8 April, 2016
Thousands of you voted for your favourite acts from our ten, very talented, semi-finalists.
Votes have now been counted and verified, so we can reveal your six amazing LTBMA finalists for 2016… (drum roll please!)
This seven-piece describe themselves as “poppy-funk with a sneaky bit of Reggae and Ska.” Band members are spread across Dorset, from Bridport to Shaftesbury to Guildford. Expect good fun party tunes – the band supported previous Larmer Tree act La Pegatina on their Dutch club tour in December 2015.
Hailing from Bournemouth, with access to lush landscapes and quiet beaches, this three-piece draws their influences from the surrounding natural beauty to create a unique blend of searching, psychedelic pop.
Originally from Warminster, now based in London, singer-songwriter Bella’s no stranger to Larmer Tree Festival. In fact, she first busked in the Gardens aged thirteen to raise money for some fairy wings! With vocal references to Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James, via Caro Emerald (on this year’s Larmer Tree line-up) and Alicia Keys, Bella’s swinging jazz/soul/pop music will get you dancing.
Another finalist from Bournemouth, Jazz is a singer-songwriter with beautiful soul-influenced, electronica sounds. She’s supported artists including Gabrielle Aplin (on this year’s Larmer Tree Festival line-up) and has been compared musically to the likes of London Grammar and Jessie Ware.
Formed in early 2014, this Southampton four-piece have been working hard behind the scenes to write, record and practice. Inspired by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Rage Against the Machine, Eric Johnson, and Jimi Hendrix, be prepared for a big, classic rock sound that hits you with a clean modern twist.
The Neighbourhood Strange
“Edgy, punk-tinged, psychedelic garage-rock” is how this five-piece based in Salisbury describe their sound. The band have attended Larmer Tree Festival many times before as audience members, but could they be performing here this year?
All six finalists now go through to the Larmer Tree Breakthrough Music Awards 2016 Live Final, at 60 Million Postcards, Bournemouth on Saturday 16th April at 7pm. They’ll battle it out in front of a panel of industry experts including festival founder and director James Shepard, Kristian Davis-Downs, Label Manager at Naim Records and Simon Emmerson, esteemed producer and member of Afro Celt Sound System (who’ll be appearing at Larmer Tree Festival on Friday night) to be crowned LTBMA16 winner and play the festival! Make sure you’re there!
Listen to your finalists ahead of the Live Final…