Threshold Fest 2014

So, you’ve just made the easiest decision of your life; to attend this year’s Threshold Festival (of course, why wouldn’t you?!) But there’s just one problem. With the plethora of acts on offer, over just three days, it’s likely you’ll feel over-whelmed and some artists may go criminally over-looked.

Fortunately I’ve come prepared and in the interest of you lucky festival-goers, allow me to get you started and introduce a few acts you cannot miss.

First up is local girl, Natalie McCool whose appeal goes beyond the obvious style her namesake suggests. She croons powerful yet understated vocals to create dreamy, atmospheric pop-tunes reminiscent of Bat for Lashes songstress, Natasha Khan. Check out her ‘Drive Sessions’ too, were she performs an expert mash-up of songs from the film ‘Drive’

Next, if it’s soaring, soulful two-part harmonies you’re looking for, search no further than little-known, little-wonders Little Grace. This local five-piece fronted by twin brothers are not just an exercise in duality. They come together to create sounds that are smoother than imperial lather and catchier than any other toe-tapping beat you’re aware of. Listen to ‘No Missed Calls’ and treat yourself.

Last but not least is Beans on Toast. Taking time out from his other jobs as some-time support act for Frank Turner and breakfast-food staple, this bearded, grinning troubadour is coming to Threshold. Expect chirpy acoustic melodies, juxtaposed with tongue -in-cheek lyrics that cover sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, things, stuff and more. Noteworthy B  on T track: ‘Things’

Hopefully now the line-up is looking a little less intimidating. But if not, be comforted that you only have to absent-mindedly stumble along the Baltic Triangle, to discover new music. And if you’re lucky, you might just trip and fall into a performance by any one of these talented artists.

Daniel Pearce