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Live Review: Out of the Woods @ The Pickle Factory, London


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Taking the festival’s penchant for uncovering exciting new acts, Out of The Woods presents a series of snapshot performances in the build up to the In The Woods Festival scheduled for a secret Kent location on the first weekend of September.

Pomrad Performing AQFollowing a sell-out first event, the second (out of five) played out as an up-tempo live show at an edgy location in London’s East End venue The Pickle Factory.

Suitman Jungle was first to perform and an act breaking down stereotypes as a City banker character beating out drum and bass on a singular drum. Using only vocals, a loud stand-up cocktail and SPD – SX kit, the unique artist offered a jagged composition of his working day in London. Suitman Jungle took the familiar into unfamiliar territory and presented a raw talent that hasn’t been seen before.

Pleasure Complex offered an alternative, post Brit-pop sound; skipping through various other genres including indie, heavy rock and electro with a sound not particularly conventional but with incredible and catchy pop hooks, like Blur at their Parklife-era high.

Headliners Pomrad, aka Adriaan Van de Velde, and his band ripped the funk out the venue, twisting urban vibes from booming, echoing electro beats, rhythmic bass and soulful vocals to formulate the perfect festival ambiance. The Belgium native’s sounds are an absolute joy to witness live and will sure be a favourite at the In The Woods Festival.

With this event In The Woods have continued with their run of uncovering exciting and vital new acts, which bodes well for the main festival in September. They won’t realise the line-up until one week before the event kicks off but their line-ups have included early performances from the likes of Jack Garratt and Alt-J so it is perfectly placed to see the next batch of big acts before they break.

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