Guilty Pleasure Artists To See This Year

Guilty Pleasure Artists To See This Year

Whether it's dividing the opinion of music journalists or earning you judgement from your peers, every now and then a band or artist pops up that some sick part of you adores.

At Festicket we have noticed some amazingly bizarre lineups mixing in the ultimate guilty pleasures amongst the popular greats. Here are our three choices we hope you love too, just so we feel better about our shame...

Cynthia's choice - Babymetal

Mixing the worlds of heavy metal and the Japanese manufactured pop idol culture, Babymetal consists of teenage girls Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal, who with the help of their talent agency and producer (who stated the idea of Babmetal came to him through a divine revelation) have created an infectious brand of "Kawaii Metal" ("Kaiwaii" meaning cute).

From songs about eating too much chocolate, to anti bullying messages, some purists of the genre detest their commercial invention, gimmicky routines and promotion (A limited edition CD release for their single "Headbangya" included neck corsets to be used for headbanging training) however despite this the girls have not only garnered a cult following, but an impressive start to their career.

Performing at major rock and metal festival stages both in their home country of Japan and abroad, they have shared stages with the likes of Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Avenged Sevenfold and Slayer, while also opening for five of Lady Gaga's ArtRave tour in the US, and releasing the Japenese promo video for Metallica's movie Through The Never.

If you're planning to attend any rock or metal festivals this year, then I'd highly recommend checking Babymetal out at Rockavaria, Rock In Vienna and Der Ring.

Luke's choice - Kylie Minogue

Come on, who isn't partial to a bit of Kylie, eh? Not only is our favourite Aussie an incredible singer, but who could forget her Oscar-worthy performance in the hit soap Neighbours, or her cameos in films such as Street Fighter and The Delinquents.

Capable of getting a set of grown men jiving like it's '77, Dear Minogue's catalogue of bangers include the pulsating 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' and the disco-infused 'Spinning Around' amongst her bottomless well of other such dance-pop.

Still going strong at 46, Kylie released her latest album 'Kiss Me Once' last year, and continues to impress on stage, yet to be pulled down some stairs by her dancers.

The festival circuit, however, has become a rare scene for Minogue, meaning her appearance at this year's Melt! is a flash in a pan, and therefore a moment not to be missed. 


Joel's Choice – Craig Charles

I'll be honest, I've never seen him DJ. But the man who spent a lot of his career either co-starring alongside a half-human-half-cat in a sci-fi sitcom, or presenting a TV show about robots smashing each other to pieces, will always have a special place in my heart. You stay classy, Craig.

Craig Charles will play DJ sets at Wychwood Festival and Common People this summer.


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