First acts announced as Bushstock returns to rock W12

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Nick Mulvey made a surprise appearance in the tiny upstairs room of the Albertine wine bar in 2016

The Norwegian songstress Aurora is the headline act at this year’s Bushstock festival, staged at a host of venues in Shepherds Bush in June.

Other names confirmed for the annual celebration of indie music include Flyte, Haus, Aquilo and Billie Marten.

Norwegian songstress Aurora

Tipped as one of the capital’s best talent-spotting days, and curated by the indie label Communion, festival spaces pop up all over the place – in churches, hotels, social clubs and courtyards, at Bush Hall and at bars around Shepherds Bush Green and along Uxbridge Road.

This is the eighth staging of Bushstock, with around 30 up-and-coming bands expected to take part, each playing a pick of their latest numbers in slots ranging from half an hour to an hour.

At past festivals, surprise big names have sneaked in to play sets at the last minute, with people still raving about the unexpected appearance of The Staves and Nick Mulvey at the tiny upstairs room of the Albertine wine bar in 2016.

On Saturday 23 June, between midday and midnight, the other acts will include Abi Ocia, Adam French, Another Sky, Freya Ridings, Maisie Peters, Matt Woods, Stereo Honey, The Beach, FEET, Grace Carter, Hollow Coves, Ida Mae, Joel Baker, King No One, Lily Moore, Night Flight, Sam Fender and TORS.

Aurora, who has been writing songs since she was nine (she’s now 21), recently sold out a show at London’s Hoxton Hall, and is enthusiastic about being part of the Bushstock line-up. “It’s going to be intimate and lovely,” she trilled. “We’ll all become one beautiful organism. I’m looking forward to it.”

Early discount festival tickets have already sold out, but general entry tickets (£30 plus booking fee) are on sale via this link.

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