With the recent announcement from the team at BOARDMASTERS FESTIVAL advising who the final headliner is going to be for the August festival, I thought I’d best get my backside in gear and chat to a few bands and artists who were fortunate enough to see their names appear on the famous lineup poster. We’ve been following a North Devon based young chanteuse who has amazed us with her vocal skills over the past couple of years and to see her being recognised and awarded with a slot at THE biggest festival in Devon and Cornwall is amazing, ladies and gentlemen, I give you YAZZY
With the BOARDMASTERS FESTIVAL lineup being announced recently, we wanted to get in early and find out more about some of the bands and acts performing, we kick things off by chatting to Tim Nice who is 50% of BRONX CHEER who’ll be bringing their unique blend of deep, vocal and tech house music vibes to the masses, here’s how we got on….
It’s been a while since we spoke to Jay McAllister, a couple of years even but it didn’t take long to get into the swing of things. We met in the green room of Exeter Phoenix, got comfy, cracked open some beers and had a great chat about touring, Australia, festivals, parenthood and his next album, click the ‘Play’ button below to see how we got on….
Katy Hurt is somewhat of a travelling nomad, she was bought up in New York and now resides back in Blighty where she spends 99% of her days touring the country, performing with her band. We heard that she was supporting the mighty Gangstagrass on a couple of their UK headline tour dates and thought it would be a great opportunity to chat to her at the Exeter Phoenix venue. Sadly, the foul weather (snow, lots of it) scuppered our plans so I had to make do with a phone interview instead. We had a great chat and after a few minutes, realised that we know a lot of the same people, it really was a Twilight Zone moment…..here’s how we got on!
It was back in November 2015 when we last chatted to Cornish ‘acid world rockers’ WILLE AND THE BANDITS, fast-forward three and a bit years to 2019, they had just released their latest album ‘Paths’ and were looking fresh faced, excited at the prospect of heading out on the first leg of their UK tour.
The tour would take them all over the UK and come to a close at the end of March. In April, they head out to Europe to play a ton of live shows before returning to the UK in June to grace a few fields with their presence (UK Festival season). Armed with a box of Sainsbury’s cherry bakewell’s (so rock n’ roll), I joined Wille, Matt and Drew in the green room at the Exeter Phoenix to chat about the new album, touring, funny things that have happened to them at festivals and tons more!
With their fifth studio album Eton Alive set for release on February 22nd followed by a MASSIVE 33 date UK tour, we chatted to the charismatic and utterly captivating Jason Williamson from Sleaford Mods about his work partnership with Andrew Fearn, his loves and loathes of touring and some of the bands and artists that deserve your time….
It was a beautiful day, the recent snowfall had started to thaw and I had an appointment with FRANK TURNER ahead of the penultimate date of the Be More Kind world tour which culminates in a headline show at London’s Alexandra Palace. on February 3rd. We had a good chat about how many shows he has left in him, his forthcoming book, the Lost Evenings gigs in May, playing DJ sets and UK/European festivals, click ‘play’ below to hear the entire interview.
Would you believe it, 4 years have passed since we last chatted to SOUND OF THE SIRENS so it was high time we got together for a natter. We arranged to meet at the Exeter Phoenix at 7pm sharp….at 7:10, they burst through the doors apologising that they couldn’t work out the car park machine and that they had tried to call me but got through to someone called Jamie instead…..NOW, either they mis-dialled or someone called Jamie stole my phone (temporarily) and answered it when Hannah called and then somehow managed to slip it back into my pocket just before the ladies arrived at the venue, my money is on option 1!
Ahead of their set at Exeter Phoenix on January 11th (supporting Joe Talbot’s DJ set) we chatted to Olly and James (Danny and George were still on the M5!) from Bristol based 4 piece HEAVY LUNGS about the music scene in Bristol, their upcoming HEADLINE UK tour, George’s knitted roast, the Bristol homecoming show at The Louisiana, things they CANNOT live without whilst on tour, the BROS documentary, festival likes and dislikes, Riggsy and Olly’s amplifier fetish…..
When we heard that Joe Talbot, the enigmatic frontman from punk band IDLES was paying Exeter Phoenix a visit on 11th January for a DJ set, we thought it’d be nice to chat to one of the bands that will be supporting him on the night. The band are called SPITTING BLOOD and we collared their singer Dave Growler for a few minutes to chat between knocking out festive fodder at the pub where he works, here’s how we got on….
SNEW is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California. Consisting of founders Curtis Don Vito (lead singer), Andy Lux (lead guitar), and Mark Ohrenberger (drums), along with Lenny Spickle (rhythm guitar). SNEW has released four albums, numerous singles and has sustained a steady tour schedule across the US along with occasional major festival appearances. SNEW maintains an international fan base with critical acclaim from major publications and radio around the world. We wanted to find out more about this band so we arranged to have a chat with Curtis Don Vito, here’s how we got on….
We heard that LESS THAN JAKE had recently landed on UK soil and were making their way around the country, playing sold out shows to their loyal followers, we were invited along to Bristol to chat to Chris Demakes from the band about the tour, what they enjoy most about being in the UK and most importantly, how wild the after show parties are, read on to find out all this and more!