Ben Wallers of Country Teasers performs under his solo moniker The Rebel, which relays a satirical spin on the political narrative that many artists follow, by acting as the perpetrators – marking them as a mockery. Joining him are International Teachers Of Pop who, like a skilled academic, can never be accused of lacking enthusiasm in their craft. Infectious pop tracks accompany bedroom-esque dance routines to create a wonderous maximalist soundscape from former members of The Eccentronic Research Council and The Moonlandingz. He then resurfaced with the critically acclaimed solo album ‘Inji’ in 2015, under the LA Priest moniker before repeating his vanishing trick. Hosted at St Philip’s Church on March 28th, it coaxes LA Priest out of hibernation as they reappear after a five-year-long hiatus to headline this fresh-faced festival. Alex Pearson
Later this month Fair Play Festival in Manchester is primed to be the hub of discovery as an eclectic group of artists, spanning across multiple genres. Las Kellies who are part of the loose-knit DIY scene in Argentina and went on to become a global success and they’ll debut their new album ‘Suck This Tangerine’ the day before the festival. Tickets are on sale now, and available here. 2020 sees his return, with new album ‘GENE’, that acquires its name and the focal point from the analog drum machine Sam hand-built and used to make the record. These new additions join a stellar cast of previously announced names including Northern stalwarts PINS, who return to the game in 2020 with their first LP since 2015’s ‘Wild Nights’ and the 2017 follow up EP ‘Bad Thing’. For more information visit www.facebook.com/fairplayfest/ Completing the unique lineup are the electronic duo YANG who recently released their debut EP ‘Patrice’ which was mastered by Jesse F Keeler of Death From Above 1979 and MSTRKRFT. Formerly operating under the name Sam Dust, he gained tremendous attention as the frontman of Late Of The Pier before vanishing into the shadows in 2010. Dysfunctional yet captivatingly functional, experimental noise takes no finer form than DIY collective POSA who supported the likes of Goat Girl, Hey Collosus and Black Country, New Road in 2019.