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With LIMF just over three weeks away, we’ve picked out some under the radars artists you won’t want to miss at this year’s festival. From Anwar Ali and Dave Owen to LIMF Academy most ready artist, Mary Miller, we’ve got you covered.



ALI HORN, of Strange Collective fame, brings anthems that are made to soundtrack warm summer days, just like the (hopefully) beautiful July weather at LIMF. His debut single, Days Like Today, takes abstract reverb and plays bold, Britpop-esque guitar work over the top, creating something familiar without being nostalgic.


With influences such as The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Allah Las, JO MARY bring blues and rock ‘n’ roll to LIMF. The sound of raw guitar and pounding toms is to be expected, yet, the band’s piano fills makes their set dynamic, freely moving between their world of bluesy guitar rock.

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Formed in late 2015, PINK KINK have established themselves to be one of the North West’s best unsigned bands. Having already supported the likes of The Moonlandingz and Hooton Tennis Club, all without even a single or Soundcloud demo, their explosive mix of post-punk, electro, glitter and noise is something that must be seen to be believed.

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Hip hop and electronic beep boops collide with a singer-songwriter style with the music of JOSEPH MOTT.  The result is something that takes generously from both genres, without compromising the sound of either. Overall, Mott produces something that can satisfy both the folk music crowd and the underground electronic scene.


Taking notes from artists ranging from Burial to Frank Ocean and Nancy Sinatra, MARY MILLER chops up drum loops and samples with borrowed tremolo guitar from the 50s, creating an otherworldly sound. The result is retro guitar pop being seamlessly merged with electronic and hip hop elements. To quote Mary herself: “It’s dream pop, but darker!”


MARVIN POWELL deals in fragile, fingerpicked guitars and gorgeous lyrics. His debut EP, Sand, is highlighted with 70s folk from Nick Drake and Bert Jansch, but also modern artists, such as Ryley Walker. This leads to something that takes classic songwriting skills and breathes new life into it.


HANNAH’S LITTLE SISTER were formed by small Northern working-class towns and wear their background of their sleeves. The band themselves have found an outlet in making grungey power-pop, filled with angst, Burnley accents and wit. With no original recordings under their name out in the open yet, expect something in your Spotify recommendations by the autumn!

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BLUE SAINT is a Congolese, Liverpool-based rapper who uses his music to tell stories. He released a series of semi-autobiographic EPs, entitled Enter Mynd, which marries together hip hop, RnB and electronica with spoken word and poetry, leading him to perform alongside spoken word artists like Saul Williams and Salena Godden.


ANWAR ALI is a refugee from the Bajuni Islands off the Somalian coast. DAVE OWEN is a skilled guitar player from Oswaldtwistle. Having met in Liverpool, the pair bring together acoustic guitar and oud, making music shaped by everything from Norwegian folk to traditional music from Somalia. The result is simply joyous!

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LIMF Summer Jam takes place from 20th to 23rd July at Sefton Park. Read our round up of the festival here.

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