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17-18-19 August 2012 / De Montfort Hall & Gardens, Leicester

  • "The Grandson of Glastonbury"
    Steve Lamacq, BBC 6Music

  • "The finest weekend out that Leicester has to offer... Not to be missed"
    The Mirror

  • "One of Britain's Premier Music Events"
    Clash

  • "You can genuinely say that there is something for everybody"
    The Guardian

  • "Anyone half awake knows that Summer Sundae is hitting the musical spot better than ever"
    NME.com

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Bastille

9:15pm, Friday, The Watering Hole

Bastille

Bastille is a four piece based around musician and songwriter Dan Smith. His videos for his electro songsmithery have been getting heavy rotation on youtube. "They draw on pop culture and literature to a degree," he says. "Mainly, though, they touch on that feeling of being at the end of your teens and start of your twenties, and the worries you have as a young adult

He'd like Bastille's forthcoming debut to seem like a compilation of peak moments, of all their best songs to date. He wants to make an album where "each song is totally memorable and sonically stands out". The album will comprise, he says, personal songs that are melancholic yet euphoric.

"When pop music gets it right," he contends, "what is being said has the potential to be devastating even when the music is totally uplifting." It will, he anticipates, be an album that you can dance to and think to, with powerful vocals and mammoth hooks. Or, as one magazine so succinctly put it, "Bastille seem to have mastered the craft of perfect pop music."