Category Archives: Festivals

Head ‘Downtown’ with Folkstock Records’ Emerging Artists

This month’s Folk and Roots festival in London will naturally showcase some of the finest artists around in the UK at the moment. Among the gigs available to go and see for capital based folk fans, boutique record label Folkstock Records will be hosting two Emerging Artists gigs over the next couple of weeks.

To celebrate the gigs, they have released a compilation album called ‘Downtown’. All eight artists from their Emerging Artists shows will be making an appearance, and as you can hear above they represent quite a range of styles withint the roots arena.

Whether you’re looking for dirty, earthy traditional folk or a pop-folk hybrid, there will be something here to satisfy all needs. So, have a listen to the tracks above, get the album, and then choose which of the gigs to head down to. You could always treat yourself to both!

November 4th – Fred’s House, Kaity Rae, Ben Smith, Marina Florance – Tickets

November 11th – Kelly Oliver, Minnie Birch, Daria Kulesh, Zoe Wren – Tickets

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Highway to V Festival: Want to play at V Festival?

Win a slot at V Festival this summer!


Highway to V Festival: Do you want to perform at V Festival this summer? The line-up for V Festival this year includes; Kasabian, Calvin Harris, Stereophonics, Sam Smith, Annie Mac, Clean Bandit, Tom Jones and Paloma Faith to name a few! Would you like the chance to join them and perform at V Festival?


Walkabout have teamed up with V Festival, Jack Daniels, and Future Music to run ‘Highway to V Festival‘; a national battle of the bands competition. Bands and acts from all over the country will battle it out to win a set opening up V Festival on Friday 21st of August to a crowd of around 15,000 people! The winner will also get expenses paid, festival tickets, and spending money to boot!

Want To Play At V Festival?


The Highway to V Festival competition will take place from 15th July at selected Walkabout venues across the UK, with the Grand Final taking place in London on Sunday 2nd August to decide the winning act.


Think your band or act has what it takes? To enter please email your name, number and closest Walkabout venue to ASAP to take part in the competition!


You can find all the Walkabout venues here.


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V Festival takes place in Staffordshire and Chelmsford on 22nd and 23rd August. Click here to grab a ticket while you still can!

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“Son Estrella Galicia” announces 10th anniversary London show

Spanish event brand 981Heritage “Son Estrella Galicia” makes a welcome return to the Oval Space in London on July 10th following its 2013 sell-out Bath’s headline show. Celebrating its tenth anniversary and its third London edition, the festival will present electronic band Austra, Montreal duo Blue Hawaii and London popsters Maxixe.

Born back in 2005 at La Coruna (Galicia, Spain) as a modest event, 981Heritage has evolved into one of the most influential music festivals in the Spanish calendar. In these first nine years, 981Heritage went from a single location in Galicia to three: two in Spain (Madrid and La Coruna) and one in London. Its growth didn’t affect its original aesthetic, providing a platform for the most experimental artists to perform to intimate audiences in unique spaces.

To mark its tenth anniversary, Barcelona will be joining the list of locations, whilst the Oval Space prepares for a comeback event of epic proportions – fresh from Coachella, Austra will headline this year’s London edition of the festival. The band will present their new four-track EP ‘Habitat’ live for the first time (set for release via Domino Recordings on June 17th). ‘Habitat’ is the electronic trio’s eagerly awaited follow up to the critically acclaimed  ‘Olympia’ which helped secure the attention of the British public.

Independent On Sunday, 2013 – “Katie Stelmanis’s emotionally tortured vibrato meshes with her band’s lush textures to often-potent effect.”

In support, Grimes-approved girl/boy electronic duo Blue Hawaii will return to London with their blizzard of erratic vocal harmonies and deep house beats. This hypnotic team represent a melancholic-jaded paradise both in sound and visuals – but a paradise nonetheless.

Completing the line-up will be Maxixe, the new project from Micachu & The Shapes drummer Marc Pell and We Have Band singer Darren Bancroft. The violently indefinable London duo released their debut album ‘Ice On The Belly’ last year with stand out track ‘One To Make You Happy’. The recording poetically introduces Bancroft’s wheezy delivery as a staunch match for Pell’s aggressive, caustic synth mastery – one to watch out for during their live set.

981Heritage has gained the reputation of bringing the newest acts in electronic music to the fore, international names that have gone on to define the “new music” of the last decade such as Gilles Peterson, Hudson Mohawke, Nathan Fake, Actress and more have all performed at the Spanish festival since its inception.

The Oval Space in the heart of Bethnal Green is a perfect backdrop for this visually aesthetic line up.