Brixton Windmill all-dayer Bad Friday has over the years become as much an Easter tradition as hot crossed buns, chocolate bunnies and switching off the telly when Songs of Praise comes on. This year’s festival is looking like one of the best line-ups yet with eight fantastic bands performing at our favourite independent South London venue from 3pm onwards on Friday 19th April. Tickets, priced at £9, are available from Dice, We Got Tickets and Billetto and include free BBQ!
We asked Neil Walsh of promoters Sonic Tonic for his guide to the acts performing on the day – check out his playlist below:
Indian Queens hail from Hackney Wick and make music for people of the night. For those who live in a dream like state or those who use the dark to carry out their nefarious habits. Their dark, dreamy and hypnotic sounds echo Portishead and Massive Attack mixed with the modern edge and swagger of Warpaint and Radiohead.
Breathe Panel (Brighton) recall thoughtful days spent outdoors, Nick’s vocals wash across bright, shimmering guitars and intricate drum patterns to create something beautifully expansive yet highly introspective. They combine writing about topics including anxiety, colours, people, memories and the cure of nature with capturing a sound that makes them feel good. Check out our interview with band here.
Fröst (Brighton) is a Brighton-based collaboration between French-Swedish sound artist Johanna Bramli and Fujiya & Miyagi’s synth player and producer Steve Lewis. For fans of the likes of Broadcast, Silver Apples and Kraftwerk together the duo create angular and electronic music by blending Motorik and hypnotic radiophonics into neatly wrapped often bilingual pop structures.
Peach Club (Norwich) are an activist riot grrrl DIY punk rock band consisting of vocalist Katie Revell, bassist Amanda Mackinnon, guitarist Charlie Hart & Rebecca Wren on drums.
Fake Empire (Portsmouth) are a three piece post-punk band based in Portsmouth, UK. Their music has been described variously as anthemic, surging and atmospheric.
Hexmaze are Aneta, Alex, Emma, Mel and Sophie – five women brought together from the UK, Sweden, Poland and Mexico to make music that mashes together punk guitars, fuzzed out jams and harmonic chants.
At once both recalling the past and proposing the future, Videocean is an idiosyncratic hybrid that melds shoegaze and psychedelic-soul.
WAHL are a duo who consist of multi-instrumentalist Rachel Still and drummer Kayleigh Cheer, who create the band’s expansive sound entirely between themselves from their home studio in their Brixton living room.