While we often buy tickets to see our favorite musicians, festivals offer the perfect opportunity to broaden our music schemas and fall in love with new artists. Festivals feature both the biggest names in music (and on the lineup) and artists that are on the brink of greatness (and just a little bit further down the poster). Here are our picks for up-and-coming artists that you might have missed if we had not looked at the lineup from the bottom, up!
Bleached is a musical representation of the phrase, “girl power.” The band’s sound is upbeat punk music with hints of pop and 1970’s rock. Earlier this year, Bleached released their new EP, “Can You Deal?” and a limited edition zine with the same title. The zine includes contributions form some of the most exciting women in music, including Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Lizzo and Liz Phair.
Based in Los Angeles, Chicano Batman delivers unique funk music with a Brazilian Tropicália vibe. Their music has laid-back, almost beachy, characteristic, even though the lyrics tackle many complex societal issues. The band’s song, “This Land is Your Land,” was used for a Johnnie Walker Super Bowl commercial celebrating diversity. Chicano Batman is currently on tour with Houston-based band, Khruangbin.
Flow Tribe’s music reflects the upbeat, party atmosphere of their home city. The six-piece, New Orleans band has described their sound as “backbone-cracking music,” which encompasses aspects of R&B, soul, big brass, hip hop and Caribbean music. As Voodoo Fest veterans, the band’s live show is sure to bring a good time, full of non-stop dancing.
Pell is one of the most innovative names in hip hop, and he is not going unnoticed in the music world. A few years ago, Pigeons & Planes dubbed him one of the top 25 rappers you should know and he was one of Spotify’s Emerge Artists in 2015. Since then, he has opened for artists like Kehlani and collaborated on an EP with Louis the Child; both of these artists will be performing at Voodoo Fest. After the festival, Pell will be continuing his Greenhouse Party Tour through major US cities.
Jennifer Lee, or TOKiMONSTA, dropped her latest album earlier this month. Lune Rouge is packed with features from a number of artists, including SAINTS, MNDR and Joey Purp. The album follows Lee’s quiet battle with the rare disease, Moyamoya, which left her without the ability to comprehend language back in 2016. Lune Rouge is proof of Lee’s resilience and skill that keep her an unwavering force in the electronic music world.