Headlining the Rough Trade Shops & Beat Magazine stage, King Blues had attracted much attention throughout the day and were many peoples’ must see act. Without a slice of expectation or familiarity, i-D Online hopped down to investigate. With an honest and humble performance, an engaged crowd and a track to chime along to in the form of ‘The Streets Are Ours’, they were a right royal success! And that’s not the end of it – music with a message is far from over all the while King Blues are performing their ska-funk-folk-punk greatness!
Novella are an all girl four-piece consisting of Suki Sou, Hollie Warren, Sophy Hollington and Melissa Rigby. Relatively new to the festival scene, 1234 is a special occasion for the lovely lasses and given one word Sophy describes the event as ‘frindging’, whilst Hollie wisely chooses, ‘CLOUT!’ (see below). They’re releasing their debut single, The Things You Do on the 15th of August and describe their music as ‘serious business’. i-D online describes it as something you have to lend a keen ear to order to understand. Imagine surf music, meets psychedelic but then not that at all. Honestly take our advice have a listen.
TOY, consisteing of Alejandra Diez, Tom Dougal, Maxim Barron, Dominic O’Dair and Carlie Salvidge, caught the eye of i-D Online on the set list from having supported The Horrors on their recent album taster tour. With several of the TOY team being ex-members of mainstream indie sensation Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, their performance on the Artrocker New Band Stage was as a fresh start for the quintet. With the question of defining their sound causing much debate they eventually settled for ‘sweeping motoric europia’.
Since i-D online first took five with the CLOUT! chaps back in April 2011, they’ve come a long way. Chris Shubert has since left the band and been replaced by William Cunningham. New line-up in shape, they’ve released their debut EP and are now working on a ten track release, a live record consisting of five songs and five interludes, one written by each member of the band. 1234 saw a fantastic set by the boys, so good that the crowd demanded more and the compare forgot the name of the next band! A must-see, there’s a singe in the pipeline so get saving those pennies!
Zombie Nation at XOYO
A cracking day behind us, i-D online rounded the night off at the XOYO After Party, hosted by Bad Life Records. With Zombie Nation DJs topping the bill it proved a fitting end to a great third annual 1234 festival. Here’s to numbers 4, 5, 6 and 7!