Biannual music festival La Route Du Rock is celebrating its 25th birthday this year with an absolute cracker of a line-up. Taking place in picturesque St. Malo - a walled port city in northwestern France - the quality of the acts along with the stunningly unique location proves why this 4-day event is fast becoming a European festival in everyone's diary.

The fort/beach-located stages are going to hold big names such as Ride, Sun Kil Moon, Foals, Father John Misty, Savages, as well as some up-and-coming favourites such as Hinds, Girl Band and Only Real.

With the affordable ticket/ferry packages (£155) from the South coast of the UK, you seriously have no excuse not to pull a sicky and pack a bag next weekend.

Apart from the obvious big names on the line-up, here are some others we think you shouldn't miss:

1. Girl Band

The young and angsty four-piece noise rock band from Dublin give an incredibly high energy show full of shouty vocals and intense soundscapes. They're really worth checking out, even if you're not into heavier rock yourself (I'm pretty sure they have the ability to turn you to the dark side).


2. Only Real

Niall Galvin, aka Only Real, has been slow-burning for a couple of years now but has just released his debut album Jerk at The End of The Line. Working with producers Dan Carey (Hot Chip, Childhood) and Ben Allen (Deerhunter), Niall keeps true to his lazy, dreamy surf pop teenage bedroom-recorded demo sounds whilst bringing in shimmery guitars and '80s drum machines for his new tracks.


3. Fuzz

Fuzz is the San Fransisco hard-rock trio featuring Ty Segall on drums and vocals. A plethora of long hair, strong riffs and obliterating guitar sounds will leave you breathing heavy. Definitely a must see.


4. Spectres

Helping revive guitar music, North Devon/Bristol's Spectres major in the department of explosive sonic excess.

Having confused everyone in their hometown of Barnstaple, a move to Bristol brought them more challenges, along with allies in the form of musician/poet/producer Oliver Wilde who has produced their album, out on Sonic Cathedral records. If you are into My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth and Swervedriver, you'll dig Spectres.


5. Jimmy Whispers

Jimmy Whispers from Chicago is a tearjerker. For his album, Jimmy Whispers, born James Civero, recorded his melancholy delicacy paired with simple organ sounds on his phone. 'Summer In Pain' will leave your heart bleeding in your hands, but it is totally worth it.