Anchored To The Sound
Festival organiser David Kendall introduces Plymouth’s independent music festival
Anchored To The Sound is a multi-venue, alternative, independent music festival based across various stages on The Mutley and North Hill areas. It incorporates Plymouth University Main Hall, The Junction, PL4 Cafe, The Underground, Carpe Diem and The Fortescue and despite being a commercial event, it runs primarily as a community interest project. The festival aims to establish an annual event with national appeal that not only highlights Plymouth as a cultural hub on the national festival circuit, but gives local artists a platform to perform to a mass audience alongside big names.
The initial line-up announcement unmasked the festival head liners as Lonely The Brave. With a new album which includes their hit singles Radar (which was Annie Mac’s hottest record in the world on BBC Radio 1) and Rattlesnakes (another instant success), the band is sounding bigger and better than ever. Their recent live session at Maida Vale was broadcast on Daniel P Carter’s Radio One Rock Show.
Following Lonely The Brave’s main stage performance at Reading and Leeds Festival last year, the band have released a string of UK dates to promote the new album. They are also featuring at several festivals across the country in 2016, but this will be the only festival performance south of Bristol for the year.
Anchored To The Sound has announced Polar, Landscapes, Casey, Crooks, High Hopes, Crazy Arm, Ducking Punches, Continents, Lock & Key, Carcer City, Pay No Respect and so many more, including over 25 local and regional acts.
Lonely The Brave
Plymouth-based festival organiser, Dave Kendall, says; “The biggest challenge was securing a headliner. We are a new festival and I was unknown with the booking agents but when we were offered Lonely The Brave I was so excited – I saw them on the main stage at Reading 2015 and they blew me away. They had huge success with their previous album and with their new heavier, punchier sound, they offer an awesome mix that personifies the event as a whole.”
When it comes to locals, the festival hasn’t been stingy. “Around 50% of our lineup is from Devon and Cornwall with many bands coming from Plymouth. Crazy Arm are heading up the White Rabbit stage (the festival pays homage to the much loved ex-venue) and we have an acoustic stage which is 75% Plymouth-based. The hardest part was picking the bands as I’ve been around the local heavy music scene for around 15 years now and these people are my friends. I used go to parties and shows with them and I’ve watched them turn from garage bands playing open mic nights and shows in small venues, to semi-professional and professional musicians on national circuits, all of whom are talented and beyond hard-working! I can’t wait for them to be a part of this and I am so grateful that they have chosen to support the event”.
The festival is a little different from most as it is multi-venue. This promotes and supports cohesion within the local music industry and involves key individuals, all whilst bridging the gap between small and large venues. The ethos is to support the local marketplace by putting money straight back into the hands of local business owners and raising the profile of each venue to national bands, managers and agents. The festival will play host to over 55 bands across multiple stages and venues, alongside multiple bars, merchandise and retail pitches including a world food court with vegetarian and vegan dishes. And of course there will be an after party!
Where can I get tickets?
Tickets can be obtained through the Facebook page, the event page, origintickets.co.uk and anchoredtothesound.com.
How much is it?
Tickets start from as little as £10 adv (deposit option) but you can also buy your ticket outright advance for £17 or show up on the day and pay £20.
How does it work?
The festival is multi-venue. Turn up to the ticket redemption booth at Plymouth University Main Hall and swap in your ticket confirmation for a wristband which will give you access to all 6 stages/venues.