There can be few doubts that Simple Things is amongst the most forward thinking festivals in the country. This year the bill is eclectic as ever, spanning genres, styles and ideologies. We’ve picked out just a few acts we’re most excited to see this year.
John Maus is a perfect example of the power Simple Things have in terms of booking. He’s an artist who rarely plays solo live shows let alone on this side of the pond. Maus pushes the boundaries of what pop can achieve and what it even is. He creates medieval and quirky soundscapes yet still manages create something vibrant and unlike anything else.
‘Modern Kosmology’ represented an ambitious and striking return for Jane Weaver earlier in the year. This isn’t exactly an easy task after over two decades in the business. It will be all to exciting to hear how big hitters off the new record go down in the live environment. For instance the cosmic and eighties sounding ‘Slow Motion’ feels truly primed for any dancefloor.
Bristol’s very own Idles have understandably become something of a staple on this festival lineup. Although they’ve always been offered admirable and thoroughly deserved slots, you can’t help think that the success of their debut album ‘Brutalism’ will tee them up for the biggest homecoming to date. This is going to be something of a heroes return.
Alex G just gets better with every album. ‘Rocket’ definitely stands as one of our favourite records so far in 2017. It’s fragile and packed with the usual all the usual quirks we’ve come to expect. He’s another individual who hasn’t played the city in quite a few years now so this show is definitely one worth catching.
Bristol is already very nicely acquainted with TRAAMS. Whether it was Start The Bus or more recently Fiddlers Club, they always pack out a space here. Their last full-length ‘Modern Dancing’ was a mixture of light and shade, their sound manages to be hectic and noisy one minute yet expansive and meandering the next.