02 Aug 2016

With Visions festival fast approaching, we turn the spotlight on some of the acts gracing its stages


There's less than a week to go until Visions Festival 2016 takes a hold of Hackney and fills it to the brim with a gloriously diverse platter of live music for your delectation.

To get you in the mood, we're turning the spotlight on one artist a day until we open up the gates - and don't forget to get your advance tickets from See you on Saturday August 6th!

WHO: Young Fathers - Mercury Prize-winning Scottish trio and this year's Visions headliners.

WHERE: St. John at Hackney, 9.30pm

CREDENTIALS: Alongside their recent award - no small achievement by any standard - Young Fathers also recently collaborated with Massive Attack on a huge headline show at Hyde Park's British Summer Time festival and have received critical acclaim across the board for LP 'White Men Are Black Men Too'.

WHAT THEY SAY: On their album title: "It is a confusing statement on purpose. The media like to put whole colours, races and religions into little boxes which are completely inaccurate. As a band, just standing onstage, we represent that, even before we’ve sung a note.” (New Statesman, 2015)

WHY PICK THEM? In an age of political turmoil, Young Fathers aren't afraid to confront society's more uncomfortable aspects while retaining their knack for a experimental melody at the same time. Part hip hop, part pop; part dancefloor-friendly hooks, part dark, ominous rhyme - Young Fathers exist in a middle ground of truly original ideas.

FOR FANS OF: Shabazz Palaces, Kate Tempest

TRY THIS: Even if you think you've never heard the band, you'll know 'Shame'.



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