Skepta, JME, Savages, Untold, HEALTH and Holly Herndon and more join the lineup
Simple Things has revealed another wave of acts including Skepta, JME, Savages, Untold, HEALTH and Holly Herndon among many more.
Excitingly, both JME and Skepta will be bringing their grime act to Bristol. Of course, we’ve had Skepta on the cover before – see that feature here – and he’s only gone from strength to strength since then.
You might know him from his ultimate summer banger, Shutdown or That’s Not Me, or maybe from his collaboration with Drake – but don’t worry, in true Boy Better know style, he’s staying very much true to his roots. Hard to argue when he’s got a mixtape hosted by Tim Westwood on the way.
JME is another uncompromising character. Despite the his latest album, Integrity>, being universally applauded (it got a 16/20 from us), the fame’s not gone to his head: recently he’s been rolling around London swapping Pokemon cards in return for the record on vinyl. What a boy.
Savages are the next thrilling addition to the lineup. Known for their electrifyingly visceral live shows that showcase their 80s punk influences, the band will be ripping up the stage with a blistering live set that’ll be littered with razor sharp guitar stabs and moody drone.
HEALTH spoke to us in May about their forthcoming and hotly awaited LP, Death Magic, and their distinct stage presence, full of pent-up aggression that’s hard to tear your eyes away from. Expect a powerful show that promises to challenge.
Electronic producer Holly Herndon prizes a self-curated portrait, the power to control how others see her. Lucky then, that we all think she’s great anyway. See her in our Aesthetic feature here and our 18/20 review of her newest release, Platform, here.
Hemlock Recordings boss Untold will be DJing at Simple Things this year. Last year we said the UK producer’s 18/20-worthy album, Black Light Spiral was all “mescaline loops and decayed rhythms, held together by the restless ghost of the UK’s illustrious rave past”, and this year he’ll be spinning the best of techno for us. Ace.
The best of the rest of new acts include The Soft Moon, Bristol’s own Vessel, and Galcher Lustwerk, Futureboogie, Pardon My French and Gramrcy on the decks.