This year, Scotland’s premier music festival has moved to a new location. That location is Strathallan Castle deep in the heart of Perthshire. And after lots of court hearings, the festival will go ahead and thank goodness that it has as this year’s T in the Park is not one to be missed. This year, the festival will play host to a vast range of acts across multiple stages from The Libertines to Avicii and from The Prodigy to Paloma Faith. Here are a few acts who aren’t at the top of the bill but we think they are not to be missed.

Wolf Alice

Camden four-piece Wolf Alice have a very distinguishable sound which is very atmospheric and powerful enabling them to paint a vivid picture in your mind. Similar to The XX but with the overdrive turned up a notch or two. After releasing a series of EP’s notably in 2013 and then a year later, they have gained serious recognition. With experience on the tour circuit supporting bands like Peace, their live set will leave a lasting impression. The band’s first full length album is set for release in September 2015 entitled ‘My Love Is Cool’. They are playing on the Sunday of the festival.

Blossoms

Hailing from Stockport in Greater Manchester, Blossoms are a mosaic five piece known for their psychedelic rock tainted with classic pop-song writing. Their music also contains exquisite vocal melodies which create a perfect blend between the vocals and the instruments. The band were played as part of XFM’s “Great Expectations” for 2015 giving them a platform for more people to hear the music and having toured with another Manchester band The Inspiral Carpets, Blossoms are developing a pristine live performance which they will bring to this year’s T in the Park on the Friday.

 

Coasts

Solid harmonies and a wholesome sound are two ways to describe Coasts, a five-piece band from Bristol. If you’re a fan of Foals and Two Door Cinema Club, then Coasts are the next band to add to your record collection. Their lead single from their self-titled album (set for release in September) ‘Oceans’ echoes these influences but that doesn’t mean that Coasts aren’t worth your time. The choruses instantly stick with you and the 80s style synths add to the depth of their songs. In front of the right audience, Coasts could get the crowd singing along to every word. The five-piece will appear at T in the Park on the Friday.

 

The Hearts

Another band who were featured on XFM’s “Great Expectations” is Newport-based trio The Hearts who are making their debut appearance at T in the Park. The band’s music videos are quite unique containing bright colours and expressive imagery, which also reflects their music. Stripped down, it is basic pop music but with an indie twist. The fuzzy bassline of ‘Lips’ along with the clean sounding vocals provide a memorable hook. Track ‘Celebrate’ is where the vocals take centre-stage, they are powerful and give the music a whole new dimension. Having supported the likes of Paul Weller the three-piece will be looking to make a lasting impression at this year’s festival. They will play on the Friday.

The Strypes

Most 16-18 year olds who are into music dream of releasing an album at that age. Cavan-based rock’n’roll band The Strypes did exactly that in 2013 when they released their debut album Snapshot. The album was full of Dr Feelgood inspired bass lines and guitars reminiscent to that of The Yardbirds. These factors created a sound that wouldn’t be out of place in a British film made in the 60s. Their live performances is where the band show you what they are all about. The songs are fast-paced, gritty and full of energy; and to add to the Dr Feelgood comparison, lots of harmonica fills. The band have a second album entitled ‘Little Victories’ coming out in July and if new single ‘Get Into It’ is anything to go by The Strypes are going from strength to strength. The Strypes will play on the Saturday of T in the Park.

 

About The Author

I’m Tom, a student studying music journalism in Southampton. I host a weekly radio show on the student station and regularly contribute to the student publication magazine and website. I’m an avid indie rock and alternative rock fan, my favourite bands include The Smiths, Palma Violets, The Wytches, Stone Roses and Eagulls. Twitter: @What_Tom_Said_