One-day and boutique festivals are becoming more and more popular, and one of the best London has to offer is Visions. Taking place across some of Hackney's coolest venues - including Institute Of Light, Night Tales, and Oval Space - the focus is on great activities (punk rock karaoke!), even better beer and food, and the absolute best live music. Here's the acts I'm most psyched about:

Blanck Mass

The solo project of Fuck Buttons founder Benjamin John Power, Blanck Mass channels his old group's proclivity for abrasive electronic music that can't resist perverse melodies. Intensely atmospheric and cavernous in the depths of its sound, Power's performance is set to be one of the most visceral experiences of the festival. Read the full 405 review of Blanck Mass's most recent album here.

Jenny Hval

I'd describe the Norwegian prodigy Jenny Hval as a cult favourite - last year's Blood Bitch is a concept album about vampires, menstruation, and more gothic imagery than you can shake a Dickens novel at - but everyone I know who's heard her adores her. A 100% hit rate isn't very cultish. Her style transcends labels, though extricate fragments of euro pop, heavy metal, and the weirdest of folk textures; and live she's simply astonishing. Read the full 405 review of Jenny Hval's most recent album here.


Few bands have grown and changed as impressively as Liars, considering the lucidity of their sound and sophistication of their songwriting hasn't diminished a bit. They've shapeshifted from conventional rock to hard punk to post rock to electronic to art pop; and witnessing the collision of such divergent, exhilarating ideas in one show is something you cannot miss. Read the full 405 review of Liars' most recent album here.

Sacred Paws

Fresh from winning Scottish Album Of The Year, the Glasgow-based duo of Rachel Aggs and Eilidh Rodgers are purveyors of some of the sharpest - yet most playful - DIY pop music around. If you're into oldschool pop with teaspoons of post-punk - Fleetwood Mac, The B52s or Blondie for instance - then these guys will be right up your street.


The enigmatic SOPHIE, or Samuel Long to use his human name, makes colourfully dynamic dance music, normally featuring hyperactive synthesisers and animated vocals. With production credits including Charli XCX, and most recently on Vince Staples' Big Fish Theory, he's got pedigree; but more importantly, his tunes have a ruthlessly astute sense of fun.

Also.... A Twin Peaks-Themed Dog Show!!!

Not a band, but... come on. I'm all here for spaniels dressed in suits competing earnestly for Waggiest Tail. I'll see you there.

Check out the rest of line-up - including Kero Kero Bonito, The Men, Frankie Cosmos, Zebra Katz and a lot more - here. Visions Festival takes place Saturday 5th August, and tickets are available here.