With the standard of her mainstage set at ‘Head for the Hills festival’, Emily Capell has proven herself to be one of the most distinct and exciting acts to be watching right now.

Emily Capell played the Friday night twenty-past-six slot at the North West Festival ‘Head for the Hills’. The singer arrived onstage sporting a Winehouse-esque beehive and a stunning pastel green guitar. Capell arrived to a slightly scarce Ramsbottom cricket club, but it certainly didn’t stay that way for long. The set began with Capell singing alone and the soulful, bluesy tone in her voice quickly drew the crowds who where intrigued about the southerner onstage.

Photo from Head for the Hills Facebook page. Credit: Andrew Allcock

Emily Capell’s music is indie-pop entwined with bluesy twists on a foundation of Rock n Roll, which is an absolute breath of fresh air in the current indie music climate. In an Interview with Subculture, Capell explains how she is a self-confessed Mod-ette who grew up on a diet of Johnny Cash and Madchester which have influenced her sound today. Capell’s tracks cover some social commentary and the ups, downs, and frustrations of life. Singing about general adolescent shite like; knobhead lads, wandering hands, and celebrity lusts.

The charismatic and proud North West Londoner played an array of songs which all feature on her several EP releases. The songs ‘No Worries’ which is a track about people who wear band t-shirts but don’t know who the band are and ‘Ipso Calypso’ were in a class of their own. Both tracks highlighted her prominent accent and the soulful tone to her voice, both were upbeat and exciting with swinging brass solo’s and quick guitar strumming.  The song ‘Brixton Prison’ swayed away from jazz and had a classic rock n roll essence to it, but the slightly melancholy lyrics gave it heart and made it a stand out track of the set.

Other songs Capell delighted the Head for the Hills crowd with were ‘Joey’ which was a funny but loving tribute to footballer Joey Barton from Capell’s beloved West London team, QPR. She also played songs that referenced Tupac and Danny Dyer. On stage Emily said “I wanted to write a song about food banks but it wouldn’t get the number one so I wrote a song about Danny Dyer instead” she laughed but preached about the importance of donating to local food banks after.


She ended the set with the song ‘Bonanza’ which was a homage to the name of the plane that crashed and led to the deaths of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and Big Bopper. Immediately you loved this catchy track, the bouncing drum and guitar drove it forward and the rhythmic brass melody gave the track a glorious fifties heart. If you weren’t up dancing, the rousing scatty trumpet solo would’ve dragged you to your feet for the last chorus and by the end of the set everyone was up twisting, stomping, and chanting Bonanza along with Capell.

Emily Capell was a wonder to watch. Her laid back, chatty persona warmed the hearts of the Lancashire crowd and her distinctive music was new, exciting and a needed breath of exceptional air to the Indie genre. Capell is most certainly establishing herself as an unique and iconic artist within the world of Indie and it’s exciting to see what the next few years will have in store for the North West London singer.

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