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?
4 of us are from South Wales, Josh is from London who moved to Swansea recently.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
V0iD has been together for 10 years. We’ve recorded and released three albums in that time, they’ve all had decent reviews in the press, but that element of luck that’s needed hasn’t really been on our side at times! We had a quiet year last year so I decided to freshen the band up; we added Chris on lead guitar and Josh Townshend on guitar as well, so this line up has been together for around 6 months, it’s going well so far.
Where does the name of the band come from?
It’s been so long I can’t remember! We spell the name with a zero, as in V0iD, as a void is an empty space or nothing which equals 0. But, we’re aware that people struggle to find us on social media at times, it’s something we’re looking at addressing.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We’re a rock band that has big sing along choruses. I think we have a commercial edge and we’re hugely passionate.
What’s your live show like? Why should people watch you?
It’s energetic, passionate, powerful, melodic. We’re a ball of energy and it seems to transmit well. I think people will really dig it.
Have you played Wildfire before? If so, when?
No, we haven’t! We can’t wait, it’s an absolute privilege to be asked to play.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
A loud one, that will have everyone moving and leave hooky melodies in their heads.
Which band are you most looking forward to seeing?
There’s loads! Massive Wagons, Falling Red, The Rocket Dolls, JOANovARC, Those Damn Crows, Lionheart! It depends when they’re playing though, as we have dates before and after so we’ll only be there for the one day, unfortunately.
What have you got planned for the second half of 2018?
We’re constantly booking shows, we have 30 booked already and more being planned at the moment. We also have an album in the works, that needs to be finished, then once that’s done it’ll be the whole PR cycle, video making etc. We’re really excited for the future!
What’s been the highlight for the band’s career so far?
I don’t know, that’s a good question! We’ve played SXSW in Austin Texas years ago, played the Indigo2 in the O2 Arena, toured with the Graham Bonnet Band, Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons… But with our recent line up, we opened for Anvil in Camden. Their music documentary is one my favourites and one I watched regularly when it first came out, we were buzzing when we found out we were added to the bill! We’ve also just come back from Hard Rock Hell Road Trip in Ibiza, which was so good and so much fun! As well as that, and as cheesy as it sounds, but I love meeting new people who like what we do, it’s really humbling having support from people you don’t know personally; it’s the best part, definitely.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
We played a festival in Belgium and we had a gentleman down the front screaming that he loved us and he wanted to kill us. It was literally “Yeah, I love you guys, I’m going to f’in kill you!” That was a bit mad.
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!
Aw, man, this is tough. There’s so many bands that we owe a debt of gratitude to and so many bands that we’ve played with that are so good at what they do. Falling Red are amazing, Dave their drummer has been particularly supportive of us, JOANovARC we met in Ibiza and they were great and really nice girls as well as having an awesome crew. Both are playing at Wildfire as well so hopefully we can catch up with them! I’d have to go for Burnt Out Wreck to open for us, even though they’d kick our arses and we’d look like novices going on after them! They’re amazing and their manager, Claire, has been seriously good to us and we aren’t sure why! She’s helped hugely and hasn’t wanted anything in return, she’s got a heart of gold! Headliners would be Chrome Molly, we toured with them with Graham Bonnet and they were so good to us as well, and again an absolute monster of a rock band.
What day/time are you playing at Wildfire? (If you have your slot yet!)
We’re playing on the Sunday, so with Massive Wagons and Aaron Buchanan and the Cult Classics. What a line up!
Pistonhead Lager, Cloven Hoof rum or Thistly Cross cider? And yes, we’ll be counting the votes!
I’m a lager drinker so it would have to be a pint of Pistonhead!