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11 Acts You Need to Check Out at Citadel Festival

Picture of Ann Lee
Music Editor
Updated: 12 July 2017
Sundays at festivals are usually the day the full force of the hangover kicks in and the horrible back to school dread starts to descend.

Not so at Citadel. Firstly because it’s just one day, so you can arrive feeling fully rested and refreshed. Then there’s the eclectic line-up, which is guaranteed to extend those weekend good time vibes.

Taking place in London’s Victoria Park, the festival prides itself on its friendly atmosphere and chilled out mood. Revellers are more interested in having a leisurely day of good music, food and activities rather than getting ‘on it’.

Sounds like the perfect Sunday to us. We’ve picked out the best acts that will be playing this weekend.


Oxford band Foals have jumped nimbly from dexterous indie math rockers to full-on stadium arena legends. As their sound has evolved, their live performances have always remained a raw and visceral affair, so excitement levels are dangerously high for their only UK festival appearance.


Brighton lad Simon Green, who is now based in LA, brings his pensive electronica to East London. His latest album Migration deals with the themes of travel and belonging. It’s dance music that’ll move your soul.

Laura Marling

Laura Marling briefly quit music to become a yoga teacher but thankfully came to her senses. The folk singer recently explored notions of womanhood on her sixth album Semper Femina. An enchanting live presence, she will be appearing at Citadel as a special guest.

Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts have gone through something of a reinvention. Starting off as a theatrical art rock band, they adopted full-on rock swagger for their last album Boy King. Expect sleazy guitars, Hayden Thorpe’s distinctive falsetto and a funkier vibe on stage this Sunday.

Ry X

Australian singer/songwriter Ry Cuming blends haunting Bon Iver-esque vocals with folk and electronica to create atmospheric melodies that are simply spellbinding.

Michael Kiwanuka

Soul artist Michael Kiwanuka was nominated for a Mercury Prize for his debut album Home Again. His powerful gravelly voice and bittersweet songs about love and heartbreak have already earned him comparisons to greats like Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield.

Nadine Shah

British singer Nadine Shah will be showcasing new material from her upcoming album Holiday Destination at Citadel. The first single ‘Out The Way’ is a thrilling dissection of her identity as a second-generation immigrant born to a Pakistani father and an English mother with Norwegian heritage.

Dan Croll

Dan Croll does a mean line in sunshine pop with killer hooks and quirky melodies that will appeal to fans of Metronomy. Perfect summer listening.

Maggie Rogers

Maggie Rogers became a viral sensation after a video of a speechless Pharrell Williams listening to one of her tracks hit the internet. You’ll be able to hear the song ‘Alaska’ live on Sunday and see what all the fuss is about.

Oumou Sangaré

Grammy Award-winning singer Oumou Sangaré is known as ‘The Songbird of Wassoulou’ for her bold and distinctive voice. A huge star on the world music scene, her songs are often social critiques which take aim at the lack of women’s rights.


Gloucestershire twins Rob and Katy Pearson make dark and brooding pop with echoes of Fleetwood Mac. Catch them now while their star’s on the rise.

But that’s not all…

Citadel isn’t just about the music. There’s lots more to do apart from watching bands. Foodies can also feast on an array of stalls including Patty & Bun, Mac to the Future and Notso Sushi with Los Churros Amigos for dessert.

Sharp’s Brewery, who will be serving up a selection of beers including a one-off Citadel brew from its very own Temple of Doom Bar, will be on hand to make sure no festival-goers are left thirsty. There’ll be a Beer Confessional where you can ‘fess up your sins in exchange for a token.

Plus, you can test your knowledge with Sounds Familiar’s music quiz, expand your brain with talks from The Science Camp and get a workout at the Spandex Stage. What are you waiting for? Time to snap up a ticket here and pack your leg warmers.