The X&Y Festival returns another year, X&Y have a history of excellent acts like past headliners such as Dog Is Dead, Half Moon Run, and last year’s Hudson Taylor, and even having bands like this year’s Sound City headline act Catfish and The Bottlemen, Little Comets, Amber Run, and Lauren Aquilina on recent year’s.
This year, the festival has moved to Sefton Park Palm House for two weekends (9th & 10th June and 8th & 10th July) featuring headline act Frank Turner, who has been taking the world by storm this year and last. We’ve also got the likes of the strange and wonderful London based The Japanese House added to the events, who most recently in September released her second EP “Clean” which even included George Daniel & Matt Healy (of chart-topping band The 1975) in the production.
This year’s festival also includes storming punk rock band VANT, who have had their three recent singles as Radio 1’s Annie Mac’s “Hottest Record In The World” and could very well come out as the highlight of the weekends. Hertfordshire indie rock four-piece The Hunna are also on-hand, the band just this past weekend played a sold-out show at Studio 2 and are currently on-board a massive UK tour, in which X&Y will be the final date (just before the lads head off for a New York show the week later).
Dreamy five-piece alt-pop band Babeheaven will join the opening night, bringing their warm pop stylings to X&Y, they’re new on the scene but will sure to be a standard after their slot ends, they recently released their debut “Heaven” which was accompanied by the delightfully smooth “Friday Sky”.
Tropical sounds and indie pop will be provided by Theme Park, who will be playing the same night as Frank Turner, it’s a long time since Theme Park was downheartedly trashed by the likes of NME for album numero uno and they’ve came back with a bang, the track “Something Good” has gained good reviews all over the place when it arrived a year ago, and even I enjoyed their first album but hopefully they’ll have something new on hand, if so then they’re sure to please the crowd or hopefully survive until Turner arrives, I expect the former.
Noise rock act Basement will be playing the final date without an open, or anything else confirmed for that matter. The band released their third album (and return album) Promise Everything in January of this year, the band is currently on a huge tour of North America (where their second album charted at 188 back in 2012), which will be followed by an Australian tour, so no doubt the band will be in high form when they arrive in Liverpool.
Tickets for X&Y are on-sale now, and some dates are close to selling out.