We at Rockstone love to discover new or unknown festivals. That’s why we don’t want to keep Dockville at Hamburg, Germany, from you. This three day festival is affordable and has a crazy, bad ass line-up. You won’t find guys like Robbie Williams or Madonna there, but hey, who needs them when you have Caribou, Interpol and Django Django? If you are into indie-pop or want to dance five hours straight on Berghain level sets, we guarantee that you will have an awesome time at Dockville. Artists like Chet Faker, The Mighty Oaks, Fritz Kalbrenner, performed at the stages of Dockville before they became all big and famous, so this festival is also the perfect place to discover new, upcoming bands and artists. And since you might not feel like doing homework so much during your vacation, we did some pre-listening for you! Here are ten musicians you definitely want to check out on Dockville!

By: Layla Bil

1. Little Dragon (SWE)

These guys – and one girl – from Sweden make you want to dance instantly. Their sound is a surprising mixture between dream-pop, trip-hop and neo-soul. And even though this looks like a full coverage of their sound, these terms don’t cover it entirely. The music is original, energetic and new. It follows the lyrics and vice-versa. The title, ‘Klapp Klapp’, of their first track on the album is original based on the music instead of the lyrics. Klapp Klapp, yes we will!


2. Ásgeir (ISL)

What a job they do in the high North these days, Aurora, Little Dragon and now this guy, Ásgeir, pops up with his charming folk based sound and soft voice. His album In the Silence was first released in Icelandic and later translated to English, but the music and meaning of the lyrics remained the same. Which is a good thing because his tunes are so catchy that you might want to sing them along!


3. Odesza (USA)

Oh man, we are going to get spoiled during Dockville! You definitely want to check out Odesza’s wavy beats as they make the perfect company for a summer road trip. This duo from the USA make their own sound that could be described as indie-electro pop with influences of house. Anyway, if you like Flume and Bonobo, it is time to add Odesza to your collection.


4. The Avener (FR)

This French man from Paris mixes old blues songs into brand new deep house-soul. Beautiful voices that sing to the beat and the addition of blues guitar sounds make The Avener an artist to keep an eye – and an ear – on!


5. Rødhåd (DK)

Done with the good goody, rabbit-dance-techno music? Time to go deeper underground. Time to submerge into a dirtier kind of techno, one with a punk and industrial attitude. Rødhåd, Redhead? We struggle with the name as well, but who cares? This red-bearded dude will make you dance, far far out of your comfort zone!


6. STWO (FR)

Yes, France bring your music on! This dance music has the sunny Sunday morning vibe. STWO is from Paris and his music contains elements from trap, trip-hop and house but is so easy going that you might as well continue chilling in your hammock or couch, instead of getting up and start dancing like a maniac.


7.Recondite (D)

There is something about Recondite. In the electronic scene there are many different colours and shapes, but nothing like Recondite. He is careful without hesitation, strong without being loud and draws the attention in a very modest way. His subtle sound makes him an exotic creator in the scene. This is for sure someone you want to check out!


8. Talisco (FR)

We at Rockstone are waiting for this tune to go viral on all the radio stations. This French man makes just the perfect sound for it. It’s easy listening with a little edge.


9. Sylvan Esso (USA)

Singer songwriter Amelia Meath and electronic producer Nick Sanborn make an extraordinary duo since 2013. Together they produce beautiful singer songwriter electro pop. Amelia Meath puts her lyrics surprisingly easy with the laid back distortion sounds of Nick Sanborn. Very worth listening too because you really want to hear her voice!


10: Young Fathers (UK)

These four artists from the UK make something totally different from most of the music that is being made nowadays and still, it enchants you right away. The last album White Man Are Black Man Too contains a mix of avant garde rap, soul and souled tracks. This band has been together since 2008 and you can hear and see that. Their sound is very original and balanced. And, how one of them explains it in an interview: “I would not have so much fun doing it, if the sound was not our very own.”

Feel like going? Then do not make any other plans for the weekend of August 21, 22 and 23! Get your tickets here!