Today tickets go on sale for Dials Festival, a multi venue event taking place on just one street on one day in Southsea, Portsmouth, October 6th. I’m pretty excited by this because somehow I’ve ended up being the director of the festival and have also been responsible for booking about one third of the bands on the bill.
Dials Festival is being run on a DIY self-funded ethos. For 2018 it carries no sponsorship (although if any companies out there would like to do so I’d love to talk to you) and is aiming to raise funds and awareness for Solent Mind, a local mental health charity. The organisers are all working as volunteers and take no payment in an effort to try and help increase the money raised. Some artists on the bill have also agreed to play for free or a lowered fee as it’s for a good cause - although all acts were offered payment - and the venues are all donating their spaces for free. Other volunteers have already helped with the likes of the design of our website and promo material and we're hoping that others will offer their help as we move forward. This is our idea of a community festival. A music community doing something for the greater good.
Tickets are just £12 for super early birds and £16 once they sell out. They will be more expensive on the day. If you want to come and have a great day of live music on the south coast don’t wait to book your ticket - book now in the knowledge that the earlier you book actually helps the festival more (cashflow is important) and therefore the charity.
Dials will be headlined by Brighton's Tigercub with Welsh band Estrons as main support. The event is 18+ but for anyone under that age you can still come along, but your access will be restricted to just 2 venues - The Wedgewood Rooms and The Edge of The Wedge. Both Tigercub and Estrons will play The Wedgewood Rooms. If you are 14 or under you will need to be accompanied by an adult.
For £12 (if you get in quick) it's worth it for just those 2 bands - after all Tigercub's last non festival show in Brighton was £10 on its own. Then you can see a whole day of music before those two bands bring the noise.
I’ll be posting more about Dials and some of the acts playing in a few weeks time, but for now, to see who is joining the likes of those two bands, plus artists that I've featured on the blog such as Art School Girlfriend, Jerry Williams and Bokito hop on over to the Dials website for all the details. (Click here) And then whilst you are there why not grab those tickets? More acts are still to be announced.
One of the artists on the bill is someone that Breaking More Waves has been supporting since her very first releases. It has been a pleasure to watch Lauran Hibberd develop her music and style over the last couple of years. Lauran's performance at Dials comes on the back of slots at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival (where apparently actor Colin Firth was in the audience), Common People in Southampton and last year’s Bestival. She’s also supported the likes of Girli, Clean Cut Kid and Bryde and has been played on BBC 6 Music and Radio X.
Today Lauran releases her new tune Call Shotgun – and it's a fizzed up kiss-off that's full of thrashing guitar abandon. It hits with force. It goes something like this: bang bang bang faster faster harder harder then repeat and is probably that moment in her live set where one second you’re holding a plastic pint glass in your hand and the next moment it’s gone flying up in the air. Yes, Lauran Hibberd brings the mosh and the beer shower with this one. Her rallying call of “Call shotgun. I want one,” deserves to be shouted in indie clubs across the country. I pretty much say this every time Lauran releases a track, but Call Shotgun really is her best yet. Oh and it's on the Spotify New Music Friday playlist in the UK as well, which should bring Lauran a few new listeners and maybe fans. Come see her and a load of other great acts at Dials in Portsmouth this October.
Lauran Hibberd - Call Shotgun