2013 was a stellar year for the festival which is held on the Llyn Peninsula over three fantastic sites with the likes of Bastille, Magnetic Man, Rudimental, Example and many more making waves along the North Wales coast.
The trend of excellence looks like continuing if the initial line-up announced for this year is anything to go by.
Tom Odell will headline the seaside event and it shows what a long way this young man from Chichester has come since picking up the Critics’ Choice Award at the Brits – an honour also achieved by the likes of Adele, Florence and the Machine and Ellie Goulding so Odell definitely has some pedigree. Check out ‘Another Love’ below if you want a snippet of talent from this up and coming artist’s catalogue.
No stranger to the festival and touring circuit, Frank Turner joins Odell on the billing and is making a real name for himself after being one of the acts at the opening ceremony of London 2012. His career spans back much farther than that however with rock aficionados no doubt familiar with his time as the frontman for Million Dead. Turner is set to inject his punk/folk style into Wakestock and no one can argue that it’s not richly deserved. Listen to ‘I Still Believe’ below.
Filling out the premier billing comes John Newman: a soul singer who has been smashing the charts since his big breakthrough thanks to being featured as lead vocals on Rudimental’s ‘Feel the Love’ in 2012. Mainstream success has followed for the 23 year old from Yorkshire and you can check out his number 1 single ‘Love Me Again’ below which was one of the anthems of 2013.
Another swathe of acts was recently announced for Wakestock and they include local lads Catfish & the Bottlemen from Llandudno. Tireless touring and refining of their music has seen this young band’s stock rise over the last couple of years. Also added to the line-up: Duke Dumont; Shy FX; Clean Bandit; Gorgon City; B. Traits and more still to come.
For more information on Wakestock which takes place over the 11th, 12th 13th of July, check out: http://www.wakestock.co.uk as new acts are announced.
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