After beating off tough competition, London indie quintet Hunck and electronic DJ Mowbz were recently crowned winners of Relentless Here To Be Heard. The former was handpicked by Everything Everything, the latter by Modestep and both earned the chance to play at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festival. This is how it went.
Relentless Here To Be Heard winners Hunck earned the chance to play Reading Festival’s Festival Republic Stage, kicking off Saturday’s entertainment on the stage.
Hailing from London, Hunck played a set of sultry indie, mixing influences from the likes of Blood Orange with early Mystery Jets.
“It’s pretty early, but thanks for coming to watch me,” said guitarist Thomas Wykes midway through the set. “Thanks mate,” shot back keyboardist and singer Frederik Tyson-Brown.
During the group’s 25-minute performance, they played songs including ‘Never Had A Dream’, ‘So Far So Deep’ and a short instrumental track.
“Thank you very much Reading,” said Tyson-Brown as the set came to a close. “We hope you’ve had a nice breakfast with us.”
The Here To Be Heard competition is now in its third year, and is all about showcasing the best new music and highlighting it to a bigger audience. The band category was judged by Everything Everything, who selected Hunck.
The band said of the win: “We’re here and we’ve been heard and it feels just great – thank you Everything Everything, Relentless and everyone who voted to put five Huncks on the stage at Reading Festival.”
Speaking to NME after the show, Tyson-Brown said: “Our music can be a little melancholy but that’s how we like it. It was lovely to be able to play out our set to a brand new audience at Reading. We were lucky because the only act we clashed with was breakfast – excellent scheduling.”
Meanwhile, the ‘Here To Be Heard’ search for new DJs was won by DJ Mowbz, who performed at Leeds Festival.
DJ Mowbz was chosen by Modestep, who judged this second part of the competition.
“I always like to try and keep a high energy throughout my sets, although I do also like to squeeze in a couple of anthems and classics to keep the crowd involved too,” said Mowbz. “I feel my set fit well into the Sunday night Relentless had planned!”
He elaborates, “I class myself as a Multi-Genre DJ, so I try and fit all the bass-driven genres into a set: Glitch Hop, Electro House, Dubstep, Drum & Bass etc. I like to mix at a fast pace so I can get through a lot of songs and get a chance to show the crowd a nice variety of music.”