Last year there were acts like Christine and the Queens, Concrete knives, Melody' s Echo Chamber, We Were Evergreen and Tomorrow's World. They've all gone on to critical and in some cases massive commercial acclaim since, so many of the acts this year may very well do the same.
The festival truly showcases some of the best new talent, and it's great to see so many French acts on the bill.
As Animals play at the Spiegeltent on May 9 at 8.30pm, and at the Prince Albert on Saturday 10 at 1.30pm.
As Animals released their debut album earlier this year. More on the band on their website http://www.asanimals.com/
BRNS play at Sticky Mike's Frog Bar on Saturday May 10 at 4.30pm and at the Queen's Hotel the same day at 10.30pm.
The band relased a new single Void/My head is into you for Record Store day in France and played a few dates in the UK supporting Etches Catch up with them on Facebook
Cats on Trees
Cats on Trees play the Festival Hub on Saturday May 10 at 2.30pm and later that day at Above Audio at 7.45
I've featured this duo extensively on the blog, and a high-profile introduction to a British audience should do them well. Their website is here http://catsontrees.com/
Francois and the Atlas Mountains
Francois and the Atlas Mountains play at the Speigeltent on Friday May 9 at 10.15pm
Indie rock masters and strong contenders for the album of the year (well, on this blog anyway) play beneath the big tent. Keep up with the latest dispaches from the Francois and friends on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/francoisandtheatlasmountains
Le Vasco play at Brighthelm on Thursday at 12.30am, Believe Presents showcase on Friday at 4.15pm and at the Queens Hotel the same day at 7.45pm
No strangers to this blog, hopefully Le Vasco will get some of the recognition they deserve from the UK. The latest from Le Vasco here https://www.facebook.com/levascomusic
They play at Sticky Mike's Frog Bar on Thursday at 9.30pm and on Friday at Brighthelm at 1pm
The mighty Moodoid are another highlight of the event, their debut album much anticipated here.
Orval Carlos Sibelius
Orval Carlos Sibelius play at the Spiegeltent on Thursday at 1.15
Their most recent is set to get a UK release shortly. More about the band here https://www.facebook.com/orvalcarlossibelius
Others on the bill worth catching include Persian Rabbit, at the Hope on Friday at 12pm and at the Bermuda Triangle on Saturday at 8.30pm.
Tristesse Contemporaire play at the Bermuda Triangle on Saturday at 1.15 and at the Blind Tiger at 12.45am
Meanwhile, the mighty We Were Evergreen play on Friday at the Speigeltent at 11.30pm.