Festivals 2016: Acts to see at late summer festivals

So we’re halfway through the UK summer festival season. You’ve been to a few, and there are more left to get wet / sunburnt at. We’re taking a look at the late summer festivals to give you the ten acts to see between now until late September.

Jason Isbell

Green Man Festival, Wales
One of the hottest acts in alt.country is turning up at the foot of the Welsh mountains for a main stage set at August’s Green Man. With two of the best Americana record of the last ten years under his belt the Brecon Beacons crowd are in for a treat of tracks from Something More Than Free and Southeastern. Especially listen out for the heartbreaking beauty of ‘Cover Me up’ and the rocking lament of ‘Children of Children’.


Victorious Festival, Portsmouth
The TMF faves play second fiddle on the second stage on the first day of Victorious, a travesty if you ask us. Still it’s a chance to see the moody, electricity of their act in a slightly (very slightly) smaller setting that their usual headlining state at European festivals. The louche bass guitar of Russell Leetch balances out the onstage gymnastics of frontman Tom Smith, and they’ve the tunes to carry off the big stage.

Will Young

Victorious Festival, Portsmouth
Now this is hardly a leftfield choice, the chart topping, Pop Idol winning, musical starring Will Young, but he’s playing early afternoon. On a sunny (Ed - really???) August Saturday. He’s a crowd pleasing whirl of ‘Light My Fire’, ‘Leave Right Now’, ‘Love Revolution’ singer will brighten up even a cloudy summer afternoon. Just imagine it: “Think I’d better leave right now”.

Songhoy Blues

Green Man Festival, Wales & Together The People Festival, Brighton
The excitable blues band from Timbuktu were festival favourites in 2015 and are back for a second year of conquering UK stages. Thier blend of African rhythm and dance, and more western guitar work is energising stuff, perfect for a festival setting. They’re better in the sunshine but will brighten even the most overcast of days.

Max Jury

Together The People, Brighton
Festivals are becoming furtive ground for new American acts to play their music into large numbers of ears. Max Jury is the latest to bring his Americana cool to the UK festival stage, with a slot near Brighton beach being followed by a number of other dates in early September.

Clare Maguire

Green Man, Wales
After a few years in the wilderness following her much hyped debut album in 2012, this year has seen Clare Maguire return to music with a better received follow-up, and a sense of being her own artist now. Playing songs from Stranger Things Have Happened Green Man is the last festival she's playing this summer before a set of dates later in the year. Get there early to see her kick off the Mountain Stage on Saturday.

Kevin Morby

Green Man, Wales
The former Woods bassist is going well with third solo album Singing Saw and brings his set to Wales in the midst of a summer of European festivals. The Texan troubadour will be worth catching for his slightly melancholy music that feels just about right for a festival field.


Festival No. 6, Portmerion
The hip band of the second half of 2016, Blossoms aren't as ubiquitous at festivals in August and September as you might think. Their hippy-chic pop-rock will be well received in deepest Wales though, and a great fit for the psychadelic town that's the base for the festival.

Green Man Festival takes place on 18th-21st August and is sold out, Victorious Festival on 27/28th August, Together The People on 3rd & 4th September, and Festival No. 6 on 1st-4th September.

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