Visions Festival is one of London’s best boutique day festivals, spiralled loosely across various Hackney and Hackney-adjacent venues, they take a polymath approach to artist curation, encompassing R&B, punk, techno and whatever the hell genre label you can attach to HMLTD. Here’s five acts we’re hyped about we reckon you should check out if you’re going along.

ALASKALASKA

The 6-piece London natives are ungraspably eclectic, weaving in jazz, dreampop and funk sensibilities into their indie rock baseline. Compounding killer melodies and lead singer Lucinda’s smart vocals, they’re acquiring quite the reputation as a vibrant live band.

Sorry

Whenever I feel we’ve reached saturation point with smart, earnest indie rock a new band comes along to prove the sound’s as vital as ever; London's Sorry are unequivocally that. As proficient with stoner lethargy vibes as more punkish thrash, it’s best to catch them while you can.

Rival Consoles

Another Londoner, Rival Concoles (Ryan Lee West) has quietly been making some of the most thoughtful and beautifully intricate techno on this island. With his latest album Persona being quite comfortably one of the best electronic albums of 2018 so far, I'm immensely excited to see what he can pull off live.

Sampa The Great

Born in Zambia and raised in Botswana, Sampa Tembo is honest-to-God prodigy. Entwining hip hop, R&B, and poetry into her music effortlessly and singularly, I can't determine whether her lyrics, flow, or production, are more impressive. She's not called Great for nothing.

IDLES

The best rock band in the UK right now.

Oh, and how could we forget THE VISIONS DOG SHOW