12 acts you have to see at Jabberwocky

Here are the bands to catch at London's hippest new music festival

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    1. I Break Horses

    Friday, 4.45pm, Stage 1

    Kick off your weekend with the cool Swedish duo with a call-the-RSPCA name. Their spacy electronic songs stand comparison to M83 and have also soundtracked ‘Made in Chelsea’ – eyes peeled for Caggie and Spencer having a deep-and-meaningful by the sound desk.

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    2. Mutual Benefit

    Friday, 5pm, Stage 2

    By the look of his press shots, Jordan Lee does a lot of standing in fields looking pensive while wearing a beanie hat. The rest of the time he’s making beautifully crafted experimental folk which can reduce even the most cynical Pitchfork reader to tears.

  • 3. Forest Swords

    Friday, 7.30pm, Stage 2

    Ninjas are tricky musical ground: for every album as cool as GZA’s ‘Liquid Swords’, there’s a horrible viral video like ‘The Ninja Song’. Liverpudlian producer Matthew Barnes gets it right, painstakingly creating a spooky, ambient hip hop world you can get thoroughly lost in.

    Read our Forest Swords 'Engravings' album review

  • 4. Thee Oh Sees

    Friday, 8.45pm, Stage 2

    John Dwyer and his Californian crew have been thrilling psych-heads for years. Ridiculously prolific and an absolute riot live, they should pack all their usual raucous cosmic energy here despite the fact they’re playing in a conference centre.

    Read our Tee Oh Sees 'Drop' album review

  • 5. Deafheaven

    Friday, 10pm, Stage 2

    ‘Sunbather’, the 2013 album by this Frisco band, had the trendier end of the music world in paroxysms. Their unique, screeching mixture of black metal, shoegaze and post-rock should be overwhelming at this rare London show.

  • 6. James Blake

    Friday, 10pm, Stage 1

    The golden boy from Goldsmiths has had a great year: he won the Mercury Prize, moved to LA and found a ‘swaggy’ new apartment with eccentric Chicago MC Chance The Rapper (who must be one of the world’s best flatmates). Now he’s back in The Smoke to croon his sad, sad songs as Jabberwocky’s Friday headliner. Props, JB.

    Read our James Blake interview

  • 7. Hookworms

    Sunday, 2.15pm, Stage 2

    Straight outta suburban Leeds and proudly DIY, Hookworms broke early last year with their sublime, noisy, fuzzed-up and blissed-out ‘Pearl Mystic’ album. They’re an unmissable highlight early on day two of Jabberwocky.

  • 8. Kurt Vile And The Violators

    Sunday, 6.45pm, Stage 1

    Who needs a stage name when your real one is as cool as Kurt Vile’s? Long-haired and laidback, Vile spins out extended jams with intricate guitar lines and lyrics and lazy-sounding vocals. It’s mesmerising, trancelike stuff.

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    9. Metz

    Saturday, 7.45pm, Stage 3

    Now for a rude awakening. Power trios don’t come much more powerful than Metz, a Canadian three-piece signed to the legendary Sub Pop label. They channel some of their imprint’s past glories at the visceral end of US alt rock, including Mudhoney and early Nirvana, and their live shows tend to involve sweat, violence and extreme fun.

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    10. Caribou

    Saturday, 8.15pm, Stage 1

    In a music scene crowded with cervine acts (Deerhoof, Deerhunter etc), Dan Snaith stands head and antlers above the rest. His Caribou project’s forthcoming ‘Our Love’ record is one of the most anticipated LPs of the year, and you can get a preview here at what should be a typically incredible full-band live set.

  • 11. Cloud Nothings

    Sunday, 9pm, Stage 3

    Packing all the angst and energy of your Blink-182s without the cringe factor, Dylan Baldi’s lo-fi pop-punks bust out some serious riffage. Do some lunges and get ready to mosh like you’re 17 again.

    Read our Cloud Nothings 'Here and Nowhere Else' album review

  • 12. Neutral Milk Hotel

    Saturday, 9.45pm, Stage 1

    To close the festival, make way for some bona fide indie legends. The line-up that made the mind-bogglingly influential 1998 album ‘In the Aeroplane Over the Sea’ are back to perform their brass-assisted alt rock anthems. You’ll be callooh-callaying all the way home.

© Märta Thisner

1. I Break Horses

Friday, 4.45pm, Stage 1

Kick off your weekend with the cool Swedish duo with a call-the-RSPCA name. Their spacy electronic songs stand comparison to M83 and have also soundtracked ‘Made in Chelsea’ – eyes peeled for Caggie and Spencer having a deep-and-meaningful by the sound desk.




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