Here we go again for the forth installment of our Summer Sundae countdown. So far we’ve tipped Los Campesinos, Stornoway and Leicester lads These Furrows as our picks of the line up, this time we are going for Frankie & The Heartstrings.
You don’t really get much newer than Frankie & The Heartstrings, having only released their debut single, Hunger, at the end of last year, but already they are causing quite a stir. With their second single Tender due out soon and an album planned for autumn a lot is expected so no pressure boys. The Sunderland quintet have already played Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Latitude and Glastonbury this year and are on the bill for the Reading and Leeds Weekender following Summer Sundae. In addition to this they have received a number of excellent reviews, have been labeled ‘ones to watch’ and have been championed by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens (well he’s bound to get one right eventually).
Frankie & The Heartstrings have to be one of the coolest looking bands I’ve seen in years and in singer Frankie Francis they have a front man who just exudes style and charisma. Their tunes aren’t bad either. They have managed to amalgamate stompy indie with seriously poppy tunes and, with Francis’ Paul Weller style vocals, have ended up a bit of a contradiction, somehow sounding both retro and fresh at the same time.
No bad thing in my book. I, therefore, thoroughly recommend that you catch Frankie & The Heartstrings at Summer Sundae, if for no other reason than to be able to say “I saw them before they were big” because they almost certainly will be.
Frankie & The Heartstrings Headline the Musician Stage of Summer Sundae on Saturday 14th August. Next week we’ll be giving you our fifth pick of the line up.
Now into its 10th year, Leicester’s Summer Sundae Festival proved this weekend that bigger is most definitely better. After having increased the capacity of the festival to 7,000 and added another major stage, the festival played host to more major acts and spectators than ever before, so here’s a run through of all the action from the weekend…
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Aspiring post-rockers listen up and take heed – rising stars Codes in the Clouds embody the genre in its most rewarding form. The Dartford-based quintet who specialise in instrumental rock music have built up their following since their formation three years ago through a busy touring schedule as well as amassing an impressive arsenal of atmospheric songs