Posts tagged The Joy Formidable
[Y Not Festival] Our Most Anticipated Artists of the Festival

We've mentioned Y Not Festival a few times in the past few months and this weekend hoards of people will gather in Pikehall, Derbyshire to see some fantastic live music. We'll be making the trip over to enjoy the weekend in the sun (hopefully) and before we do that we thought we'd include some information on the bands we're most look forward to seeing over the weekend. 

Make the jump to get the low-down. The festival is now sold-out so if you slept on it, I'm afraid you've missed otu this year. Be sure to find the guys on Facebook to keep up with next year's plans. 

Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip

When: Friday

Where: Quarry Stage

Why? Quick wit, great beats and a return from the duo after their last release back in 2007. Excited yet? You should be. Try and keep up as Scroob lays verse after verse down making you both think and dance all at the same time. A deadly combination.

The Cribs

When: Saturday

Where: The Big Gin Stage

Why? The Wakefield band of brothers have come a long way over the past decade and their live shows are raw as freshly chopped onions. With their latest album released just last year after the departure of Johnny Marr from the ranks, they've gone back to basics and I'm sure the performance will be a highlight of the weekend for many.

Willy Moon

When: Friday

Where: The Big Gin Stage

Why? When you first see Willy Moon you might not expect him to be a mover and a shaker, given his clean cut hair and dapper suits. Don't let that fool you. His live performances pack a punch and after releasing his brilliant album, Here's Willy Moon, he's sure to leave the main stage crowd impressed.


The Horrors

When: Friday

Where: The Big Gin Stage

Why? If Dan Le Sac and Scroob ain't quite your thing on Friday evening, then how about you head over to the Big Gin stage to witness The Horrors perform tracks from their absolutely stunning LP, Skying. On point and it could be argued, better live than on record. You be the judges.

Family Rain

When: Sunday

Where: Quarry Stage

Why? Another band of Brothers for you to check out on one of the smaller stages. The Family Rain recorded in their families basement and the results on record are wonderful. Gritty and blues tinged, perfect for a Sunday afternoon in the sun.

Wet Nuns

When: Sunday

Where: The Giant Squid Stage

Why? A two piece band that will melt your face and make you want to kiss the person next to you all at the same time? Wet Nuns are for you with Kyuss like riffs and stoner vibes. Make sure you catch these guys and shake off your Sunday cobwebs.

China Rats

When: Sunday

Where: The Big Gin Stage

Why? We've mentioned China Rats a few times on SKOA and they're definitely a band to keep a close eye on over the coming months and festival season. Catch them now before they start playing larger crowds and bigger tents. It could be an "I was there" moment for the years to come.

The Joy Formidable

When: Sunday

Where: The Big Gin Stage

Why? A band with fans such as Mark Hoppus and Dave Grohl have got to be high on your "to-see" list for Sunday surely? These guys are sure to start your Sunday evening with a bang before the big guns take to headlining. 

[News] Y Not Festival Lineup

You know what I enjoy even more than the UK's biggest festivals? The smaller ones. Last year I ventured back into my home county of Derbyshire to hit up Y Not festival, a homegrown, grass roots built from the ground up festival. Boy did I have a good time. The likes of The Wombats, We Are Scientists, Pulled Apart By Horses, Roots Manuva, Little Comets and a host more across numerous stages graced the fields. This year promises to be even bigger, and with the winning the best small festival award last year, they're going to want to keep the good graces coming their way. With real ale and cider on offer too, family and friends a like are sure to have a good time along with tasting some great local produce.

This summer, over the weekend of August 2nd-4th, the normally peaceful countryside will play host to a melting pot of talent old and new. Headlining the Big Gin Stage will be The Horrors, The Cribs and The Darkness along with Ash, The Joy Formidable, Sky Larkin, Swim Deep, Drenge, Willy Moon. Gracing The Quarry Stage will be The 1975, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Electric Six, Stealing Sheep, The Family Rain and Sons and Lovers. Thing stake a heavier turn on The Giant Squid Stage with Wet Nuns, We Are The Ocean, Sharks, Arcane Roots, Gnarwolves and The Computers playing their music to the tent. 

The full line-up can be seen over on the official site with tickets priced at just £79.50. More bands are yet to be announced. Treat yourself to some summer fun.

[Watch] The Joy Formidable - "Little Blimp" (Official Video)

Taken from their latest album Wolf's Law, The Joy Formidable have returned with a slightly different take on the live footage video. For the track "Little Blimp", a camera has been attached to Rhiannon's guitar head making for a POV type take on their live performances. Bouncing, rocking and generally having a pretty damn good time. See for yourselves above and see if ou can back me up on the guitar flipping from right to left handed in parts? Mirrored imaging or have I just missed that Ritzy's ambidextrous all this time?

[SKOA Premiere] The Joy Formidable - "Austere (Alan Wilkis Remix)"

SKOA favorite Alan Wilkis was commissioned to crank out this killer remix for "Austere" by The Joy Formidable alongside the release of EA Sports' new SSX game. Wilkis, who was already a big fan of The Joy Formidable, told us of his approach to the remix: "I really wanted to try to bring the song into electronic territory while hopefully preserving the thrashy-rock-awesomeness of the original version." After having a listen to the track, I think that you'll agree with us that he has done just that.

Fortunately for our pal, the remix got picked up to be in one of the trailers for the game:

Can we get an atta boy for Mr. Alan Wilkis!?!? Good for him!

Our soon-to-be "video game famou"s friend was also kind enough to give us first dibbs on sharing the track with the masses, so have a listen and grab the remix below:

[Watch] The Joy Formidable - "A Heavy Abacus" x "Ostrich" Live on Last Call with Carson Daly

In the space of twelve months The Joy Formidable have gone from their humble welsh beginnings to playing arenas and opening for the likes of Foo Fighters. Making sure they keep themselves in the minds of many they last week paid a visit to Last Call with Carson Daly and put in two performances. First up they played "A Heavy Abacus" which you can watch at the top  while after the jump is "Ostrich" for your viewing pleasure. Big love to The Audio Perv on the video front as per.

[Download] Manchester Orchestra - "April Fool" (The Joy Formidable Remix)

Check out this weird and trippy remix from the Welsh band, The Joy Formidable of a personal favourite band of mine, Manchester Orchestra. They have warped Andy Hull's lyrics throughout and added some cool bass jolts and drum rolls m. The results are pretty cool and it makes for a good lazy Sunday listen. You can download it for yourself below courtesy of the good people over at RCRD LBL.

[Watch] The Joy Formidable - "Whirring" Live on Conan

Wales have a new musical export that's been hitting all of the right buttons recently and the band go by the band go by the name of The Joy Formidable. Last night they were stateside and hit up Conan O'Brien's late night tv show and brought with them a performance of their track, "Whirring". 

The track features on the bands debut, The Big Roar which you can pick up a copy of over here. In the mean time check out Ritzy and co doing their thing on Conan. Thanks to The Audio Perv for the video hook up.