Haven’t you heard? There’s a brand new music festival coming to Norwich, and it’s called Wild Paths, set to take place across a host of city-centre venues this October.
You’ve probably already seen their branding, in poster form or on social media, and today the first list of artists set to perform has been announced. Scroll to the end to read the full programme and details on how to get tickets, but first, here are our picks for the top six acts you won’t want to miss when October rolls around.
Cub Sport are a lush dream-pop outfit hailing from Brisbane, Australia. A self titled effort released independently, their third album dropped in January and has been described as “a loved-up record that banishes fear through a celebration identity, sexuality, and spirituality”. They’re also amazing at covering other songs, including Kanye West’s ‘Ultralight Beam’, and more recently Billie Eilish.
She’s drawn comparisons to PJ Harvey and The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan, but Annabel Allum is a talent in her own right. The Surrey native is in the midst of a busy 2019; having already opened for Sleeper on tour and playing a coveted slot at SXSW in Austin, Texas, she’s set to drop by a ton of summer bashes including Truck and Standon Calling before winding her way across to our fine city come autumn.
Next up, Leif Erikson, an indie/alternative outfit with an ethereal sound similar to The War On Drugs. Their eponymous debut album was released in 2017, but it’s the latest single ’21 Grams’ which is really worth a listen. It’s taken from ’21 Grams Of Soul’, a four track EP that quivers with delicate intricacy at every turn.
A Colors session is a stamp of approval for any artist in the field of alt-pop; this one from Rosie Lowe showcases the Londoner’s smooth vocal style and the lavish electronic instrumental it’s often paired with. Lowe is gearing up to release ‘YU’, album two, this month. If it’s anything like her 2016 debut ‘Control’, expect a lustful, symphonous blend of soul, jazz, and electronica.
If you’re looking for a rowdier way to spend an afternoon, keep an ear out for Safe To Swim, a fuzzed-up, scuzzy Brighton band with sunshine cemented in each one of their spiralling riffs. Though they’re still in the very early stages of being a band, they’ve already played shows with Anteros and The Night Café.
Finally, check out Lazy Day, a slacker-rock foursome fronted by Tilly Scantlebury. Their newest EP ‘Letters’ oozes with britpop-y goodness and woozy melodies that fire out in all directions, a lot like The Big Moon or The Magic Gang. This summer they’re playing pretty much every festival under the sun (including Latitude!) and supporting Bloc Party on tour. Phew.
Wild Paths Festival is scheduled to run from the evening of Friday 18th October until the night of Sunday 20th October, with a warm up party at Norwich Arts Centre on Thursday 17th.
The full line-up so far is as follows:
Jose Gonzalez / Jerome Thomas / Franc Moody / Ruby Rushton / Crazy P / Rosie Lowe / Etta Bond / Leif Erikson / Yazmin Lacey / Annabel Allum / Cub Sport / Virginia Wing / Jordan Mackampa / Lazy Day / Skinny Pelembe / Callum Pitt / Sarathy Korwar / Free Love / Chloe Foy / Desta French / Safe To Swim / Orchards / VC Pines / BABii
If you like what you see, tickets are on sale now! Head over here for all the details on general admission and VIP upgrade deals.