From free shows to the biggest party in DIY’s history, there’s a lot to look forward to the DIY Presents Tour 2014 in Association with PledgeMusic. New bands aplenty, first up we’ve got the fresh-faced Flyte and Shy Nature touring the country together, before it all falls back to London, for an insane amount of band-related excitement, plus loads more insane - probably ridiculous - surprises.
We’re delighted to confirm the full line-up for the London leg, with Jaws, Deers, Spring King, Bloody Knees and Palace joining the previously announced Telegram, Menace Beach and Blessa. It’s a big list to keep track of, so for anyone heading along on 1st November, here’s a guide to the line-up.
As with all dates on the tour, bands playing the London leg will be joined by a brand new artist selected from bands submitting their music at diymag.com/iwanttoplay, in association with BandWagon.
Limited early bird discount tickets for the London leg are available now via pledgemusic.com/diy for £10. Once they’re gone, the standard ticket price will be £15.
Need to Know: Everywhere JAWS go, crowds seem to get bigger, more fevered for their grungy escapism. It’s been a running trend since the DIY all-dayer headliners were plucked from a Birmingham scene and given the keys to the country. They’ve toured their hearts out, played the shows of their lives, tried every variation of kebab on the planet. And it’s led them to the release of their brilliant debut album ‘Be Slowly’.
Listen: ‘Be Slowly’
Need to know: Raised on the lo-fi scuzz of guys like Ty Segall and Black Lips, Deers add a Spanish twist to fuzzy, wide-eyed garage rock. And people are taking notice in their masses. The hype around this four-piece - initially Carlotta Cosials and Ana Perrote’s bedroom project - has been sent skywards, and despite the scrappy bliss of their early demos, it’s on stage where they come to life.
Need to know: Liverpool via Manchester gems Spring King have been DIY favourites for the past year. Beginning as Tarek Musa’s bedroom (bathroom, actually) project, it’s since expanded into a riotous, full-blown four-piece, fizzing with the kind of forthright punk scientists might refer to if they forget how to make a rocket take-off.
Listen: ‘Can I?’
Need to know: There’s a reason why Brighton bunch Bloody Knees have that name. And their latest EP - the smash-and-grab ‘Stitches’ - is penned with a certain incident in mind too. Frontman Bradley Griffiths didn’t have the best of luck when the band were out on tour with Wolf Alice. A few too many drinks and double-dares were to blame. But since this tragic gore-fest (documented by the band below), they haven’t exactly piped down. The Laundry doesn’t know the half of what’s in store.
Need to know: London newcomers Palace are worth shouting about. Their debut EP’s barely out the front door, and they’ve already picked up a support slot for Jamie T’s comeback London show, with DIY’s all-dayer next on the agenda. Fans of Grizzly Bear or Wild Beasts at their moody finest should find plenty to love.
The DIY Presents Tour in association with PledgeMusic will kick off on 22nd October in Bristol. Click here to buy tickets for the London all-dayer.