Jabberwocky, the new two day festival and brainchild of All Tomorrow’s Parties, Pitchfork, and Primevera Sound, is a cornucopia of music. The festival, which runs on the 15th and 16th of August in London’s The Excel Centre, runs the stylistic gamut. There’s hardcore, ambient, rap, folk, anti-folk, black metal, post punk, post metal, IDM, electronica, the list goes on and on.
In this environment it’s pretty difficult to be aware of what every band is offering. What you, the good people heading to Jabberwocky, need is a guide! And so Overblown has taken it upon itself to provide one.
Below, read our guide to Day 1. Come back tomorrow for our guide to Day 2. Enjoy and see you all there!
Jabberwocky Day 1 – Stage 3
Ought @ 4.45. These art punks hail from Montreal, and their debut album More Than Any Other Day has been acclaimed by all and sundry. For fans of: Joy Division, The Velvet Underground, Television.
Jozef Van Wissem @ 5.30. Van Wissem a Dutch minimalist composer currently based in Brooklyn. He has quite an eclectic CV, working on scores for Sims games, Jim Jarmusch movies, alongside his solo work. For fans of: chamber music, neo classical, and lutes!
Amen Dunes @ 6.15. The project of New York based Damon McMahon consists of “spoken word and bedroom industrial music, to downer Ethiopian covers and harsh folk, to classic American ballads” according to Sacred Bones Records. For fans of: variety!
Perfect Pussy @ 7. Lo-fi hardcore punks from New York. Their debut album Say Yes To Love was released earlier this year via Captured Tracks, and it’s caused quite a fuss. For fans of: old school hardcore, Husker Du, Fucked Up.
Clipping. @ 7.35. This experimental hip-hop group hail from L.A. and are known for their abrasive sound. For fans of: Dalek, Death Grips, Shabazz Palaces.
Big Ups @ 8.35. Another group from New York. These chaps claim to play punctual punk or nerdcore but it sounds more like post punk to us. For fans of: Fugazi and Minutemen.
Chelsea Wolfe @ 9.20. Wolfe is from California and plays a dark drone influenced folktronica. In short, it’s dark. For fans of: P.J. Harvey, Patti Smith,
Untold @ 10.15. Jack Dunning, a London based electronica producer, is Untold. Co-owner of Hemlock Recordings. For fans of: Detached, ethereal, nocturnal dance music
Jabberwocky 2014 Day 1 – Stage 2
Mick Turner @4. Best known as the guitarist for Dirty Three, Mick is also an Australian solo musician and artist. For fans of: avant garde low key soundscapes.
Mutual Benefit @ 5. The musical brainchild of Jordan Lee. He provides a baroque, indie folk style. For fans of: Gregory Allan Isakov, Sun Kil Moon, Iron & Wine.
The Ex @ 6.15. Legendary Dutch punk band. Initially seen as an anarcho punk band, they have since developed into a kind of jazz punk band, even though that sounds like an oxymoron. For fans of: The Birthday Party, Captain Beefheart.
Forest Swords @ 7.30. Forest Swords is the musical project of English music producer Matthew Barnes. Experimental trip hop. For fans of: DJ Shadow, UNKLE, Tricky.
Thee Oh Sees @ 8.45. Californian garage rock with art punk tendencies. Hard to pin down due to so many stylistic changes during their career. For fans of: Jay Reatard, Ty Segall.
Deafheaven @ 10. American black metal with a touch of shoegaze and post metal. For fans of: Wolves in the Throne Room, Agalloch.
Jabberwocky 2014 Day 1 – Stage 1
I Break Horses @ 4.45. Swedish shoegaze with electronic leanings. For fans of: M83, Washed Out, Wild Nothing.
Ben Frost @ 6. Australian born composer based in Iceland. Ambient, rhythmic, haunting. For fans of: Stars of the Lid, Helios, A Winged Victory for the Sullen.
Panda Bear @ 7.15. Noah Lennox from Animal Collective is Panda Bear. As Panda Bear he provides a psychedelic ambient pop environment. For fans of: Deerhunter, Black Dice.
Darkside @ 8.30. Ambient electronica from Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington. Their down tempo debut was released late last year on Matador Records. For fans of: Jamie xx, Burial, Baths.
James Blake @ 10. Do we really need to tell anyone who James Blake is? For the sake of completion he is a London based singer songwriter who combines soul, R&B with electronica. With awesome results. For fans of: King Krule, Chet Faker, Bon Iver.