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Bushstock Festival 2018: Flyte, Haus and Aquilo among first acts announced


Story by Jack Foley

BUSHSTOCK Festival will return to West London for one day of live music at various venues around Shepherd’s Bush on Saturday, June 23, 2018.

Joining the line-up will be: Flyte, Haus, Aquilo, Billie Marten, Freya Ridings, Maisie Peters, Matt Woods, Stereo Honey and The Beach, with many more to be announced in the coming months.

Established in 2010 and curated by Communion Presents, the annual music festival offers an opportunity to see established names alongside some of the most exciting up-and-coming musical talent in intimate west London surroundings.

This year’s festival will see 35+ artists playing across six stages at various venues in and around London’s Shepherd’s Bush.

2018 promises to be bigger and even better than last year’s sold out event, which saw memorable performances from the likes of The Staves, Bruno Major, OUTLYA, Spring King, Jade Bird and Isaac Gracie, as well as Avante Black who won a spot on the line-up through an Apply To Play competition, in keeping with the Bushstock ethos for profiling the best new talent.

Run in collaboration with Music Glue, the competition offered one lucky winner an opportunity to open a stage at the 2017 festival.

More than 1,400 competition applications were whittled down to Avante Black who was crowned the winner. Since playing Bushstock last year, Avante’s career has ascended rapidly – she’s bagged herself a spot on the Live at Leeds festival line-up as well as playing her own headline shows, whilst her single, Acid Love, has been featured as a BBC Introducing Record of the Week.

Due to the success of the competition in 2017, Apply To Play will return for 2018 and the competition launches today.

Prospective artists simply need to head to the Apply To Play webpage for full details.

This year’s entries will be whittled down to one winner who will then be given the opportunity to open a stage at Bushstock 2018. Details on all the unique venues involved with Bushstock this year will be announced soon.

Super Early Bird and Early Bird tickets for Bushstock 2018 are already sold out. General Admission tickets, priced at £30 (+ booking fee), are on sale now.