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First acts announced as Bushstock festival returns to W12

The acts are already being announced for Bushstock – the Shepherds Bush equivalent of Glastonbury – which has become one of west London’s most vibrant annual music events.

Novo Amor is one of the headliners at the festival, staged at a string of different Shepherds Bush venues, which include wine bars and churches, on Saturday 15 June.

The Welsh folk rock singer/songwriter, known to his mum as Ali John Meredith-Lacey, is performing across Europe ahead of his Bushstock appearance.

The 27-year-old will be playing tracks from his new album, Birthplace.

Novo Amor
Novo Amor. PHOTO: ALEX KOZOBOLIS

Also confirmed are MarthaGunn, the five-piece Brighton band fronted by Abi Woodman, named after an 18th century bathing hut attendant, and playing original music drawing on rock, classical and 70s pop.

Other acts already on the bill for the 2019 event are the surreal APRE, a west London outfit whose act is as much about the image as the music, and singer/songwriter Olivia who began her musical career as a busker and who draws inspiration from the late, great Amy Winehouse.

West London outfit, APRE
West London outfit, APRE

Winnie Raeder, a Danish singer/songwriter who grew up on a diet of the blues and soul, is another confirmed act for the midsummer festival.

The Bushstock festival has a reputation as a great place to catch artists on the verge of greatness, with early bird tickets available at £24.

A full list of venues and exact times will be announced in the new year. Meanwhile the website www.bushstock.co.uk has the latest announcements on booked acts and ticket availability.

What’s the deal?

Bushstock began in 2011, when around 700 music fans attended a series of gigs in venues including Bush Hall and St Stephen’s church in Uxbridge Road. It has expanded every year, with 1,750 people attending this summer’s event.

The festival sees approximately 30 up-and-coming bands 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.

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