Much like we endeavour every year before Bloodstock, this year, for Scotland’s Wildfire Festival which kicks off on 22nd June, we’re interviewing every band set to play the stages of Wiston. You get to hear (or read) right from the horse’s mouth who you should be watching over the course of the weekend.
Previous years have seen some excellent acts grace the stages as our reviews can attest to and trust us when we say this year is no different! So get reading and listening so you can plan your coffee/beer/food breaks accordingly…
Our thanks to all the bands for taking the time out to answer our questions!
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
A small town called St Ives in Cambridgeshire.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
About 3 years now. Three of us were in a band together in our teens.
Where does the name of the band come from?
It’s a cheeky dig at the media-created “hollow stars” of today. We couldn’t help ourselves!
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
It’s a big riff filled sound and a modern take on classic rock. Strongly guitar led with solid beats punching through designed to make you want to bounce!
What’s your live show like? Why should people watch you?
We focus on the “show” element so you see lots of bouncing around and sweat! If people wanted to watch people stand still for an hour they can do that at a bus stop! The aim is to make people leave feeling like they have performed.
Have you played Wildfire before? If so, when?
Never before unfortunately. That makes it all the more special for us. Wildfire has an incredible line up of some of the best up and coming rock bands around and we can’t wait to get amongst it all!
What sort of setlist can we expect?
Some old, some new. We want to make the set as big and bold as possible and always saving space for some crowd favourites.
Which band are you most looking forward to seeing?
There is so many it’s hard to choose. One that has never lined up with my calendar space are Aaron Buchanan and the Cult Classics. I saw him with Heaven’s Basement and they were one of the influencers in us starting again with a new band. Also Massive Wagons. Those guys have had a great twelve months and I can’t wait to get to finally watch them live!
What have you got planned for the second half of 2018?
A lot more festivals and shows! We are joining Graham Bonnet for a few dates of his tour in August and have something else special lined up for the end of the year. As it all gets finalised we will reveal all.
What’s been the highlight for the band’s career so far?
To be fair it would change depending on what day you ask me. The love shown for our music is the best thing for me. This is a huge passion for us guys and to see people enjoying it is a great feeling.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
I couldn’t possibly put that in print, could I?!
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
Again this would change every day but as you asked today I will go with Gorilla Riot to open as we gigged with these guys recently and they were awesome. Looking at who’s touring at the moment, I would love it to be a Myles Kennedy show. He is an incredible musician and to share the stage with him would be a dream come true.
What day/time are you playing at Wildfire? (If you have your slot yet!)
We are on the Sunday but no times have been released yet.
Pistonhead Lager, Cloven Hoof rum or Thistly Cross cider? And yes, we’ll be counting the votes!
Cloven Hoof rum for us!