Flying Vinyl Festival II – Oval Space, London (8th April 2017)

In an age where streaming and ease of access has become paramount when consuming music, a movement that seeks to refuel the desire to discover artists by means of physical copy, putting nostalgia to the forefront looks to be on the cusp of something very special. Flying Vinyl is a service that has been in operation for quite some time now and for many people, they are responsible for the discovery of artists such as Black Honey, The Amazons and The Big Moon who have all moved on to commercial success. Last year, Craig Evans and his fellow Flying Vinyl team debuted the Flying Vinyl Festival, a huge step for them in context of ‘The Revolution will not be Digital’ promise labelled across the board. This year London’s Oval Space hosted the return of the festival; those who say some things aren’t as good the second time round obviously failed to situate themselves in the heart of Bethnal Green on Saturday afternoon.

When the doors flew open at lunchtime, some lucky early birds were gifted with free Records that have been showcased through the Flying Vinyl Revolution, before opening band Yassassin brought their raw and energetic sound to the plate and well and truly served it to the eager crowd.  The all girl quintet from London stuck around for the rest of the day after their opening set, mingling with fans. This only added to the already bright atmosphere on a sun kissed day in London. Palm Honey, who’s debut EP was released only three months ago were next up on the bill before Willie J Healey, the man who has supported Beach Baby and Sundara Karma this year, and an act who has has already established himself as somewhat of an indie household name. His laid back, yet crooning sound brought many of the crowd to a swoon, and if you’re a fan of anything between The Maccabees and Mac Demarco, his debut album seems not too far away and is undeniably worth the anticipation.

Dropping in on the conversations of many satisfied fans, it seemed as if the sounds of three piece band Trudy & The Romance were many people’s favourite of the day in a very strong lineup pulled together by Flying Vinyl.

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One of the most eagerly anticipated bands on the bill were four-piece Anteros, fronted by the ever enigmatic Laura Hayden. They ripped through new single ‘Drunk’ with fierce swagger, and you got the feeling that Anteros are one of those bands that seem destined for huge success. With their latest EP out later this month, they are at least headed in the right direction. The same could easily be said about the next band, Dream Wife who have certainly been making waves this year with their heavy, yet pool-side pop sound. Their new single ‘Somebody Better’ combines the two soundscapes perfectly. With all the same confidence and brooding, yet endearing attitude that Anteros possess, the London-Icelandic hybrid three-piece can be quietly confident of a bright future.

As afternoon turned into evening, the sun was still beaming, TRAAMS, fresh from touring Europe with Car Seat Headrest took to the stage and delighted the crowd with their melancholic, guitar driven, hook-heavy sound. Hidden Charms also delivered heavy, 60s inspired guitar tracks, easily influenced by the likes of The Rolling Stones and The Who. Not afraid to wear their 60s influence on their sleeve, Hidden Charms look set to be the best British band able to reignite the era in the modern age.

Spring King and Flying Vinyl veterans The Wytches oversaw a chaotic, mosh-pit fuelled end to a brilliant day of music. ‘Gravedweller’ and ‘Detroit’ sent Oval Space into a frenzy that left heads spinning as fans trundled away through a confetti covered floor they knew that they had witnessed something special. Although Flying Vinyl advocates the pressing of Vinyl and discovering music in this way, the tagline of ‘The Revolution will not be Digital’ still puts huge emphasis on the live show, hence the organisation of the festival. Truly, they couldn’t have chosen two better bands to bring the day to a close.

It seems as though Flying Vinyl are constantly aiming to outdo themselves, and with next years festival already on the lips of the organisers brighter times can only be on the horizon for the revolutionary vinyl addicts.

If you wish to be supplied with 5 new and exclusive 7″ records each month, or are keen to delve deeper into the world of Flying Vinyl, you can visit their website.

Photography: Fhuad Braimoh.

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