In Live Music We Trust: A BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend preview
Five acts we recommend at the Hackney Weekend
Random Impulse - Saturday, BBC Introducing
Random Impulse floats through some strange circles, the grime MC has earned kudos from luminaries as far and wide as Lupe Fiasco, Ed Sheeran and Jack White. Jovel Walker is the one man music machine, with guitar and beats, he's set numerous musical rings on fire and proved the gap between punk and grime is easier than everyone thought to bridge.
With the fire of the fight in his belly the 22-year-old broke records by selling an astronomical 10,000 units of his independently released debut EP in the space of just six months. He's found critical plaudits in the strangest of places, from MTV to Huffington Post, the love just won't stop for the wonder kid Walker.
Savages – Sunday, BBC Introducing Stage
Brighton’s Savages are garnering huge praise from all corners right now, and all with just one song, ‘Husbands’ available to listen to online. Intense and visceral, the all-female quartet take the best of early-80’s post-punk/new wave and cut it with darker, more gothic influences.
Live, they’re compelling, quirky and quite simply ferocious. It’s quite possible that they’ll blow everything else on the Introducing Stage away without even trying.
Jessie Ware - Saturday, BBC Introducing Stage
The new sub-cool pop songstress with one foot in eighties era electronica has made her name first with SBTRKT and then his vocal arm, Sampha, before becoming infamous for her own song writing and that obscure line; 'carving my initials on your forehead'. Her debut 'Devotion' will be unveiled in August and having her Hackney Weekend slot announced just last weekend by Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac on Radio One, it's the best time to see a performer moving up a gear. Her latest single 'Wildest Moments' is one more example of a singer maturing into a sound of great depth and emotion.
Madeon – Sunday, Dance Arena
Stupidly young electropop sensation Madeon, aka Hugo Pierre Leclercq, came to prominence with his remix of Pendulum’s ‘The Island’ and his own ‘Pop Culture’ mash-up, which spread like wildfire once he uploaded it to Youtube this time last year, and he’s been supported from the off by Radio 1’s dance guru Pete Tong.
Scoring a sizable hit with his soaring debut single ‘Icarus’ a couple of months ago, there’s more where that came from, and it’s just as infectious. For anyone missing Daft Punk, you know where to go on Sunday.
Special Guests – Sunday, Main Stage
The big intrigue left for the Hackney Weekend. Who do Radio 1 have lined up as their big surprise guests? Last year saw Arctic Monkeys saunter on unannounced to premiere ‘Suck It And See’, so the bar is set high anyway, but given the superstars on show elsewhere it’s time to think big.
You’d guess at Coldplay, as they could come on and do ‘Princess Of China’ with headliner Rihanna... wait there’s a day off in their touring schedule! Oh, it’s between dates in Texas. Our other big brainwave was One Direction (scream!), but they too will be in the US.
Guesses we’ve kicked around include Muse, Justin Bieber, Kanye West and Cheryl Cole, but it looks like we’ll all just have to wait for the big reveal.
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