This Feeling By The Sea is shaping up to be one of the most exciting new festivals of the summer when it debuts at Bridlington Spa’s stunning 3800 capacity Art Deco Royal Hall on August 18th-19th.
The rock ‘n’ roll tastemakers have put together an enviable line-up led by bands at the peak of their game: The Lathums, who recently followed their second #1 album with a standout Glastonbury performance; another recent UK album chart-topping band in the shape of Lottery Winners, who just completed a triumphant set at Kendal Calling; plus Red Rum Club and The K’s, who recently graduated to the main stage at Y Not?. And with a line-up paced with essential new bands, the question is – which of them will follow The Lathums and Lottery Winners to the top of the charts?
Now the line-up is boosted as This Feeling announces the winners of their competition to give two new artists the opportunity to open the festival. Judged by the This Feeling team together with new music champions and festival DJs Jericho Keys (BBC Introducing) and John Kennedy (Radio X), the winners are:
about-faces: Leeds quintet about-faces have already ignited a buzz in their home city, having sold-out a headline show in Oporto in just four days. Remarkably they only released their debut single ‘Under The Sun’ a month ago, a song which finds them contorting emotional indie-rock, alt-rock and anthemic echoes of U2 in their own utterly engaging fashion. Frontman Sennen Ludman already possesses a magnetic rock star charisma, while his lead vocals are supported by beautiful harmonies from keyboardist Danielle Capstick. The band is completed by Cormac Connolly (lead guitar), Nigel Ngwenya (bass) and Joseph Schofield (drums).
Jericho Keys says, “‘Under The Sun’ sounds like a tune that was specifically written to open a summer festival on the coast. It’s full of poignant lyrics and evocative melodies that will have any punter that’s ever been heartbroken dancing through the tears to optimism.”
Ruby J: Just 18-years-old, Midlander Ruby J possesses a remarkable voice that has inspired comparisons to Amy Winehouse and Macy Gray, as heard on her early standout tracks ‘Try’, ‘The Game’ and ‘Should Be Me’. While soul, blues and jazz are her core reference points, she plays those genres with a rock band’s intensity – a hybrid which reflects her varied influences, which range from Billie Holiday and Tash Sultana to Arctic Monkeys and Paolo Nutini. Ruby J has already played shows with The Lathums and Jamie Webster as well as festivals such as the Isle of Wight, Black Deer and Y Not?.
John Kennedy states, “Ruby J is an outstanding talent who will be a brilliant addition to an already incredible line up.”
By The Sea represents a landmark moment and a celebration of everything that This Feeling founder and figurehead Mikey Jonns has achieved with the rising rock ‘n’ roll platform. Every artist on the bill has in some way benefited from This Feeling’s support – from being booked for early shows or big festivals, being highlighted on the annual ‘Big In…’ vinyl collection, or being signed to This Feeling Records.
He adds, “All the acts have played This Feeling gigs in grassroots venues as well as most of our stages at major festivals including the Isle of Wight, Truck, Y Not? and The Great Escape. Two bands on the line-up have had #1 albums and there’ll be many more, no doubt. It’s a dream come true to bring a line-up of bands we love and have supported from the off to Bridlington Spa for our very own festival By The Sea!”
Limited tickets for This Feeling By The Sea remain available HERE. They are priced at £50 for the weekend, £25 for Friday tickets, or £30 for Saturday tickets.