Festival Preview: Eight Top Bands To See At MIRRORS 2017

on Thursday, October 26, 2017
MIRRORS Festival (various venues across Hackney, 28 Oct '17) // Words: Saam Das

The third edition of MIRRORS lands in East London this Saturday, and we'll on hand to confirm whether autumnal music festivals are indeed all the rage. Adopting the popular formula of the bygone Camden Crawl and Communion's ever-popular Bushstock, MIRRORS will be taking over several venues in Hackney, and delivering a diverse and delicious range of acts. Headlined by the likes of Los Campesinos!, Pinegrove, Blind Pilot, we've plucked eight of the finest names on the roster for you to try to check out.

Peter Oren (15.00, Paper Dress Vintage)

The opening slot of a festival is often a testing one but we're confident that Indiana's Peter Oren will kick off MIRRORS 2017 strongly. His solemn, rich vocals should prove particularly arresting in this early appearance.

Daniel Alexander (16.30, Oslo)

Former Breton bod Daniel Alexander will be showcasing his genre-splicing efforts in another opening slot, this time in the somewhat confusingly named Oslo. His soulful experimentalism provides good reason to get down early.

Boy Azooga (17.00, Paper Dress Vintage)

Led by Cardiff's Davey Newington, otherwise known as 'Bongo Fury' while drumming as part of Charlotte Church’s Pop Dungeon, Boy Azooga looks set to bamboozle MIRRORS with their psychedelic pop.

Tom Rogerson (17.30, Oslo)

You may know Tom Rogerson from his work in Three Trapped Tigers, but he's currently following a different path. A path that brought him across Brian Eno and the two have collaborated on Rogerson's forthcoming debut 'Finding Shore' album. If Rogerson's compositions aren't quite your cup of tea, Josefin Ohrn & The Liberation's shoegazey-meets-hazy offerings at St John at Hackney (17.30) may well be a suitable alternative.

Tuvaband (18.00, Paper Dress Vintage)

It almost feels like a missed opportunity that Tuvaband aren't playing at Oslo bearing in mind that one half of the duo is from the Norwegian city. Perhaps that'd have been a bit too obvious however, and instead their thoughtful melancholy will be present at Paper Dress Vintage.

Los Campesinos! (20.00, St John at Hackney)

Certainly the most well-known and well-appreciated band on the bill from our perspective, this ensemble is sure to draw upon an ever-bulging back catalogue, with their sixth studio album dropping earlier this year. Frontman Gareth David Paisey typically accompanies the energetic renditions with acerbic between-song chat, an ideal festival combo.

whenyoung (21.00, Paper Dress Vintage)

The Limerick threesome have now relocated their grungey vibes to London, falling somewhere between Wolf Alice and the wonky pop of the sadly forgotten Thomas Tantrum. Current single 'Actor' might be out on Hate Hate Hate Records, but for us, it's more like Love Love Love.

Shame (23.00, Moth Club)

The secret/not-so-secret headliners, and one of several Dead Oceans acts playing MIRRORS, including Phoebe Bridgers and the aforementioned Tom Rogerson. Having recently headlined the Scala, Shame will unleash their punk-infused live show on an amped up, late night festival crowd. The fun continues until 1am at The Moth Club if you're hard enough. (Spoilers: we're probably not.)

Please note that the schedule is subject to change. Find more info on the festival via mirrorslondon.com.

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