Together The People returns to Preston Park for its sophomore year following on from a successful inception last year. Last year saw the likes of Super Furry Animals, The Levellers and Public Service Broadcasting top the bill. This year sees the festival organisers tear out all the stops though; not only do they document some of Brighton’s talent but they bring in some of the finest from around the globe. Ever thought you would catch ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ performed by Brian Wilson in your back-garden? Nope, neither did we. It seems we were very wrong though.
Brian Wilson performs Pet Sounds in full on the Saturday night. It’ll be a miraculous sprinkling of fan favourites from – wait for the cliché – one the greatest albums of all time. The only thing is, is that this time the cliché speaks truth.
Your Sunday night headliner takes form in the Britpop favourites, Suede. A smattering of albums released in the mid-90s produced some of the greatest singles of the era, the likes of ‘Animal Nitrate’ and ‘Beautiful Ones’ still resonating around sticky indie discos around the country.
Other big acts throughout the weekend emerge as shoegazing psych-heads, The Horrors who are set to make their long anticipated return to the stage, Gaz Coombes and his eccentric take on rock’n’roll and Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats. Alongside these, Brighton welcomes back Hiaitus Kaiyote, Turin Brakes and Fickle Friends. The main acts that litter the line-up present some of the most important rhythms in Western and world music right now, each act adding their own, distinct flavour to Preston Park on this weekend in early September.
Where the festival gets really interesting though is with the young Brighton talent that is supported too. Penelope Isles lead our list of those to be excited about. The group take on mammoth riffs with occasional nosedives into a serene tenderness that gives their music a fascinating edge. The juxtaposition through recent single, ‘Gnarbone,’ demonstrates a band that are at the top of their game and show little sign of faltering anytime soon. With a string of festival dates set for this summer, TTP acts as another important weapon within their artillery.
Fur are worth getting excited about too. This will be one of their curtain-calling appearances as they are set to split shortly after with each member focusing on different projects. Catch them whilst you still can, we fully recommend it. Their take on surf-infused 60s garage rhythm seems pretty fitting for the summer festival.
The Island Club sew intricate pop melodies into a tapestry of Tame Impala fuelled psychedelics. Their penchant for pop sensibility gives their music an accessible nature, something that sticks two fingers to arrogance and ignorance instead choosing for a universal breath of optimism.
Don’t forget to save energy for the seething guitars of The Rocking Horse Club though. Giving a thwack to TTP when others dare not, they boast an aggressive side to the weekend’s musicality. Don’t be scared though, they are fucking amazing.
Our final big catch of the weekend comes in the form of thoughts – always remember to keep that bloody ’t’ in lowercase though. Their sound shifts through a labyrinth of post-rock rhythms, indie guitar and psychedelic tendencies. A certain not to miss.
Words by Tom Churchill