Preview Riffs and rides: Wolf Alice, Wild Beasts and more take on By The Sea 2016

The two-day event is hosted by Margate theme park, Dreamland.

We may well have long said goodbye to joyous weekends spent sleeping in a tent for yet another year, but luckily, By The Sea is back, ready and waiting, giving us a fantastic excuse to spend a weekend at the seaside in Margate, watching some top notch musical acts. Sounds great, right?

Forget about the fact that summer will officially be over and throw yourself into a weekend full of great music, thrilling rides – it all takes place at Dreamland – including a chance to hit the dodgems, while Jarvis Cocker spins some tunes. If you’re not already jumping for joy, then the acts on our ‘must see’ list definitely will.

Wolf Alice

The release of ‘My Love Is Cool’ and the gigantic tour that came with it has seen Wolf Alice rise to new heights of greatness, taking to Glastonbury’s iconic Pyramid stage and even having film director Michael Winterbottom (the guy who gave us ‘24 Hour Party People’) follow them around on tour for new film, ‘On The Road’.

The fact that they’ve achieved so much with just one album under their belt speaks volumes, they’ve told us that they’ll be back next year with some new music, but until then be sure not to miss them at By The Sea, a show which will mark the official end to the extensive touring of ‘My Love Is Cool’.

Wild Beasts

Where most bands would stick with what they know their fans to love when it comes to their fifth album, ‘Boy King’ saw this four piece take a confident stride into a bigger, bolder and much more electronic sound.

It was certainly a risk, but one that’s definitely paid off, the past four albums saw them embark upon a musical journey and this electro-pop, sexual, coming of age sound is their destination. They’ve arrived, they’ve got a massive sound to share with us and they’re here to have a whole lot of fun while doing it.


Nottingham trio Kagoule are masters of grunge-infused alt-rock, with mind-blowing riffs, ardent vocals and a whole load of attitude that will have you gripped within seconds.

Last year saw the release of their debut album ‘Urth’ and recently we’ve been treated to ‘Magnified’, a chaotic new track that will definitely do the trick in getting people excited for their upcoming string of live dates.

Their slot at By The Sea is bang in the middle of them all, following their appearances with The Magic Gang and preceding those with Spring King.

Slow Club

This year saw the release of Slow Club’s fifth album, ‘One Day All This Won’t Matter Anymore’, recorded in an impressively short eight days. They’re masters at finding the perfect balance between emotional depth, humour and pure loveliness both on record and in their live performances.

Girl Ray

Girl Ray are the kind of girls that you want to hang out and eat pizza with - and what’s better, they’d probably be totally up for that.

Single ‘I’ll Make This Fun’ is full of potential, giving us an insight into the lives of the North London trio and simultaneously treating us sonically. Since the tracks release they’ve been pretty consistently playing live and with a few sold out dates under their belt, they’re more than ready to wow the crowds of Margate.

Photo: Carolina Faruolo

Tags: Kagoule, Wild Beasts, Wolf Alice, Festivals, Features

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