It’s hard to write “Stag & Dagger festival takes place tomorrow in Shoreditch in association with Vice” without setting off alarm bells in the skulls of the oh-so-counter-counter-culture, and in fact I can already picture some kid who’s never been east of Ealing salivating over the keyboard as he prepares to type Shoreditch twat/Nathan Barley/some other outdated inverted snobbery.
However, despite all redundant scenester connotations, there’s a million reasons to be excited about this week’s S&D fests (it moves to Leeds on Friday then Glasgow on Saturday). Or at least around 75 – the approximate number of bands and DJs playing for a measly £15 plus stealth tax booking fee.
As anyone who’s survived one of Vice’s Jackalope weekenders – or indeed three hours in Old Blue Last – will attest, they know their shit. So you can forget your Camden Crawl-esque lucky dip line-up; there’s no searching for Three Trapped Tigers-type gems among the Kasabian/View/Frankmusik dross. In fact with a very few exceptions there’s not a dud on the list – and that includes the post-party DJs. The Thunderheist to Tubelord ratio is pretty favourable.
Which means a) you’re going to need to be very well prepared to catch everything you want to and b) if you don’t you can probably walk in somewhere at random and enjoy it.
Here’s a few tips for the evening (London only) and if you haven’t already buy tickets to the Stag & Dagger festival now:
If you want to try before you buy, all of these artists have been featured previously on the Daily Download: White Denim, Andrew Weatherall, Marina & The Diamonds, Thunderheist, Casiokids, We Have Band, Plugs, Alexander Robotnik. So click the links, download the MP3s and make your minds up.
If it’s raining/you’re disabled or lazy/the queues are too big and you want to camp out at one venue, head to Bar Music Hall for the NME Radio night (Dan Black, Temper Trap, Marina & The Diamonds, Animal Kingdom) or The Macbeth hosted by Pure Groove (Cursive, Duchess Says, Turbowolf, Singleton) or Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (White Denim, Speech Debelle, Casiokids).
DJ-wise stop in at Catch for the Girlcore night and end up at Electricity Showroom for Skull Juice’s set. Take Friday off.
Don’t miss Ungdomskulen. We need to get them signed and their second album a proper release.
Enjoy an ice cold refreshing Gaymers courtesy of the event’s sponsors (can I have my crate by 4pm please).
Finally, seven more tips with free MP3s. Enjoy and see you in the lion’s den…
Destroy your neck tendons to the agit-pop leanings of Dananananakroyd:
Download Dananananakroyd‘s Chrome Rainbow here
(Right click and chose ‘save as’ if necessary)
Take a blissed-out interlude to Maps (this is his latest single out last month):
Play air-vacuum cleaner to Michachu (this is their remix of Toddla T’s ‘Backchatter’):
Mosh to LA punks Mika Miko:
Download Mika Miko‘s I Got A Lot (New New New) here
Recuperate at Brooklynite Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson’s acoustic show (this is the opening track to his 2008 debut album):
Download Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson‘s Buriedfed here
Sway gently to the gospelised indie of Sheffield’s:Slow Club:
Download Slow Club‘s Let’s Fall Back In Love here
Watch ex-EMI staffers and local natives We Have Band:
Download We Have Band‘s Oh (Gentlemen Drivers Remix) here
Also on the Daily Download, free music from:
EMPIRE OF THE SUN
BAT FOR LASHES
DIE! DIE! DIE!
THE EARLY YEARS
NINE BLACK ALPS