Underground fest kicks off in Gloucester
A PACKED line-up of emerging musical talent helped pull in crowds of teenagers into Gloucester Guildhall as the Underground Festival got under way yesterday.
Returning for its fourth year, the weekend event showcases some of the hottest emerging musical talent - and is proving more popular than ever.
Young music fans queued outside the venue since 6.30am on Saturday, almost seven hours before the festival was due to open.
Many were waiting to catch a glimpse of Oxford singer songwriter Lewis Watson, compared by music critics to Ed Sheeran.
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Topping the bill, Lewis will have a tough act to follow. Last year’s headline act Bastille have gone on to achieve widespread success this year with a number one album.
James Wilkinson, 15, from Churchdown had no one in particular in mind to see, but was loving the experience.
“I’ve heard a lot about Lewis Watson, and there are a lot of people here to see him,” he said.
“I’ve been in the mosh pit and it is a bit hot and sweaty, but great fun.”
Ciara Oakes, 15, from Tewkesbury, was experiencing live music at the Guildhall for the first time.
“It’s a great atmosphere and there is a lot of variety in the bands that are playing,” she said.
“Tom Richardson was great, the venue isn’t too big and it helps to get you close to the music.
“I’m looking forward to seeing Mallory Knox play on Sunday.”
Performing on the main stage today are Superfood, Night Engine, Seasfire, MT, Kid Karate, Flyte and Shy Nature.
Today (Sunday) joining Mallory Knox are Marmozets, Natives, Gnarwolves, I Divide, Scholars and Arcane Roots.
Have you been at Underground? What have you thought of the bands and venue?