6th December | Louisiana
Only a fool would claim that the label Dirty Hit don’t have a finely-tuned radar for which bands are taking off. When you consider that King Nun and Pale Waves were on their tour two years ago, you have to recognise their judicious ear as one of those labels of the 2010s who could be rightly regarded as taste-makers. And they have Wolf Alice on their roster of artists. And the 1975.
No Rome and Oscar Lang gave us heavier pop leanings, one cooler, one quirkier, both eminently likeable, before our headliner took to the stage. Beebadoobee may have a name that evokes free-form jazz, particularly that of Baloo from The Jungle Book, but the influence of 1990s indie has bent so many ears her way recently. You could hear a heavy jangle, elements of The Breeders’ Kim Deal, Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval and Harriet Wheeler of The Sundays. Ask anyone who’s going to be big in 2020, and they’ll definitely include her vowel-heavy name. Rarely does the near future sound so beautifully nostalgic.
See the video for Beebadoobee’s ‘She Plays Bass’ here: