#RSPromotes: We look ahead to the newest big date on the festival calendar.
Festival season is fast approaching, and the first ever Marshall Live Festival is right around the corner! With 10 hours of music on the horizon, we chatted to three of the bands playing - The Hunna, Yonaka and Press to MECO - about what to expect on the big day.
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HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE PLAYING THE INAUGURAL MARSHALL LIVE?
Dan Dorney (The Hunna): “We can’t quite bloody believe that we are topping it, to be honest. I’ve been using Marshall since day one. It’s the only amp [brand] I’ve ever used and we’re really tight with the team there as well. We’ve never actually played a show in Milton Keynes either, so it’ll be really cool as a first.”
Luke Caley (Press To Meco): “It’s really cool. The fact it’s the first time they have actually branded their own festival should generate a lot of interest. I think the line-up speaks for itself, too.”
Theresa Jarvis (Yonaka): “We’ll be releasing our new album the day before so it’ll be the perfect place for us to be able to share it with all different sorts of music fans. People are still saying that guitar music is dead, but I think it’s such a lie, especially now when there are so many amazing voices out there. People are ready for something new.”
WHAT IS IT LIKE WORKING WITH MARSHALL SO CLOSELY ON THIS?
Dan: “The thing is, we started from the bottom and worked our way up. Then to have brands like Marshall supporting you while also letting you headline their festival, it’s very much a pinch yourself thing.”
Theresa: “It’s nice to be recognised in this way. When people who are actually from the music industry show their support it’s really cool.”
Luke: “Even though we’re already signed to their label, there is still the little 12-year-old guitarist freaking out. A big part of why we signed in the first place is because we wanted to be associated with a brand this well trusted and respected. For a lot of bands I’m sure it’s just as cool to be associated with Marshall!”
WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES FESTIVALS SO SPECIAL FOR YOU?
Theresa: “Just being in a massive space in front of loads of people. The fact that you could just be passing a band playing somewhere and end up completely falling in love with them is really special.”
HOW DO YOU APPROACH A FESTIVAL SET COMPARED TO A NORMAL GIG?
Theresa: “I feel like I act a bit cockier. You try and put the confidence into the people that are watching by giving them something a bit extra. When you’re playing a festival you kind of have a bit of a clean slate so you can be even more over the top than usual.”
Luke: “A festival is basically like a support slot. It’s half an hour to showcase what you’re about, so you just play the songs that show off every side of the band.”
Dan: “Festivals are much more daunting, so we make sure we get each other properly gassed up. Ryan [Potter, vocals] usually gives out a really good pep talk. You just make everyone feel like it is us against the world and then go out there and have it.”
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOUR SET?
Dan: “We’re working on a few things, which we’re going to keep as a surprise. We’re trying to get someone to come on stage with us if it’s possible. All I can say is they’re an absolute legend of a guitarist. Aside from that we’ll be playing some new songs. In many ways, this is the beginning of us being able to be exactly who we want to be.”
Theresa: “More than anything we are excited to play new material. I’m not 100 per cent sure what we’re going to be doing, but we want to give that little bit more. I want to add more things to the set that you can grip onto visually and tell more of a story than we have before.”
Luke: “I think up until now our festival sets have been us trying to establish ourselves. Now, I feel like we can have a bit more fun. Maybe we’ll throw in a cover, maybe we’ll keep a song going for a little longer than normal, we will see.”
WHAT ELSE ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING ON THE BIG DAY?
Dan: “We always love going around and watching other bands and seeing what they’re doing which could inspire us in what we do. There are so many cool bands doing so many cool things, so I’m looking forward to checking out the rest of the line-up. We’re in this together after all.”
Marshall Live takes place on June 01 at the MK Arena in Milton Keynes.
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