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American tourists treating the world as their playground and then being punished for it is now a favourite horror trope. This time we're in Mexico, where a quartet of young holidaymakers have abandoned their hotel pool in favour of visiting some Mayan ruins.

Redjetson, Luminaire, London

It’s not been a good couple of years for Essex/London-based Redjetson. Dropped by their label Drowned in Sound after releasing their 2005 debut album, in the midst of recording their follow-up this past year, one of their six members left. “It’s been about 12 months since we played a show,” singer Clive Kentish states.

The Twilight Sad, 100 Club, London

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Explosions in the sky, Astoria, London

Texan rockers Explosions in the Sky were born on the fourth of July as they watched the celebratory fireworks nine years ago. Since releasing their third album The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place in 2003, the quartet's word-of-mouth success has established them as the inheritors of Mogwai and Godspeed You Black Emperor's brooding instrumental post-rock. It was only so long before they would follow in Mogwai's footsteps, having been selected to curate the next instalment of the discerning indie fans' festival All Tomorrow's Parties, in May.

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Sigur Ros, Somerset House, London

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