One of South West’s shiniest hidden gems, Shindig Festival is back next weekend, taking over Somerset’s Gilcombe Farm for the bank holiday weekend. Though anyone will tell you that Shindig is about much more than the music, this year’s lineup is nothing to be sniffed at.
Brought to us by the team behind award-winning record label and party-throwers Ghetto Funk, Shindig puts positive vibes above all else. Alongside one of their best lineups yet, Shindiggers will find a mixed bag of circus, spoken word, comedy and all-round silliness to fill their weekend. But to make sure you don’t get entirely distracted by stripped-down army helicopters or reiki tents, we asked some of the brains behind Shindig to give us their top music picks for the weekend.
Shindig Festival co-founder Will Lardner and Accreditation Manager Jess Chambers have put their heads together to come up with six acts you shouldn’t miss –
We’ve been massive fans of Estelle since way back when and we couldn’t be more excited that she’s coming over from the US to perform for us at Shindig as her only UK festival this year. Estelle has roots in UK hip hop and garage, as well as writing some of proper smash hits like 1980 and American Boy. Her new album Lover’s Rock has some serious grooves on too. She’s the perfect fit for a Shindig crowd and will have the Dig Inn rocking on Saturday night!
Seeing one UK hip hop legend on stage is pretty exciting, but having three join forces to create a UK hip hop supergroup is absolutely amazing. Fresh from a tour earlier this year and pretty much burning down the studio on Charlie Sloth’s Fire in the Booth; Rodney P, Ty and Blak Twang are coming to Shindig to perform. This will be a really special set, so we definitely recommend catching it!
If you’ve not heard of him, DJ Nu-Mark is one of the founding members of Jurassic 5 – so that should give you a pretty good indication of what level of awesomeness he’ll be bringing to the Ghetto Funk Nightclub on Sunday night. Uncle Nu will be bringing the big hip hop tunes, so be ready to rock – definitely one to watch for Ghetto Funk fans!
Do we even need to give a reason why we chose Crazy P? Their new album Age of Ego is probably one of the best things we’ve heard in a really long time. We’ve had a DJ set, a sound system and now we’ve managed to grab the whole band whilst they’re touring their new album. Always guaranteed to fill dancefloors (or grassy tent floors!) and have every single person grooving from start to finish. Do not miss!
Barely need to introduce Bristol-grown urban reggae heavyweights Laid Blak… They know how to get a crowd of all ages going and they just breathe soul with every track. Laid Blak are the perfect band to get the party started on Friday night in the SS Nautylicious!
Playing in Tutti Frutti on Sunday night, Doc Scott is serious drum and bass royalty. We had tried to get him for awhile and this year we finally made it happen!
Photo by Sarah Koury