Finishing off the month, Finsbury Park’s Community Festival is returning for its third year in a row, bringing the best of British and international indie to central London, from the funk tinged riffs of The Kooks to the chorus drenched guitars of Liverpool’s The Night Cafe, this year is set to be a crowd pleaser. The main stage and the N4 stage will host a plethora of acts, each with their own burgeoning talent and unique flair.
We’ve chosen our top picks on the roster this year
Mercury-nominated Stockport synth connoisseurs Blossoms are one of this year’s headlining acts, making their Community debut on the main stage.
This merry quintet, fronted by 26 year old Tom Ogden, has been pushing the boundaries of indie pop since their 2014 debut single ‘You Put a Gun on Me’ and have become a catalyst both at home and on the international stage. Touring with the likes of the Charlatans, and having played festivals such as The Great Escape and Reading & Leeds, their set will certainly be worth watching.
London’s own born and bred singer-songwriter Kate Nash is another feature of this year’s main stage, and brings her unapologetic vocals and stark lyrical style to Community. The 31 year old from Harrow has made her mark on the stages of Glastonbury, Wireless, T in the Park and more. Her 2007 debut album ‘Made of Bricks’ produced the piano based garage rock fusion track ‘Foundations’ which has garnered nearly 50 million streams on Spotify; no mean feat to say the least.
The Night Cafe
Liverpool youngsters The Night Cafe are relatively new kids in the industry, but despite playing on the N4 Stage this year, these scousers are hot stuff and have already played a support tour in Europe and are preparing to release their debut album ‘0151’ this August.
The group are a breath of fresh air on the British indie scene, combining 90s grunge attitude with the cathartic vocals of lead singer Sean Martin, the group step away from the crystal clean guitars of their predecessors to form their own signature sound.
An exciting addition to the N4 Stage this year, London based Lazy Day might not be a household name as of now, yet they are certainly one of the most exciting performers this year. Initially created as the solo project of Tilly Scantlebury , the now four piece shoegaze-punk infused group draws inspiration from American indie legends such as Sonic Youth and DIIV whilst merging a vocal sound ranging from the brutal attitude of Siouxsie and the Banshees to the reflective and pensive style of Snail Mail and Long Beard.