"People aren’t at the shows because they heard it on the radio or saw it on a billboard, they found my music themselves. Everyone’s there because they care and they sing hard."
In case you missed the exciting news, Lights has been announced as a part of the 2019 Slam Dunk line-up! To celebrate her first return to the UK in over three years, we caught up with her about what to expect from her first UK appearance since 2016.
This is the first time you’ve played Slam Dunk!
"I’m stoked! I’ve heard it's Warped Tour in a weekend, UK style. Everyone I know who’s gone has had fun, so I’m ready to relive my Warped experiences across the pond. Some of the bands I grew up on, like NOFX and Glassjaw, are playing so I’m excited. I definitely won’t be telling Daryl Palumbo I made a sculpture of him in high school."
This will also be the first time you've been to the UK since 2016 - what's changed for you since then?
"God, that feels like a century ago. I feel like things have changed a ton. I haven’t even been on UK soil with my red lid - a travesty! My confidence in myself has skyrocketed since 'Skin & Earth' I think, with pulling off an entire album-tied graphic novel on my own and managing to follow through on things I never thought I could. I love playing shows more than ever. I have a whole other album of songs I love playing that I didn’t have before."
What’s your best memory of playing the UK?
"Ah man, from selling out King Tuts in Glasgow a couple times and getting their signature whiskey as a reward, to that cool ass boat venue in Bristol, seeing so many fans come out at Scala in London for us one year, to the vibes we get in Manchester we don’t see anywhere else. A lot of it involves drinking and Nando’s, I think that’s the backbone of most of the memories. When I play in the UK it still feels like a secret club and it’s really special. People aren’t at the shows because they heard it on the radio or saw it on a billboard, they found my music themselves. Everyone’s there because they care and they sing hard."
What’s the biggest difference in your live show when it comes to a festival set vs. headline show?
"Shorter and sweeter I suppose. That’s the idea anyway. Play 30 minutes of your best bangers, please the fans that are there and draw people in that don’t know who the hell you are. Also, most of the time they are throw-and-go-sets, no soundcheck so you’re just crossing your fingers all the gear works and everything sounds fine, so there’s that intensity in the set that keeps you working your hardest."
And one last one... How is the acoustic version of ‘Skin & Earth’ coming along?
"I’ve actually completed all the recordings and location filming (hint hint) and I’m just in the editing and mixing phase, trying to make sure it captures each feeling perfectly. I twitter-polled and discovered people wanted some new songs too so you might get a couple of those as well!"
Lights joins the likes of headliners All Time Low and Bullet For My Valentine, plus New Found Glory, Waterparks, Trophy Eyes and iDKHOW on the line up.
Slam Dunk 2019 will take place on May 25 in Leeds and May 26 in Hatfield, with tickets available here.