We invite friends to shout about what they’re into. This month: Simple Things Festival.

Words by Ben Horton.

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To say that IDLES are having a big year would be an understatement. They’ve received plaudits from pretty much the entirety of 6 Music, with frontman Joe Talbot even sitting in for Steve Lamacq’s recommends show earlier this year. They sold out their headline show at the Village Underground in London in a matter hours, and were recently recruited to support Foo Fighters at the O2 Arena as well as The Prodigy in Madrid at the WiZink Center in October. Not bad for five guys from Bristol.

Steve Lamacq and Dave Grohl co-signs aside, their debut album Brutalism is already a contender for my record of the year and their rep as one of the most raucous and energetic live acts out there is very much deserved. IDLES have been a mainstay of Simple Things since the festival started and it’s a real privilege to have them back this year for a peak-time slot on the main stage.

Carla dal Forno

Carla Dal Forno’s Blackest Ever Black-released LP You Know What It’s Like was one of my favourite albums of last year. It’s a tricky sound to describe, pulling in threads from folk, chamber pop, and weird, broken dub atmospherics; her music is really compelling and affecting and strongly recommended for fans of Hype Williams and Tropic of Cancer. Last time she played in Bristol it was to a crowd of about 50 people crammed into the upstairs of The Surrey Vaults (shouts to Adam Reid and Cacophonous Sarcophagus) so it’ll be interesting to see how this translates to a larger venue.

Lorenzo Senni

We try to make a point of booking artists with a really distinct or singular sound, and Lorenzo Senni’s hectically high-energy brand of ‘pointillist trance’ fits this description to a tee. We were lucky enough to catch him in a tiny venue on the final night of Club To Club in Turin last year and he completely took the roof off the place. The special thing about Simple Things is that we can bring artists like Senni to a new audience and I’m certain he’ll be bringing something special. Check out his Persona EP on Warp for an idea of what to expect.

Simple Things takes place on 21st Oct at various venues around Bristol, with a warm up show the night before. 

Zone out to some Carla Dal Forno below: