Simple Things Festival announce massive 2018 line-up

Helena Hauff © Vitali Gelwich
© Vitali Gelwich

The multi-venue event returns to Bristol for a one-day takeover on 20 October.

This year, Simple Things will be switching up its format with a Day and Night programme which are ticketed separately. The expansive line-ups across both showcase the breadth of music we champion here at Crack Magazine.

The daytime line-up will focus on live acts, with shoegaze pioneers Slowdive topping the bill. Melbourne indie outfit Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever joins the event, along with viral internet sensation Jimothy Lacoste, ascendant jazz-funk duo Kamaal Williams, lo-fi experimentalist Tirzah, and the live analogue sounds from psych explorers James Holden & the Animal Spirits.

Taking to Lakota and the Coroners Court for the Night programme, a roster of some of the most exciting DJs and acts currently in operation will be on board to shift the day’s line-up to a more nocturnal mood. Revered Hamburg producer and DJ Helena Hauff – who also topped our 2017 DJs list – will be bringing her gothic blend of uncompromising electro, EBM and techno to the decks, and suitably, Detroit electro mainstay DJ Stingray will join her in the same space. Nic Tasker’s Whities label and Bristol imprint Wisdom Teeth will both be hosting a showcase on the night, and a live set will be helmed by the techno-not-techno duo Giant Swan.

The sharp edge of the dance music underground will be represented by the likes of Minor Science, Coby Sey, Deena Abdelwahed and Eris Drew.

Tickets go on sale at 9am (BST) on 27 July. Head to the Simple Things website for more information, and prep yourself for the event by listening to Crack Mix 200 with Helena Hauff.