Festival Playlist – London's Citadel Festival 2015 by the chap who books the bands

Festival Playlist – London's Citadel Festival 2015 by the chap who books the bands

BBCuseSetting up in Victoria Park, London, for one day (19 July), Citadel Festival is a new edition to the summer's outdoor music agenda. To introduce us to the event, booker John Empson has made Q this Playlist with some of his personal selections from this year's bill. "Citadel is London’s brightest new festival, set to encapsulate the pleasures of the perfect summer Sunday - good music, good times, roasts, talks, debates, sports and games - and even a roller disco," he declares. "We have two incredible headliners in the form of Ben Howard and Bombay Bicycle Club, with stages curated by Communion and Soundcrash, but there’s much more to Citadel than the music." The 'sports day sign up' on their website might have something to do with that... whacky!

Ben Howard – Small Things “One of the many spine-tingling highlights from his latest album I Forget Where We Were.”

Bombay Bicycle Club – Carry Me (pictured) “Uptempo, instantly catchy, this track represents everything I love about Bombay Bicycle Club.”

Nick Mulvey – Cucurucu “His incredible talent really shines through on this one.”

Neneh Cherry – Blank Project “Buffalo Stance this isn’t… completely leftfield but all the better for it, Neneh Cherry and Four Tet are a match made in heaven.”

Kurt Vile And The Violators – Feel My Pain “We’re very excited to have Kurt Vile backed by The Violators for a UK festival exclusive.”


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Anna Calvi – Piece By Piece “She’s one of the UK’s most intriguing talents and this track is incredibly powerful.”

Leon Bridges – Smooth Sailin' “Smooth, easy listening from this fast rising Texan singer.”

Roots Manuva – Facety 2:11 “The legend returns with this jitter, jungle-inspired track produced by Four Tet!”

Bear’s Den – Above The Clouds Of Pompeii “Soaring ethereal brilliance from the rising folk trio.”

Andreya Triana – Gold “A massive tune that oozes quality and talent.”

For more, including the full line-up and latest ticket news, head to Citadelfestival.com.