40 of the album and has been compared to Jeff Buckley (with whom he shares a delicate and haunting falsetto voice) and Nick Cave (for the throat at the assault of his single The Death of You and me).

But the most strange comparison came to a review by the Telegraph, who compared the singer of “messianic Macaulay Culkin”.

“Oh my god! Can you imagine?” he says when reminded of the article. “My first review in the newspaper, and they put it in the frickin’ title!

“But now, I look at it I can see why. We are [both] blonde and slightly jaded. It’s all good.”

Decide for yourself when Isaac performs at Swansea on Saturday.

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