Santogold - Hot metal


This genre-bending 32-year-old ex-punk has been proving the pundits right this year, after bringing out her self-titled debut album in May. She was one of those lava-hot ‘ones to watch’ for 2008, and if the response to the Philadelphia-born lady’s colourful mash-up of reggae, hip hop bhangra, rock and electronica is anything to go by, she’s well worth the hype.

Fizzing with energy and 24-carat attitude, Santogold (real name Santi White) flips a middle finger in the face of anyone who dares suggest that soul, hip hop and ska won’t go together. In this lady’s world they certainly do, and it’s a blend which has brought about comparisons with her friend M.I.A., not to mention an album that sounds like a glittering magpie’s nest of robots, dreadlocks and tacky animal prints.

She’s learned her trade doing A&R for Epic Records then leading a ska/hip hop outfit Stiffed and fulfilled a longtime ambition when she guested on Mark Ronson’s Version with ‘Pretty Green’, but it’s her own ‘LES Artistes’, ‘I’m a Lady’ and ‘Shove It’ that are bound to get the Hydro Connect crowd really going radio rental.

Oyster Stage, Sun


Returning for a second year after its successful debut the boutique festival has corralled headliners Kasabian, Manic Street Preachers, Bloc Party, Paolo Nutini, Grinderman, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros and Goldfrapp. There will be five stages: 'The Oyster stage', 'Guitars and other Machines', 'Manicured Noise', 'Unknown…

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