Here’s a list of my favourite musical discoveries and sets – consisting of bands, artists and DJs of lots of different genres – that I saw during festival season this summer! Those festivals included BoomTown Fair, South West Four and Bestival.
1. DJ Shadow
DJ Shadow was a completely new musical discovery for me – I’d never heard of him before Bestival, and only gave him a listen a week or so before going when someone I know recommended him to me. On first listen I was a bit unsure – it seemed kind of too hip-hop for me, as that’s a new genre for me and was even newer at the time of listening (as I’ll talk about in the next artist in this list), but I gave it a fair chance. Then I tried a different song – and was plunged even further into confusion as this song felt like a completely different genre than the one before, and I started to get into it. And then I listened to his album Entroducing all the way through and really started to enjoy it. He was on our mental list of acts to see at Bestival, not really somebody we were dying to see, but someone we thought we’d enjoy. And while wandering around looking for some music, me and another person fell upon his set and I was blown away. You know you get those live musical experiences – the ones that make you think “music is amazing”, and you’re so happy to be in the right place at the right time, and don’t want the set to end? That was DJ Shadow. He absolutely killed it, and I just wish I could relive it again. Safe to say I’m a fan now, hah!