Five hot guitar bands to watch this summer

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Childhood formed at Nottingham University in 2010, yet they sound as though they came out of Manchester in 1989.


Reverb-drenched guitars and blissed-out vocals – they're gonna be adored.

Wolf Alice

Ellie Roswell's vocals are pure, clear and folky, but the music of this London band flits wildly between grunge, Britpop revisited and krautpop.

Palma Violets

These Londoners make a raucous noise that could have come from any indie era of the past three decades. They're big NME favourites and have the charm of a raggle-taggle gang to appeal to lapsed Libertines fans.


There's talk of a new wave of psychedelia, and with Toy, the Wytches and Temples it seems to be happening. This Kettering four-piece offer a neat take on Beatles-'66 psych.

Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs

The strangulated yelp is pure Richard Hell or Tom Verlaine, while the snarling, insistent guitars of this promising, retrodelic London band make a further bid to re-join New York's Class of '76.

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