Summer is officially here, and with it comes the obvious plethora of festivals. In Cornwall we are overwhelmed with an eclectic array of them and here at Vulture Hound we’re very excited to be traveling to Leopallooza this year, which is offering a brilliant alternative to the more mainstream and commercial Boardmasters.

Alongside your big hitters such as Maximo Park, Gabrielle Aplin and Clean Cut Kid, the festival is offering something that every music fan can absorb with a varied line-up, including a BBC Introducing stage that truly celebrates the talent that the South West has to offer.

We probably could have written for days about which bands to check out while you’re there, but we’ve narrowed it down to these six acts that we think you’d be absolutely crazy to miss…

1) Pulled Apart by Horses

Immersed in a grungy and alternative splendor, this manically addictive four-piece are likely to obliterate the main stage at this year’s festival – and I for one cannot wait!

Renowned for their dynamic stage presence, these guys have a reputation for setting the bar high, and transforming their audience into sweat-drenched, fiendish maniacs. Expect enough rock fire-power to detonate the stage. (Warning: not for festival goers with weak hearts).

2) Amber Run

Slowing down the tempo and upping the emotion, Amber Run are a tasty addition to this year’s festival – and it would be advisable to catch them while they’re still on the brink of fame. Melodic, euphoric, and subtlety powerful, their set stands poised to be one bore of goose-flesh and moist eyes. Recommended for all, as their innocuous beauty will charm you, regardless of how burly and macho that you claim to be.

3) Vant

Would it even be a festival without a popular, modern guitar-band performing? Probably not. Vant are loud, moreish, and have come a long way since forming in 2014. Regardless of spending a lot of time on Radio 1 however, this group possess something substantial, and their ballsy sound is just made to be performed live. Expect a set of fun loving wildness, and you won’t be disappointed! Hurrah!

4) Haunt the Woods

At some point during the festival there will be a time where everyone wants a quieter moment to witness something beautiful and ethereal. Haunt The Woods are the perfect remedy to this with their folk sound mixing elements of ambience and post rock – not to mention a front-man with the voice to rival the likes of Jeff Buckley and a stage presence that will make the band stand out against their contemporaries.

5) Patrons

Having witnessed the band’s performance during their release show, I can safely say that not only have Patrons released one of the albums of the year, but that they’re also a force to be reckoned with live. This is a band who can simultaneously create those heart rendering goosebumps whilst also crushing your ears with a sound that is both honest, beautiful and aggressive. Not one to be missed for sure.

6) Waxx

Springing out of the ashes of Rosie and the Goldbug, two-piece Waxx have proved many times over that no-one really needs a guitarist. If you’re after heavy distorted bass licks, fun and carefree lyrics. alongside a personality soaked stage presence that leaves you exhausted from not wanting to miss a moment, then you can’t really go wrong with this Cornish act.

We’ll see you there!

By Craig Taylor-Broad & Keira Trethowan