5 Acts You Have To See At Citadel 2018

Posted: Thursday 5 July 2018

Setting up in West London’s Gunnersbury Park on Sunday 15th July is a festival with not only some of the hottest acts on offer, but also arts, science workshops and even a spot of yoga. Citadel has something for everyone, but with so much to do, how do you choose? Well here’s the top five acts who are heading out on tour soon, that you HAVE to see while you’re there.


Two-time Grammy nominated R&B singer, Leon Bridges lit up the world with his debut album Coming Home in 2015 and followed it up earlier this year with the phenomenal, Good Thing. With a string of sold out shows under his belt, as well as praised performances for President Obama and at Glastonbury festival, his set at Citadel will undoubtedly bring smooth and soulful vibes which will kick your Sunday night off in full swing.

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New Music Blog alumni, Shame, have had one of the busiest years to date as they continue their unprecedented rise to the top. Born out of boredom in South London, the scrappy-punk five-piece quickly gained attention for their riotous live shows and in-your-face attitude, which was all wrapped up in their dysfunctional debut album, Songs Of Praise. Following some impressive support stints with Slaves and Warpaint, they’re spending the summer smashing festivals (literally), before setting out on their biggest headline tour yet.

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Irish singer-songwriter, Dermot Kennedy is possibly the best surprise of 2018. Releasing his debut EP last year, the past few months have seen him take a quick ascent to stardom, working with Mike Dean (Travis Scott, Kanye West) on a mixtape and selling out any and all headline shows well in advance. Then again, with one listen you can see why people are snapping up tickets to see him live. With a voice that is both sharp and smooth, a love for hip hop and emotionally tinged songs that make a b-line for your feelings, he’s had everyone falling head over heels for his music. His set at Citadel is likely to be a packed one, so get down early and then grab a ticket to his UK tour while you still can.

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If for whatever reason you haven’t yet come across Honne, you need to make sure you see them at Citadel. The romantic-pop duo are the masters of creating hazy, summer-filled tunes, and judging by what they’ve dropped of forthcoming album Love Me / Love Me Not, it’s going to be one of the most appetising records released this year. Layering textured sounds with love-struck lyrics and chimes of jazz and soul, it’s the perfect soundtrack for a sun-drenched afternoon.

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Ahead of the release of their debut album, Invitation to Her’s, jangly-pop duo Her’s are set for a summer of dancing in parks at the numerous festivals they’re playing. Though from different countries, Audun Laading and Stephen Fitzpatrick came together to create weird and wonderful, 80s-influenced sounds that’ll fill your dreams with stories, as seen in recent offering, ‘Low Beam’. If you want to lose yourself in the sunshine to an array of synth melodies, then Her’s are a must-see.

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