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Blog: The International Festival Forum (IFF)

2016-05-21 12:04:13

International Festival Forum (IFF)

FanTeamz are set to attend the International Festival Forum next week! We thought we’d give you the low down on what it’s about and discuss a few acts set to showcase their talents at the two day event.

Taking place across various venues in the alternative heart of London, Camden, the two day International Festival Forum is set to become “a new global hub for the music festival business”. With a number of workshops and discussions for festival industry professionals occurring alongside artist showcases, the minds behind the IFF are hoping to “build a dedicated forum for leaders and innovators in the music festival space” while focusing on the importance and exposure of new and upcoming artists.

FanTeamz shall be in attendance amongst major global booking agents and festivals, from United Talent Agency to Live Nation and Glastonbury Festival. We are excited to be a part of the very first exclusive B2B event on the global music festival industry, and so with not long to go until it starts we thought we’d share with you some of our favourite artists set to showcase their talent on the 30th of September and 1st of October. For more information on the event and the full artist lineup, visit the IFF website.

Black Honey

The Brighton dark indie 4-piece begin their first headline tour this October having completed an extensive festival circuit run which included their self-professed dream of playing at Reading & Leeds Festival. Recommended track: Spinning Wheel.


Building up to their first album launch in 2016, Hampshire 3-piece Blaenavon have been driving their riff led indie from strength to strength since leaving school and signing to Transgressive Records. Recommended track: Hell Is My Head.

Fickle Friends

Having received acclaim from DJ Zane Lowe and racked up over 900,000 SoundCloud plays on their first single SWIM, the bands upbeat summer vibe synth-pop is sure to be making more waves over the 2016 festival season with the release of their debut album. Recommended track: Could Be Wrong.

Kelvin Jones

Kelvin had to persuade his parents to let him pursue a career in music – having gone viral and received over 1 million views on Reddit overnight. Now with a major label behind him, the singer-songwriter is certainly one to watch for the future. Recommended track: Call You Home.

Lawrence Taylor

Heralding from Birmingham, Lawrence made his way to London not long ago and ran the London open mic night circuits before his track Bang Bang, performed on Reload Sessions, gave him the platform he needed to gain industry attention. Comparable to the likes of James Bay and Hozier, it’s no wonder his debut EP is so highly anticipated. Recommended track: Bang Bang (Reload Session).

Loyle Carner

Combining old-school hip hop and more modern influences, South Londoner MC Loyle Carner’s relaxed and eloquent rapping style makes his emotive EP ‘A Little Late’ a must listen. We look forward to what a full album will bring. Recommended track: October ft. Kiko Bun.

Norma Jean Martine

Norma’s debut album with Universal Records is set for release in May 2016. Having worked with numerous established artists, producers and writers, the London based New Yorker has honed her song writing craft as well her live performances having toured with the likes of Stevie Wonder and opened the Montreux Jazz Festival twice. Recommended track: No Gold (Sofar London performance).

Public Service Broadcasting

Perhaps one of the more established artists, Public Service Broadcasting have enjoyed ever increasing attention and radio airtime. They have just wrapped up a global tour and achieved regular festival appearances including SXSW, Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party. The two-piece utilise samples from numerous archive sources to form a narrative around their live space-rock-esque sound. Recommended track: Spitfire.

Rat Boy

Real name Jordan Cardy, Rat Boy played his first UK Festival shows including Reading and Leeds, Latitude and The Great Escape. His brand of ‘lad’ indie paints an image of every day Britain, drawing influence from The Clash, Blur and The Streets. Definitely one for any fans of Jamie T.
Recommended track: Sign On.

The Japanese House

19 year old Amber Bain saw her track Still become DJ Zane Lowe’s last ever “Hottest Record” for BBC Radio 1. Only beginning her debut shows this October, The Japanese House brooding alt-pop electronica will be sure to captivate audiences in a wave of ambient sounds. Recommended track: Still.

Tags: artist showcases, festival conference, iff, international festival forum, london festival, proud camden