These are the Indie Daze of our lives
The sixth Indie Daze Festival next month includes an all-day line-up at the Kentish Town Forum and a four-day residency at The 100 Club
12 September, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab
Therapy? perform at the Forum on October 5
It is nearly 30 years since the golden decade of indie and grunge, when guitars dominated the airwaves, fashion and pencil case scribbles.
The nineties was very much the era of garage bands, scruffy collectives of youngsters putting on ad hoc indie nights in dive bars and littering the world with hastily put-together leaflets – and we loved it.
But all is not forgotten, Indie Daze Festival – now in its sixth year – takes the opportunity to remind us of some of the slightly smaller indie acts of the late 1980s and 90s, those who regularly appeared on the indie disco playlists back in the day.
This year’s festival has expanded – as well as a full-day festival at The Forum in Kentish Town on October 5, Mute Elephant Music will be staging a four-day residency at The 100 Club featuring the likes of The Primitives, Thousand Yard Stare, Miles Hunt & Ericka Nockalls (The Wonder Stuff) and The Frank and Walters, all backed by special guests throughout the week.
This year’s Forum all-day line-up includes headline sets from Therapy?, Swervedriver and Pop Will Eat Itself, as well as appearances from Jim Bob (Carter USM), Utah Saints, Back To The Planet and Kingmaker 4AD – one stage, one day, one ticket and seven bands.
Headlining, Northern Irish rockers Therapy? will perform a full set, to close the indie music celebrations for this year. Formed in Belfast in 1989, Therapy? was started by Andy Cairns (vocals, guitars), Fyfe Ewing (drums) and Michael Keegan (bass), catching the attention of BBC DJ John Peel after recording a number of demos. They went on to sign with A&M Records, later releasing 1994’s Troublegum to huge success. Oxford alternative rock band Swervedriver join the line-up fresh from touring sixth album Future Ruins, released earlier this year, their second since they reformed in 2008 following their 1998 split.
Formed in 1991, electronic dance group Utah Saints are still very much at the top of their game, hosting their SugarBeatClub brand at various clubs and curating festival stages. They have played alongside everyone from Take That to Erol Alkan and have now put on over 1,000 nights and DJed at another 1,000.
Pop Will Eat Itself. Photo Naomi Dryden-Smith
Returning to the Indie Daze stage are seasoned festival performers, electro-rock pioneers Pop Will Eat Itself, whose very public transformation in 1987 from two-minute, three-chord indie pop wonders into hip-hop rock crossover pioneers brought them a whole new audience.
Also in the line-up is Carter USM frontman Jim Bob who has had a long and varied solo career outside of Carter; including releasing seven albums – solo and with his disco pop punk band Jim’s Super Stereoworld.
Punk pop group Back To The Planet have been playing irregular shows together following their 2006 reunion show in Camberwell. Since then they have brought their blend of ska, dub, punk and electronic music to Glastonbury, Wickerman Festival and Bearded Theory among others, with Indie Daze next on the list.
Rounding off the line-up are Hull indie rockers Kingmaker 4AD, who enjoyed a spell of commercial success in the early 1990s in a blaze of popular releases, securing five top 40 singles and four albums.
And if this isn’t enough indie music for one month, don’t forget the Indie Daze residence at The 100 Club with gigs from The Primitives, Popgun and Bromide (Oct 1); Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls (The Wonder Stuff) and Nigel Clark (Dodgy) (Oct 2); Thousand Yard Stare and Jack Adaptor (Oct 3) and The Frank & Walters + former Inspiral Carpets frontman Tom Hingley & The Kar-Pets, who will be playing a selection from the Inspirals’ back catalogue.