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Divorce, Viji, HotWax, Jess Williamson and Eaves Wilder head up Best Fit's five-day festival of new music

07 November 2023, 10:00 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

The Line of Best Fit returns with the ninth edition of The Five Day Forecast, our annual festival showcasing the very best in new music – with the first names being announced today.

Taking place at The Lexington in London and running across five consecutive nights from 15-19 January, the Five Day Forecast has featured previous Mercury Music prize nominees such as Self Esteem, Jockstrap, Porridge Radio, Black Country New Road.

As a festival dedicated to new music, we're proud to also have hosted early shows from the likes of Pale Waves, Katy J Pearson, Squid, as well as debut UK performances from international acts such as Snail Mail, Soccer Mommy, Gia Margaret, Faye Webster and more.

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London-based Austrian-Brazilian artist Viji is set to bring her easy, sleazy sounds of the '90s to The Lexington on the first night of the Five Day Forecast. Having previously released music on Dirty Hit, she recently signed to Speedy Wunderground to release her debut album, So Vanilla, with the help of AIM Award-winning producer Dan Carey. She will be joined by the likes of Manchester's rising glitchy, alternative pop artist DellaXOZ, and London-based newcomers Keo.

LA-based singer/songwriter Jess Williamson's fifth studio album, Time Ain't Accidental, is a reckoning with loss, isolation, romance, and a personal reclamation. She will be performing her country-inflected alt-pop songs on the second night alongside indie-folk duo lilo who have been friends since childhood, and the 19-year-old Clara Mann whose music is self-confessedly "almost-folk".

Hot on the heels of their North American tour with Royal Blood, rising teenage three-piece HotWax bring their raucous punk to The Lexington, showcasing songs from their second EP, Invite me, kindly. They're joined by mysterious newcomers The Itch whose energetic, electronic take on post-punk is sure to turn some heads. Hastings-based three piece Borough Council are set to complete the lineup on the third night.

Nottingham indie risers Divorce, who recently signed to Gravity/EMI, take on the penultimate evening of the Five Day Forecast armed with sing-a-long choruses and evocative lyrics which tug on the heartstrings. London-based art-rock band Blue Bendy, and Sad Club Records signee Luce Rushton will be joining them.

The final night of the festival sees Secretly Canadian's Eaves Wilder bring her playful songwriting and scuzzy shoegaze songs to the stage alongside London-based singer/songwriter and label mate gglum, who was raised on everything from rockabilly and soul to MTV-era emo. Manchester artist jasmine.4.t, who recently opened for boygenius at their intimate PRYZM show, will also be showcasing her confessional songwriting.

Tickets for each night of the Five Day Forecast go on sale on Friday, 10 November at 10am via DICE and are priced at £12 + booking fee, or you can pick up a five-day pass for £48 + booking fee. To get into the spirit of the festival, RSVP via Facebook, and listen to our Five Day Forecast playlist now.

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