Dials Festival announces first wave of acts for 2019

Portsmouth’s DIALS festival has today announced its first wave of artists for 2019. The South coast new music discovery festival returns for its fourth edition on Saturday 5th October 2019 in 5 venues on one street in Southsea, Portsmouth.

Like the 2018 event, DIALS continues to focus on showcasing some of the best new music for a bargain price ticket, whilst encouraging conversation around mental health issues and raising funds for its charity partner Solent Mind.

Headlining the festival will be UK 3-piece The Blinders. “An incendiary soundtrack of garage punk and swamp blues that’s best described as Nick Cave slumming it or The Eighties Matchbox Arctic Monkeys,” was how Drowned in Sound website described the band last year. Just off the back of their biggest UK dates to date, this summer The Blinders support Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and play a number of outdoor festivals. DIALS is incredibly excited to bring them back indoors in October to play the main stage at The Wedgewood Rooms where punters will be able to see just why they’ve developed such a fierce reputation for incredible live shows.

Other artists performing at DIALS 2019 include Another Sky, who have been touted as one of the best new bands in the UK. Having already drawn comparisons with Radiohead, Sigur Ros and London Grammar this four-piece has already appeared on Later with Jools Holland whilst gaining 100s of thousands of streams on Spotify. Joining them will be the incredible Black Futures who return to Portsmouth following a tour supporting Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes earlier this year and a confirmed slot at Glastonbury to look forward to. A review in the Independent recently said of Black Futures: “Black Futures……genuinely, could do for British rock music what Daft Punk did for French EDM in the Nineties….you really need to see their live show.”

Also on the bill will be fresh faced London lads Talk Show who will bring their own brand of poetic post punk to Southsea, alternative rock band Wych Elm who have played with the likes of Black Honey and Our Girl, a brand new cosmic synth pop band from Bristol called Pocket Sun and local favourites Fake Empire who return following a well-received set in 2018.

Ensuring that the music is varied DIALS will also feature a special show from ambient audio-visual analogue-synth artist Johanna Bramli and multi-instrumentalist Sophie Nicole Ellison who goes by the name Hussy.

The thirteen acts confirmed today are The Blinders, Another Sky, Arxx, Black Futures, Fake Empire, Haze, Hussy, Johanna Bramli, LibraLibra, Pocket Sun, Saltwater Sun, Talk Show and Wych Elm.

Many more acts will be announced over the next few months.

“The mission of the Dials team is to create events to support new musical artists promoting a culture of discovery and inclusion, all in aid of Solent Mind. Dials is a festival of discovery and innovation, bringing the very best new acts to Portsmouth. We want to ensure we are inclusive of all members of the musical community, particularly working to increase the profile of those who have perhaps been historically overlooked by the festival scene: women, BME and LGBTQ+ artists alongside people with disabilities. Above all Dials will be a celebration of artistic expression and the joy that music can bring, recognising that it can be a lifeline for some. As well as raising awareness and funds for Solent Mind, Dials Festival also strives to nurture and support local artists while building a sense of community.”

Abbie Eales, festival director

DIALS early bird tickets have already sold out and the event is selling quicker than 2018. General tickets are on sale now at just £20 and are available from www.dialsfestival.com or the Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms box office.

DIALS is curated and run by Wedgewood Rooms, Breaking More Waves Blog, Strong Island Recordings Hong Kong Gardeners Club and a collection of volunteers for Dials Music.

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