Festival season is in full swing and some of the hottest new music acts and best kept secrets gathered in Shepherds Bush in London for the annual Bushstock festival. Spanning across six stages, Bushstock festival takes over the neighbourhood of West London and fills it with amazing music.
Playing the only open air stage at The Courtyard was London locals new indie sensation Stereo Honey. ’Bushstock, this is as close as to playing my own back garden, so thanks for having us!’ announced lead singer Pete Restrick. The four piece played a gorgeous set in the sunshine giving their hits like ‘What Makes A Man’ and ‘When No One Knows Your Name’ the live treatment.
Across from the green Only The Poets were tearing up the stage at Defectors Weld. The indie band from Reading played to a packed out pub. It got hot and sweaty quite quickly as there was a lot of dancing going on and Only The Poets treating the fans to some new tracks like the London anthem ‘Stolen Bikes‘ let the heat rise and even more. The set flew by and way too soon it was time for the lads to wrap it up. The quartet finished with their single ‘Dead Young‘ and fans and band alike sung their hearts out like there was no tomorrow.
After that it was time to calm down a bit and chill out and thankfully Freya Ridings Provider the perfect soundtrack for some peace and quiet over at St Stephens Church. Flooding the church with her gorgeous piano infused pop, Freya won over hearts in seconds. Dedicating her song ‘Meaning The World To Me’ to her Mum, made this performance extra special. The atmosphere is the church reached a magical sensation as the singer songwriter played the piano like her life depended on it gracing the Bushstock crowd to beautiful songs like ‘Black Up’ and some new material like ‘Threw It All Away’.
Back to the Defectors Weld for some more sweet indie rock with the amazing Sea Girls. Even before the band took to stage the place was rammed as the fans were eagerly waiting for their Sea Girls to hit the stage. Right from the start the band filled the room with an intoxicating energy as they rolled through their set. During their performance of ‘Adored’ from the same titled EP lead singer Henry Camamile took the plunge and jumped into the crowd before making a beeline to the bar and finishing the song from on top of the bar. Giving their all throughout the entire set Sea Girls made sure that each and every person in the room was moving as they wrapped up their set with their hit ‘Call Me Out’.
Headlining the festival over at St Stephens Church was Norwegians favourite moonchild AURORA. Bringing her Queendom to Bushstock Festival, AURORA had her crowd in the palm of her hand. The church setting was the perfect backdrop for the singer’s magical performance as AURORA was dancing around on stage freely like a fairy.
The church was entirely packed, with fans squeezing in trying to get a glimpse of AURORA. ‘This is my first time headlining a festival in the UK, thank you all for coming Bushstock ‘ the songstress addressed the massive crowd excitedly. Taking over the church with her unique mystical pop music AURORA delivered an astounding performance as she sung ‘Warrior’ with such intensity.
Never one to deny her fans a wish AURORA happily accepted the song request by a fan mid set, who wanted to hear ‘Through The Eyes Of A Child’ and without hesitation AURORA went on to fulfil the fans wish. Handling the whole headline slot like an absolute pro whilst casually taking of her shoes because of the heat, AURORA charmed Bushstock festival in her very own weird and wonderful way. Finishing her festival set on an absolute high AURORA unleashed her inner animal and suddenly the entire place was running with the wolves into the warm summer night.
Once again Bushstock has been an absolute dream of amazing music discoveries and general all around festival happiness. See you again next year Bushstock!