Felt Cute Fest (Might Delete Later) Programme: Saturday Stage 1

Welcome to Felt Cute Fest (Might Delete Later) the one of a kind independent music festival taking place across the Underscore Part 3. Get to know a little bit about your favourite acts ahead of their set.

Josie Proto – 9:30pm

Coming from what she describes as ‘a tiny village in the middle of nowhere’, at just 19 songwriter Josie Proto has already made her presence very well know on the Britpop scene as her single “BTEC Lily Allen”, a bold response to hateful criticisms, struck a chord with the young audience on TikTok catapulting it to viral status with over 360k views and several cover versions being made. She has since released her first EP, “Pub Songs: Volume 1”, which showcases her intimate lyrics and her well-rounded, occasionally eccentric pop sensibilities.

Special Guest: Lauran Hibberd – 9:00pm

With her earliest experiences in songwriting going all the way back to her early teens, singer-songwriter Lauran Hibberd is a force to be reckoned with. Her early work was featured on BBC Radio 6 Music, and breakout hit “Call Shotgun” was playlisted on BBC Radio 1 in 2018. Her pop-rock sound has a charming, laid-back quality infused with occasional folk suggestions. She played the Bbc Introducing Stage at Glastonbury in 2019 and was slated to be part of the British Music Embassy line up at the 2020 edition of SXSW.

Flowvers – 8:30pm

Founded in 2016 and drawing plenty of inspiration from the soundscapes of the 80s and 90s alike, four-piece FLOWVERS (pronounced Flow-vers) have recently released their latest track, the loaded-titled “Throwaway Generation”, part of their debut EP of the same name, rounding up recent material and bringing to completion the first chapter in their projects as a band. Having supported bands like JAWS, and Black Honey, they were featured by the likes of BBC Introducing and Huw Plays and were part of the This Feeling suggestions for Big in 2020.

Katie Wood – 8:00pm

With powerful vocals and a clear electric buzz to her music, Katie Wood launched herself into the music scene with a bang, releasing her debut single “Steve” – self-produced in her bedroom – in March 2020. Her latest track “Uh Huh Yeah” came out in June, displaying a bold mix of old-style pop suggestions and innovative, cutting sounds and receiving a barrage of positive reviews, including a feature in DIY Magazine’s Neu Bulletin.

Lucky Iris – 7:30pm

Made up of Maeve Florsheim and Jasper Exley, brand new alt-pop duo Lucky Iris, out of Leeds, made their appearance on the scene with a bang when they released their debut EP “Turns Out We Should Have Stayed At Home” in April 2020. A concept EP based around a night on the town gone wrong, it showcases their many influences and their own personal take on electro-acoustic pop music. Previously members of Everyday People, Maeve and Jasper have played on stages all over Leeds, including Brudenell Social Club, previous to embarking on this latest project.

SKIA – 7:00pm

Norwegian alt-pop innovator SKIA brings to the studio and the stage alike its own futuristic take on the Scandipop sound. Following the recent release of debut EP “Apricot”, produced in Liverpool by fellow Norwegian Emilie Krogh, SKIA is now bringing her music to a live incarnation with a support of manager/bassist Nina Himmelreich and a five-piece backing band, with powerful live shows including glitter warpaint and sequined costumes.

Crystal Tides – 6:30pm

Drawing inspiration from classic guitar riffs from the Noughties and modern pop melodies, Crystal Tides are an indie rock band based on the South Coast of England. Following the release of several successful singles, they can boast multiple sold-out shows in their hometown of Portsmouth as well as London venues. Their recent live appearances saw them headlining the Seaside Stage at Victorious Festivals, and supporting bands like The Snuts. Their latest track “Deserter” was showcased on Radio X as well as being named BBC Introducing Solent’s Track of the Week.

New Luna – 6:00pm

With their most recent single “Prunus” just released in May 2020, alternative rock four-piece New Luna weave a sound that draws a wide range of inspirations together, mixing post-punk suggestions with a hazier dream-pop sound. Hailing from the heart of the buzzing Manchester alternative scene, they recently played series of sold out shows in their hometown as well as making a debut appearance in the States at the New Colossus Festival earlier this year.

Picnic- 5.30pm 

Sunderland seven-piece Picnic blend together jazz and pop influences to produce music that goes beyond the constraints and limitation of genre. Having played support for the likes of Fickle Friends and Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics fame), they’ve brought their unique presence to stages all over their native North-East. Their pop-jazz hybrid has been featured by Nick Roberts on BBC Introducing int he North-East and their latest single “I Need Everybody” was released in March 2020.

Felt Cute Fest Programme: Saturday

Words: Chiara Strazzulla @thestrazzulla