PREVIEW: QOTSA & Friends @ Finsbury Park, 30.06.18

Anyone who knows me will know of my love of Queens Of The Stone Age. Anyone who knows me will also know of my love of championing women in music. So, although I am EXTREMELY excited about seeing QOTSA and the legendary Iggy Pop next Saturday, 30th June, in Finsbury Park, I’m also particularly looking forward to the rest of the incredible line up, which is 50% female…

Brody Dalle:
I have been wanting to see Brody Dalle since I was a 16 year old listening to The Distillers’ Sing Sing Death House for the first time, and being completely blown away by her seething, riotous power. Catch me at the front re-living my teenage angst.

Deap Vally: 
Blues-rock duo Deap Vally are the band I turn to whenever I need some motivation. Their empowering passion and glorious, gritty aggression when delivering their raging feminist anthems is really an immense spectacle to behold.

Hinds: 
Having seen the Spanish band Hinds three times before, I can assure you they will not disappoint live. Their infectious, sunny charisma never fails to put a smile on my face, and their immense, buoyant energy creates a sweeping sense of raucous euphoria whenever they perform.

Black Honey:
Fronted by Izzy B Phillips, Brighton’s Black Honey have been building quite a reputation over the last few days, receiving acclaim from the likes of The Guardian and NME for their lush, swooning vocals and catchy, jangly melodies.

Belako: 
Second Spanish band of the line up, Belako are known for delivering catchy slices of post-punk and their recent album Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence is a gritty collection of raw, swirling offerings.

Skinny Girl Diet:
Long time favourites of GIHE, it’s wonderful to see Skinny Girl Diet building their reputation and playing such big stages. I first saw them at The Shacklewell Arms a few years ago, and they blew me away with their seething, Riot Grrrl-inspired energy and rousing, grunge-fuelled sound.

Catch all these bands for QOTSA & Friends in Finsbury Park next Saturday 30th June. More info and ticket links here.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Track Of The Day: LUCIA – ‘Melted Ice Cream’

Discovered whilst busking in the streets of Glasgow, LUCIA‘s career has taken a remarkable turn since she released her debut EP Best Boy via indie label Dead Beet Records last year. The singer has supported Black Honey, The Big Moon and The Undertones on tour, and her sound has been described as encapsulating the “bubble-gum aesthetic of The Ronettes with the seething punk attitude of Bikini Kill”.

She’s set to release her new single ‘Melted Ice Cream’ tomorrow on Jan 12th, and she’ll be celebrating alongside her band tonight at The Old Blue Last with a headline show with support from Chemtrails and HUSSY (RSVP here). Listen to the track below and make sure you head down to the gig tonight to support her.

LUCIA 2018 Live Dates

11th January – Old Blue Last, London
25th January – Camden Assembly, London with Milk Disco

Follow LUCIA on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut