Shortlist for Lovebox NME Breakthrough bands competition announced

It up to you which unsigned band will play the Main Stage at this summer's festival

The short of NME Breakthrough bands in the running to play this year’s Lovebox Festival has been announced

The judging panel, which included Groove Armada‘s Tom Findlay, NME Editor Krissi Murison, Peter Elliot from Primary Talent International, Rob Silver from Lovebox and NME New Music Editor Jaimie Hodgson, have selected five acts from the hundreds of unsigned acts who have signed up to the new music network.

The shortlist is:


May 68 from Manchester
Matt Henshaw from the East Midlands
Visions Of Trees from London
Loose Talk Costs Lives from Leeds and London
The Heartbreaks from Manchester

The winning band will get to play the Main Stage at this year’s Lovebox festival which takes place in London‘s Victoria Park between July 16 and 18.

“Listening to the long list it made us all realise just how much brilliant new music is rising up through the NME Breakthrough ranks. Whittling them down was an incredibly tough task, especially taking into account the specifics of what a Main Stage opening slot at a festival like Lovebox entails,” explained Hodgson of the voting process so far.

Who gets to play the festival is now up to you. Head to to hear the acts’ music and cast your vote.

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