PORTALS Festival has announced a host of further bands for its huge 2023 event, including main stage headliner, the wonderful instrumental legends, MONO from Japan. Also announced includes recently reformed Leicester rock band Maybeshewill, singer songwriter AA Williams whose superb 2022 album ‘As The Moon rests’ graced many AOTY lists recently, Japanese noise rock band Bo Ningen and Atlanta Georgia 2 piece ’68.
Festival organisers Sam and Asher give us some insight into their 2023 headliners and what they mean to them and the event – “When we booked the first ever Portals all dayer at the New Cross Inn (South East London) in 2015, never in a million years did I think we would ever book a band with the stature of Mono. They are true pioneers, defining what we now know as post-rock. Their live show mesmerises and tranfixes you, transporting you to new worlds. The band formed in the late 90s, when we weren’t even in our teens, before we even knew what post-rock was. Around that time, grunge, punk and alt-rock were the weird, experimental, counter-culture music that we and our peers fell into. Who knew that the sonic landscape would be changed so dramatically by stripping away the aggression to the bare bones, and rebuilding music through extreme dynamic range and carefully crafted instrumentation. Mono were one of those bands, and it’s an honour to be able to bring them to such a dedicated, enthusiastic and reverent audience, such as our Portals Festival family.”
MONO, Maybeshewill, AA Williams, Bo Ningen, ’68, Pupil Slicer, GGGOLDDD, Paranoid Void, Straight Girl, El Moono, A-Tota-So and The Broken Islands.
Check out the full lineup below.