Float Along Festival: Ones To Watch
Sheffield’s legendary Leadmill venue plays host to Float Along 2022 on September 24th, with a lineup packed with up-and-coming acts to get excited about. By now everyone knows just how good Everything Everything and Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are (and if you don’t, where have you been hiding?) so here’s our rundown of the bands and artists to watch out for further down the bill.
Porij onstage at Connect 2022. Photo: Thomas Jackson
Any band that can take on a Radiohead cover and come out victorious deserves your attention. Porij recently did just that, with their stunning approach to Everything In Its Right Place soaring over festival stages throughout the summer. With wonderful new EP ‘Outlines’ to promote, Porij will no doubt arrive in Sheffield looking to impress.
WH Lung at SXSW 2022. Photo: Thomas Jackson
Having had the pleasure of seeing WH Lung twice at the 2022 edition of SXSW, I can personally promise you that you will not regret taking the time to catch them at Float Along. Seemingly unconstrained by the limits of a stage, vocalist Joe Young spent the majority of those shows in the crowd, riling up the crowd from first the floor, and then from a decidedly dodgy bar table. Health and safety’s loss was our gain. Do not miss this band.
Strawberry Guy onstage. Photo: Thomas Jackson
A million YouTube streams and a rapidly growing fanbase suggest Strawberry Guy (or Alex, to his mum) is one to watch. His unique take on contemplative dream-pop, and a genuinely heartwarming stage-manner ensures a chilled, but affecting show which always impresses.
Warmduscher, shot by Thomas Jackson
There’s nothing big or clever about Warmduscher. As a friend of mine recently described them, it’s just filthy, dirty fun. A little grungy, a little dance-y, and impossible not to love. I found my new favourite band when I first saw this lot, and you just might too.
Los Bitchos @ SXSW 2022. Shot by Thomas Jackson
And last, but certainly not Los… (sorry!) by now you really should have heard about Los Bitchos. Their unique surf-disco vibe is impossible not to dance to, and they’re guaranteed to make the sun shine, even in a dark venue in Sheffield.