Summer Camp

One of Bestival’s most anticipated acts, even for a bill packed with aural treats, Summer Camp did not let the side down, proving to be one of the Isle of Wight festival’s stand-out acts.  The indie pop duo formed in 2009 by by multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Warmsley and vocalist Elizabeth Sankey, released their debut EP Young EP in 2010, and first full length album Welcome to Condale in 2011. The White Stripes husband-wife thing survives only until the first chord is struck when it becomes apparent that Summer Camp have a style all of their own, a kind of synergy of Eighties synth-pop and Sixties girl group.  And beneath their up-beat “21st Century Alt. Pop” melodies lurk dark lyrics featuring failed relationships, sinister happenings and teenage obsessions. Look out for songs like City from their Always EP, old school pop through the looking glass, at once futuristic and retro. Hear it once and you’ll be humming it all afternoon. With critical and crowd praise at a high, Elizabeth Sankey is frequently gracing the likes of the Guardian to opine on marriage, pesto and the importance of a good pair of shoes…

Pierfrancesco Pacoda

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