Beyond The Tracks: The top five

Birmingham is gearing up to welcome the newest addition to its live music scene.

Amelia Ward

Last updated: 6th Sep 2017

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The second city's newest green field festival, Beyond The Tracks is gearing up to make its debut on Friday 15th September, and it is set to do so with a stellar line up.

From indie royalty to psych newbies, the metropolitan soiree promises performances from some of the best-known names in UK music, alongside a selection of hotly tipped new artists.

With an impressive range of bands and musicians to choose from, we've handpicked some recommendations for the weekend.

5. Ocean Colour Scene


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Saturday night's headliners are no strangers to high profile sets on a festival main stage, and have brought their armoury of Britpop anthems across the country this summer. The Festival Experience with Ocean Colour Scene informed us that the Midlands rockers are experts at bringing out the big guns for all conquering slots, and with the likes of 'The Day We Caught The Train', 'The Riverboat Song' and more up their sleeve, there's a lot to look forward to. 

Surely a name fixed onto any indie fan's festival wish list, the band's slot at the top of the Beyond The Tracks bill looks simply unmissable and will give fans young and old a chance to taste some 90's hedonism. 

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4. Jagwar Ma

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Playing the Friday night, this Aussie three piece perfectly channel upbeat psychedelic noise-pop and liquid grooves to create their unique sunny kaleidoscopic sound.

With 2016 album Every Now & Then being the perfect follow up to their critically acclaimed debut, they have the music to match their live credentials and these party starters from down under certainly know how to work a crowd.

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3. Carl Barat and The Jackals

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Having been a founder of one of the UK's best loved and most turbulent bands, Carl Barat will make an appearance at Beyond The Tracks with his current project The Jackals. Their last EP, The Harder They Fall, saw them reach out to a heavier sound than acclaimed 2015 debut 'Let It Reign'. 

The band will play a combination of their new material, as well as treating the crowd to Libertines classics on the Saturday of the festival.


2. The Jesus and Mary Chain

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Originally signed to an early carnation of Creation Records, Scottish shoegaze pioneers and Sunday night headliners The Jesus and Mary Chain released their first album, the groundbreaking Psychocandy, back in 1985. A combination of self destructive genius and dangerously riotous live shows were the catalyst for the sort of rock'n'roll connotations that attached themselves to Alan McGee's label forever after.

Their most recent album, Damage and Joy harks straight back to their debut and is proving to be just as popular with fans old and new, and while their shows aren't quite as eventful these days, they're still utterly mesmerising.


1. Orbital


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The Hartnoll brothers remain one of dance music's most important duos, who after reforming again earlier this year have taken centre stage at a number of festivals, not least Bluedot where their fusion of sci-fi and techno felt perfectly at home.

They'll kick off a decidedly electronic leaning Friday night, where their sonorous sound will, in our opinion, rise above the presence of 90s peers Faithless and Leftfield.

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