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October 31, 2018



This weekend thousands of music lovers will descend on Lincoln for 2Q festival. Promising an eclectic mix of everything from vibey synth-pop to the grimiest of hardcore punk there’s plenty on offer, but which acts should you be trying to get ahead of the queues for? We’ve picked out 11 of our favourites here for you to consider.

WHO: Ducking Punches
WHERE: Liquor
WHY: Watching Ducking Punches live is an experience that’s hard to describe. Punk spirit. Ambitious arrangements. Unflinching honesty. Dan & co’s songs will make you laugh, cry and undoubtedly try and climb to the top of a human pyramid. Underline twice on your list of bands to watch this weekend.

WHO: Beans on Toast
WHERE: The Drill Hall
WHY: Self-deprecating cult legend who’s wit, humour and obvious talent has seen him warm crowds at festivals and venues far and wide. Simple, honest songs, packed full with humorous personal anecdotes that will leave you howling.

WHO: Honeyblood
WHERE: The Loft
WHEN: 8.45PM
WHY: Glaswegian indie pop duo Honeyblood are joining the 2Q ranks this year and are expected to draw a big crowd. Fuzzed out guitars, pleasantly simplistic instrumentation and a knack for melody has seen them draw praise from the likes of Pitchfork, DIY, Clash, BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio.

WHO: Black Foxxes
WHERE: The Loft
WHY: There’s a reason everyone wants to book Black Foxxes. Appearing at Download Festival, Common People, 2000 Trees, Truck Festival and more in the past couple of years they have cemented themselves as a juggernaut of a live band. Heavy, deep, melodic and sure to delight anyone who catches their set at The Loft.

WHO: Queen Zee
WHERE: Liquor
WHEN: 5.15PM
WHY: Watch Merseyside gang Queen Zee dial up their pedals and deliver a lesson in hooky hardcore-pop lesson in radical politics, taking a wrecking ball to homophobia, misogyny and transphobia throughout their undoubtedly high energy set.

WHO: Northern Captives
WHERE: The Engine Shed
WHY: Lincoln locals Northern Captives have the honour of opening the main stage of this year’s festival at The Engine Shed with what will be their biggest show to date. Expect gutsy indie punk hooks, and melodic flourishes that Moz himself would be proud of.

WHO: Tiger Warsaw
WHERE: Liquor
WHEN: 12.15PM
WHY: Opening up the festivities at the Badlands Festival stage at Liquor are local favourites Tiger Warsaw. Intense post-hardcore sound landscapes that draw you in and keep you there.

WHO: Guts
WHERE: The Swan
WHEN: 7.15PM
WHY: With their new EP ‘Theme Songs’ out this week, the timing of 2Q couldn’t suit Guts any better. Recorded with producer Bob Cooper (Nervus/Catch Fire/Ducking Punches) Guts new EP holds songs that plug the gaps between brit pop, grunge-pop and punk and their live set will attempt to bring them to life in a live setting. One of our favourite local bands.

WHO: The Decomposers
WHERE: The Swan
WHEN: 3.15PM
WHY:  One of the most exciting new bands from Lincoln, Indie-alt-punk quartet The Decomposers formed in mid-2015, and spent a year honing their craft before releasing their debut EP, “Born out of Silence” in the spring of 2016. Unrivalled in the songwriting department these guys pack some meaty hooks and are likely to be trading blows with the very best in the not too distant future. Watch the video below for a lesson in how to write an earworm of a single.

WHO: Sean Blakey
WHERE: Lincoln Drill Hall
WHY: Almost every festival has it’s clashes and unfortunately unless you’ve got a time machine then it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to watch all of our picks on this list. Another contender for the 12PM spot is Sean Blakey. A local tattooer by trade, Sean is also pretty handy with a guitar and writes relatable folk punk songs along the lines of Billy Bragg and Frank Turner that’ll start your day off quite nicely. Get involved.

WHO: Jamie Lenman
WHERE: Lincoln Drill Hall
WHY: Baptised in the early-00’s UK alternative scene Jamie’s formative band Reuben earned their stripes alongside groups like Hundred Reasons, Million Dead, Biffy Clyro and Hell Is For Heroes. Years later Jamie continues to fly the flag for the genre whilst still pushing forward musically and attracting new fans by the day and by the dozen.

These are of course just a snapshot of some of the great talent on offer at 2Q festival and there are dozens of other great artists for you to dig into. Click HERE for a full list and breakdown of timings or click HERE to purchase one of the few remaining tickets.

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