2Q Festival kicked off in 2016 with a not-to-be-missed lineup in Derby.

It returned in April of this year and due to its unprecedented success, it’s now expanding to Lincoln where nine venues will host the best of Britain’s indie talent on October 28.

Circa Waves and Peace will be topping the bill, supported by a number of up-and-coming bands who are nothing short of brilliant. We’ve put together a little preview of our top picks from the artists that have been announced so far, just in case you want to get clued up or feel you are spoilt for choice and need a little encouragement!

Liverpool’s Circa Waves are the band about town as of late, following up their hugely successful debut album Young Chasers with the wickedly brilliant Different Creatures. This second album was as dark as it was phenomenal, giving fans a taste of something new while also adding all-important substance to the four-piece. Their headline slot at 2Q Festival Lincoln will be their finale following a long season of festival appearances; a set that will no doubt acknowledge both of their incredible albums and close out the evening in style.

Peace has been flying under the radar since late 2015 as they work on their yet-to-be-named third studio album. They’ve only performed together a handful of times, for either charity gigs or student union shows, the latter of which they only took up because they were made “an offer [they] couldn’t refuse”. While appearing at the NME Awards earlier this year, lead singer Harry Koisser confirmed that the band would be back in action with new material this Autumn, meaning their set at 2Q Festival is bound to be spectacular.

Superfood is everyone’s favourite band right now, thanks to their recent signing to Dirty Hit Records and the subsequent release of their sparkling second album, Bambino. Having performed at festivals up and down the country this summer, they’ll soon be embarking on the first headline tour in support of the new album. You won’t catch another band even vaguely similar to these brilliant minded musicians; their sound is an eclectic mix of all sorts including indie, reggae, pop and more, so they’re sure to be bringing the sunshine to Lincoln — even despite the predicted October rain!

Jaws are proud Birmingham boys who have grown up in the “B-Town” scene but are one of the only bands not to compromise on their morals for a huge recording contract. Simplicity, their second album that was released last year, saw the trio mature into the unstoppable band they are today and so their performance at 2Q is certainly going to be one of the highlights. Soon to be heading into the studio to work on the follow-up, it will also be one of their last shows of 2017 so make sure you don’t miss out!

Clean Cut Kid is nothing short of breathtaking live, so expect this to be a busy one. Lead singer and guitarist Mike Halls provides quality vocal performances that are full of character, backed up by a band who are as skilled as they are cohesive— it’s no wonder that they’ve had the opportunities they’ve had, including supporting the likes of The Killers and The Kooks. Their set will be one to enjoy with your mates (and a pint, if that’s your thing), as Clean Cut Kid’s material is the perfect soundtrack for appreciating your friendships.


One of their smaller bands to grace the lineup, Trash has proved this year that what they lack in fame they make up for in talent. They describe their hobbies as “reverb, anthemic choruses and riffology,” meaning they’re just as dedicated to their art as those who are devoted to them. You’d be silly not to catch them at 2Q Festival, as the intimate set will surely be one of their last— 2018 is no doubt going to propel these indie-pop heroes into the limelight.

Is indie not your thing? Never fear, as 2Q has got you covered. For those with a slightly more alternative music taste, there’s a number of pop-punk and rock bands for you to get your fill on. Our pick is WSTR, pronounced “waster”, who hail from Liverpool and put out their debut album, Red Green, or Inbetween, in January this year. They’ve toured with With Confidence, Seaway and Cute Is What We Aim For, meaning they’re well versed in knowing how to put on a brilliant show.

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