Beth Orton has been one of the most beguiling voices in music for the past two decades. Best known for her unique blend of folk and electronica, and collaborations with artists including The Chemical Brothers, she returned in 2016 with the highly acclaimed, joyously electronic Kidsticks.
Dutch Uncles' first appearance at Head for the Hills follows the release of their fifth studio album, Big Balloon, released earlier this year, which showcases their unique blend of art-pop, and takes inspiration from David Bowie's Low and Kate Bush's The Red Shoes.
Essex born songwriter Beans on Toast is something of a cult figure. He's a hippy, a punk, a poet, a drunk, a die-hard romantic and an eternal optimist. Singing simple songs that tackle big issues. Songs that will make you laugh, but also make you think with no holds barred honest lyrics and quick wit.
A hit at Ramsbottom Festival 2016, Pontefract four-piece Glass Caves return following the release of new single Swim, which sees them adopting a more reserved and elegant approach to song-writing.
"This classic, nostalgic sound is energizing and exciting with heavy guitar riffs and a wonderfully northern vocal." GQ Magazine
A fresh-faced four-piece from Manchester, Dantevilles reimagine the sound of the north with their uplifting and soulful brand of indie pop. Clean, canny guitars and dual captivating vocals never compete for space in their unshakable, off-the-wall arrangements.
Rochdale born Becky Langan is a percussive fingerstyle guitarist who explores the outermost reaches of the acoustic guitar through her use of altered tunings, two-handed tapping, percussive tempos and natural harmonic melodies, recording in world class studios such as Abby Road.
Riffs, noise, anarchy and melody, all wrapped up in thoroughly discombobulating clouds of neo-psych pop: Manchester five-piece Heavy on the Magic are the perfect soundtrack to today's frankly bizarre "post-truth" world. They release their debut single Hot Day in the UK in July.
Initially launched as a solo project in 2012 by lead singer Daniel Pye, Yarbo has evolved through memorable live shows, EP releases, line-up changes and a special performance at the Dewey Beach Music Conference in Delaware.
Yarbo returns to the ashes from which it rose, as a four-piece band alongside drummer Andrew Finney, guitarist Anthony Rathbone and bass player Kez Joyce.
Though it's been several months since post-punk trio ist ist released their second single Night's Arm, the whispers surrounding the band have since become a roar. Channelling the likes of Joy Division and Interpol, 2016 saw the three-piece make a name for themselves across Manchester thanks to a smattering of incendiary live shows across the city's grungier establishments.
Handpicking elements of rock, pop and emo in equal measure, SKIES first made their mark on the scene in late 2015. After a packed out London debut at Camden Assembly, and their electric set at Ramsbottom Festival 2016, the feisty two piece are back with their second EP and are more ambitious than ever.
"The first thing that wallops you square in the face is her bone-jarring, dynamic vocals... The second element is the sprawling soundscape she creates... When you bring these two things together, the result is something spectacular, something beautiful, and something memorable." The Revue.ca
Giant Rooks come from a small German town, and delight their audience with an atmospherically dense sound and the powerful voice of singer Frederik. Their live shows are very energetic and their style is unique. On January 20 their new EP was released by Haldern Pop Recordings. Afterwards they played their first headliner tour with 18 sold out shows in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
Ayakara, fast becoming Edinburgh's must see Rock n Roll band, bring their good time, high energy, self-coined "Adrenaline groove for the soul" live show to the fields of Ramsbottom!
"Ayakara stand their ground in a world of new music" Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland
"Ayakara talk of 'recording timeless, seminal albums'. If they stay on the same track, that's not beyond them" Jim Gellatly, The Scottish Sun
Manchester six-piece Young Monarch take influences from Sigur Ros, London Grammar and Foals. Interweaving classical and modern instruments they create a powerful, haunting and heartfelt sound. After receiving airplay on Radio X and BBC Radio 1, this group of young musicians are creating a buzz.
Singer-songwriter Mat Skinner delivers a blend of folk and americana wrapped in a gentle northern voice. Featuring Andy Hargreaves (I Am Kloot), Dean Casement (The Plumedores) and Dickon Kyme-Wright (Tom Hingley's Kar-Pets).
Irish singer-songwriter Seamus Fogarty plays deep psychedelic folk - surreal, gentle and humorous.
Mano McLaughlin is a singer-songwriter from Manchester. He has written and played music all his life. "One of Britain's best songwriters." Guy Garvey in The Guardian
Original, quirky and introspective songs with beautiful vocal harmonies, accomplished musicianship and catchy lyrics to make you think and smile.
The Greyhounds recharge the youthful immediacy of traditional music, lending much renewal to the narrative content of folk songs as to the melodies themselves.
Head for the Hills is proud to welcome Both Sides Now to the festival. An ambitious programme to support female artists, this showcase for the project features music from Ova (Elizabeth Vince) and Avital Raz.