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Festival Republic gems

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Once again the Festival Republic stage was a veritable smörgåsbord of new music for me.

Bands I discovered who were awesome:

White Denim (Funky, bluesy, high tempo rock and roll. Somebody tapped me on the shoulder and asked me who they were. I was just shouted "I don't know but they fcuking rock!".)

And So I Watch You From Afar (Rock instrumentalists on speed)

Royal Bangs (Sound a bit like Minus the Bear - summery indie rock)

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not really discover as I didnt spend that much time in the smaller stages this year but 2 bands I hadnt heard much of that I really enjoyed was Death from above and Warpaint.

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I thought Dry The River were excellent. Will be looking out for them. Foster The People were good as well but it was crammed on all sides. Should have been low NME really.

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I kinda already knew of them already but Edward Sharpe and the magnetic zeroes were amazing. Really got the crowd up and going which is kinda hard for a folk band to do.

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Not really discoveries for me, but Tom Vek and Foster the People were brilliant.

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I kinda already knew of them already but Edward Sharpe and the magnetic zeroes were amazing. Really got the crowd up and going which is kinda hard for a folk band to do.

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Grouplove were great fun, real summery happy indie pop, but with a bit of weight behind it.

Dry The River had an amazingly epic sound at times, and managed to convey the quality of their recorded output very well on to the live stage. At times their set was positively euphoric.

Cloud Control were very good.

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Dry the River were wonderful, especiallyh the song they closed their set with, definitely going to have a look at them when I get the feeling in my brain back

Little Roy - Just spectacular, one of the highlights of my weekend

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Little Roy and Tom Vek were both incredible and weekend highlights

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She Keeps Bees, they drew me in and I ended up watching their set when I had planned to be over at the NME tent watching Yuck.

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Little Roy - Just spectacular, one of the highlights of my weekend

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And So I Watch You From Afar (Rock instrumentalists on speed)

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Little Roy was incredible. His version of come as you are was phenomenal

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Thought Young Legionnare were good, feel bad that they had to suffer through all the Sheeran fangirls at the end of their set.

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I wasn't really a Foster The People fan but they really hit the spot for me and I loved it. Dry the river (the 20mins I saw) were brilliant and I really want to see them again.

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Was already a fan, but Twin Atlantic were oustanding, crowd were into it so much more than I expected. Caught a bit of Fight Like Apes whilst I was waiting, they seemed pretty good.

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Not that they were a discovery, but a special mention for The Horrors, who I thought were absolutely excellent!! Moving Further Away was just perfection.

Twin Atlantic were fantastic.

I must admit, I really love the Festival Republic stage, I love how intimate it is!

But for discoveries, I saw half of Murkage on the BBC Introducing, and they were awesome, thought they were really great.

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