Bearded Theory festival started out as a “birthday party gone wrong.” Now in its 7th year, it has a new site for 2014. First timer Nyika Suttie went to see just why the festival won awards last year, and why it is so many people’s favourite.
What makes the Autonomads stand out from so many other crusty-ska-dub punk bands is the earnestness and anger. You can tell they mean what they are singing about. It's not a dream, it's their existence they are narrating. Advice on staying out of the grasp of the law, lamenting the destruction of working class communities, tales of squatting....the lyrics have a conversation-down-the-pub feel - real life reportage, tales of daily resistance, what you might call "realpolitik". That and the fact they are talented musicians with a male/female vocal dynamic.
Nine-piece funk fusion act Hackney Colliery Band return to the Band on the Wall to grace the crowd with their enigmatic blend of genres and their energetic live shows. Louder Than War's Dom Walsh reviews.