Rock En Seine 2018: Beyond The Headliners

Rock En Seine 2018: Beyond The Headliners

Rock en Seine 2021

Rock en Seine 2021

Parigi, Francia


Rock En Seine is a French festival institution. There's no escaping that fact. But if I'm being completely honest, at first glance the headliners for this year's edition seem a little… lacklustre. Especially given the festival's rich history and well-earned status.

Don't get me wrong, Justice are absolute icons of the scene, and I've no doubt Die Antwoord will put on a blistering live show. But Thirty Second to Mars, Macklemore, Post Malone and PNL are a little less to my tastes.

However, even the most cursory look further down the billing reveals a three-day programme that is genuinely full of hugely exciting names, many of whom make the festival seem like much more of an enticing prospect than it may have initially appeared.

Here's a handful to look out for.


SOPHIE


Having blossomed from mysterious (but undeniably superb) producer to fully-fledged-and-fabulous experimental pop sensation, SOPHIE is at the height of her powers.


 

Idles


The Bristolian punk tour de force avoid the contrived and often substanceless 'us against the world' attitude so common in the genre, instead, writing songs about real issues: toxic masculinity, immigration, the NHS, the wealth divide etc.


 

Noname


In 2016's Telefone, the Chicago rapper released one of the most charming and engaging hip-hop mixtapes this decade. Despite rumours, she might call it a day after only one release, it has since been revealed that a debut album (provisionally titled Room 25) is on the way.



King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard


The prolific psych-rockers from down under (they released 5 albums in 2017 alone) know how to tear their way through a set better than most.



 

Octavian


This French-born rapper has called London home for some time now, but his distinctive voice still bears the badges of his native country. With a contender for song of the year in 'Party Here' and a co-sign from none other than Drake, Octavian is in the ascendancy.



Insecure Men


A side project of Saul Adamczewski of Fat White Family fame (who are also well worth seeing at Rock En Seine this year), alongside Ben Romans-Hopcroft, Insecure Men deal with some fairly dark subject matter with a predictably wry sense of humour.

 


The Psychotic Monks


This Parisian post-punk four-piece make music that is moody, atmospheric, often unsettling, and utterly captivating.


 

Bicep [live]


With the release of their debut album and carefully constructed live show, Bicep have elevated themselves from underground DJs to festival mainstays. On a personal level, they are comfortably one of the best things I've seen anywhere this year.

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