Born in Hackney, East London, to Ghanian parents, COCKNBULLKID aka Anita Blay is not the most conventional of pop stars. Fortunately this does little to slow how rapidly she established herself as one our brightest pop hopes. She has spent the past 4 years exploring all manner of influences (from Moz to Madonna, M.I.A to Little Richard), forging a wholly distinctive sound, and marked an official career ‘kick off’ with her debut single on Metronomy’s 7” label last year as a collaboration between Anita and Metronomy founding member Joe Mount.
CocknBullKid’s style, it should be said, resides firmly on the dark side of pop. There’s an almost Trojan quality to it – Anita’s ever-expanding repertoire is a subversive, sometimes sinister, and always sublime mix of sex, death, ugliness, wit and depravity, found amidst The Everyday and pegged onto supremely inventive pop melodies. “I’ve always thought pop should never just be saccharine” she says, “It should be black and tortured too. There’s no point otherwise.”
Having played all the major UK festivals in the summer of 2008 and headlined the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury, thecocknbullkid played live on Later With Jools Holland whilst still unsigned. A rare but deserved occurrence. Anita and her three piece band then went on to support Santogold before touring with CSS, Metronomy and Late of the Pier.
19-year-old Tampa Bay rapper DOMINIQUE YOUNG UNIQUE, the self-styled “Robles Park princess,” mixes model good looks with potty-mouthed lyrics delivered in a hyperactive double-time flow. Although constantly being compared to M.I.A. spawn Rye Rye, Dominique is assuredly exemplifying that she is incomparable. Although constantly being compared to M.I.A. spawn Rye Rye, Dominique is assuredly exemplifying that she is incomparable.
VISIONS OF TREES are Joni and Sarah, a brilliant two-piece from London who make hazy tropical pop music that shares a similar woozy electronic mood to Teengirl Fantasy, only swamped in Liz Fraser-esque vocals
PLUS Primary 1 DJ set + Summer Camp DJs + Little Boots DJs + Rowdy Superstar DJs