Mac DeMarco is coming down to Margate this weekend to headline Bird On The Wire’s 10th anniversary celebration at Dreamland. The one day festival will be held on Saturday 29th June, along with a host of “good friends and acquaintances” such as Aldous Harding and Tirzah bringing the party to the East Kent coast.
The park will open at 12pm ready for ticket holders to enjoy unlimited access to fairground rides throughout the day, alongside performances starting from 1pm across two stages. Sunny pop rock South Londoners Blueprint Blue will open the Scenic Stage outside while the curiously unique Kirin J Callinan will get things going over in Hall By The Sea.
Other acts invited to the party are lo-fi indie pop trio Girl Ray, providing an effortlessly lush soundtrack to the afternoon. This group may come across sweet and breezy, but don’t be fooled, listen closely and they might just break your heart. Meanwhile Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth fame will be whipping up something sludgy in the shade of the hall. Quite clearly well established with contributions to many other bands as well as the running of Ecstatic Peace! – his own record label, Moore is an absolute must see this weekend.
Next on each stage are Yellow Days and Amyl & The Sniffers. The former, otherwise known as George van den Broek, boasts a blissfully laidback vibe; sit back and listen to Yellow Days, drifting in to a daze of delicately layered sounds and soulful vocals. If the sun is getting to your head, then pop on over to the hall for Amyl & The Sniffers. Here you will find less haziness. Instead, these Melbourne punks will be stepping up the energy ready for the evening ahead. Having recently released their debut album, this band are likely to be riding a certain high which will no doubt fuel an even more riotous affair.
Aldous Harding follows on the Scenic Stage with new album Designer released with 4AD earlier this year. A far cry from the guttural punks that play before her, Harding’s sweet folk songs are set to leave the crowd swaying peacefully to mystifying vocals. There may be a calm exterior but not without a heavy degree of underlying intensity, which can be envisaged to burst out towards the later part of the set.
Meanwhile, Tirzah will close Hall By The Sea, stearing to something more rhythmic, laden with beats as soft vocals course us through, but it’s not all as simple as that. The Londoner’s set of tracks are likely to make unexpected twists and turns to the new listeners in Margate this weekend, but not without some sense of continuity. There is a broad spectrum to her sound, but everything is so closely connected that it makes complete sense. An artist who has to be heard to be understood, Tirzah is highly likely to be a stand out act.
Mac DeMarco will then take to the Scenic Stage at 7:30pm, and quite frankly, anything could happen. With the release of his fourth full length album, Here Comes The Cowboy in May this year, those at Dreamland can indeed expect to hear new chilled out songs such as Nobody and All of Our Yesterdays, as well as some old favourites from the good old Salad Days. Still, you never truly know what to expect at a show with DeMarco; his songs might be easy going on record, but bring them to a stage, particularly one that just so happens to be outside at peak summer time, there is no knowing what kind of show you will be getting, and that’s just half the fun.
Tickets for the weekend start from £41 and can be bought here.