Who to catch at 2Q Festival

~ Lincoln ~

Now into the third year, 2Q is a one day, inner-city music festival which takes place around the centre of Lincoln. Here we have listed ten of our must-see acts, sorry but some clashes are listed.

~ The Rills ~

The Loft at 12:00

Local lads The Rills will be the opening band in The Loft.

The Rills are one of Lincoln’s most loved bands, combing the indie of early Arctic Monkeys with the punk attitude of The Clash. 2Q is sure to get off to a sweaty, blistering start with this four-piece.

The band’s most recently released track was ‘The Critic’. Released on 15th March, the tune was also released with the brilliant B-side ‘Out The Door’.

~ The K’s ~

Red Five (This Feeling) at 12:30

Opening the This Feeling take over at Red Five will be one of Alan Mcgee’s new signing The K’s.

The K’s are a band who have been signed to Creation23 by the one and only Alan Mcgee, the same McGee who discovered Oasis on that now-famous night, the guy also being the likes of Primal Scream, The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Libertines.

Having performed on the TV show Soccer AM earlier this year, the band have been picking up a huge following and have proved themselves to be a must-see act with their live shows.

The band released their latest single ‘Aurora’ on 25th October.

~ Reflekter ~

Red Five (This Feeling) at 15:30

One of Nottingham’s hottest new prospects right now, Reflekter formed in May 2018 and have already been compared to Rock’n’Roll greats the likes Oasis, Echo and the Bunnymen and Kasabian. A singer and songwriter on the circuit already, frontman James Gooch may already be familiar to some for his work with BBC Introducing praised act: Same Streets.

Starting the project after meeting his brothers in arms at a Fontaines DC gig in Nottingham, Reflekter were born that day. Wasting little time, the band quickly began laying down tracks together at a local recording studio. These early demos soon found themselves in the lap of Jake Bugg manager Jason Hart who instantly recognised their potential. 

Reflekter release ’75 Trips’ on 4th October

~ The Pale White ~

The Loft at 16:15

Coming to Lincoln from Newcastle, The Pale White are sure to turn the loft into a frenzy of limbs.

The Pale White have been going from strength to strength with every release and live show attracting a new mob of fans. Early on, The Pale White instantly grabbed the attention of the likes of Radio X, NME and BBC Introducing. The band describe their style as ‘Black’.

The Pale White have picked up some big slots on the festival circuit, these include Glastonbury and  Reading and Leeds Festival. The band have also opened for The Libertines, The Amazons and Sam Fender.

The band released their latest single ‘Swim For Your Life’ on 11th October.

~ Working Men’s Club ~

Home at 17:00

West Yorkshire band Working Men’s Club will be bringing their mesmerising ecceltic set to Home.

Although the band technically formed in Manchester, they want to shy away from the ‘Manchester band’ tag, claiming that too many of the Manchester bands try too hard to be Oasis or Arctic Monkeys and say that’s fucking boring. I guess if you could pigeon hole the band, which is pretty hard considering their eccentric sound it would be somewhere closer to Joy Division and The Fall.

Working Men’s Club have been playing at the major festivals and also picking up support slots with The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Fat White Family.

The band released their latest single ‘Teeth’ on 15th July.

~ Band of Skulls ~

Engine Shed at 19:15

Band of Skulls will be unlesshing the scuzzy garage rock in the Engine Shed.

Having released five albums, the now duo could have easily headlined the festival so it feels more like a double header in the Engine Shed. After four albums of blues infused rock’n’roll, Southampton’s Band of Skulls have taken a risk, switched up their sound and come up with some summer festival bangers. Having parted ways with long-time drummer Matt Hayward in 2017.

Band of Skull‘s latest album is ‘Love Is All You Love’ and was released 12th April.

~ Yonaka ~

The Loft at 19:45

Yonaka are big favourites amongst Kerrang and NME, the band will be the closing act at The Loft.

The band are from Brighton and have played at all of the major festivals including Download and All Points East with Bring Me The Horrizon. The four piece have relentlessly toured over the last few years and established themselves as a must see live act. Yonaka have fans from all walks of life with the likes of Kerrang, NME and Fred Perry Subculture all featuring the band to a very diverse audience.

Yonaka released their self-produced album ‘Don’t Wait Till Tomorrow’ which was released on 31st March.

~ Jaws ~

Moka at 21:00

B-Town scene’s Jaws are closing the bill at Moka.

Jaws identify as one of the B-Town scene bands alongside Peace and Swim Deep. Jaws are now three albums deep with their blend of shoegaze and grunge. The band have the ability to transport you from a rainy Lincoln City Centre to a beach in California.

Jaws most recently released their dreamy album ‘The Ceiling’ on 5th April.

~ The Futureheads ~ 

Home at 20:45

Indie royalty The Futureheads will close Home.

Having first emerged at the start of the ’00s amidst a burgeoning swarm of guitar bands, the Sunderland quartet, with their proud regional accents and spiky, playful sensibilities, stuck out from the off. Over the following decade The Futureheads – comprised of vocalists and guitarists Barry Hyde and Ross Millard, vocalist and bassist David ‘Jaff’ Craig and vocalist and drummer Dave Hyde – amassed five critically-acclaimed albums, headlined countless tours and earned an NME Single of the Year accolade for their iconic cover of Kate Bush’s ‘Hounds of Love’.

The Futureheads are currently preparing to the 15 year anniversary of their debut album ‘The Futureheads.

~ The Twang ~

Back to Mono at 17:00 (Signing and performance) & Engine Shed at 20:45

The Twang will be performing twice during the day! Once will be an acoustic set with an album/merch signing at the record store Back to Mono and the other is topping the bill at the Engine Shed.

The gigs will be the first for the Birmingham band after the release of their fifth album ‘If Confronted Just Go Mad’ on 8th November.

The Twang have spent over a decade of defying expectation. From their beginnings in their Birmingham home town, vocalist Phil Etheridge, bassist Jon Watkin, guitarist Stu Hartland and drummer Ash Sheehan continue to wow audiences and win new fans with their electric live shows.

The Twang also join Shed Seven for their annual Christmas your #Shedcember which takes place in November and December.

The band release their latest album ‘If Confronted Just Go Mad’ on Friday (Read our album review HERE)

There are many, many more artists performing over the day and our picks are just the tip of the iceberg, see the full venue splits and set times below.

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