And so, with just under a month to go until until this years Tramlines Festival in Sheffield, GIGsoup have selected a group of artists we feel you simply shouldn’t miss.
Leeds 4-piece Clay are todays ‘one to watch’. Having only been together for two years the band have already been given a musical thumbs-up by Zane Lowe and will be playing the legendary Leadmill on the Friday night (22nd July 2016).
It’s been a short jump from local band to gracing the airwaves of Radio1 and one would need to point to the single ‘Sundance’ as the main reason – a wonderful melodic dose of indie that has a quite unique ‘Clay’ sound stamped all over it. ‘Stay Calm!’ followed in March this year to further affirm the bands credentials as serious contenders.
We spoke to the band about their rapid success and what they have in store for this years Tramlines audience…
Summarise your sound in one sentence.
How do you feel about playing at the biggest and most sprawling Tramlines Festival yet?
Its been a dream of ours to play The Leadmill for a very long time, so to be able to play it within Tramlines Festival is a really big buzz for us. The lineup is insane, and we’re very excited to be playing alongside some sick acts.
There’s some great hidden gem venues dotted around Sheffield – have you got any fond past memories in the Steel City?
When we played Tramlines last year at The Rocking Chair, it was rammed and some special Sheffield faces in the crowd! We loved it so much, we’re coming back to The Rocking Chair on our tour in August. 10th August is going to be insane.
Arctic Monkeys or Pulp?
Arctic Monkeys any day.
What’s been your favourite past gig, and why?
Reading Festival 2015, was just something else. Writing music and getting you to a place like that is one thing, then having a packed crowd singing your songs is another. Very humbling.
What was the most surreal moment in your musical career?
We had just played a show in Liverpool last year on my birthday and caught the news on twitter that Zane Lowe was leaving Radio 1. We were gutted as it had been a dream of ours to be played by Zane. Literally 10 mins after we saw the news he was leaving we got a call saying that he had made our track ‘Sun Dance’ one of his last ever ‘Next Hype’s. Mind completely blown.
What music is getting you excited at the moment?
Really loving American band Lany at the minute.
What are your 3 festival essentials?
Breakfast bars, matches, a nokia phone. Don’t take your iPhone man, disastrous.
Finally, what have you got in store for your performance in Sheffield this summer?
A whole new live show, very excited as to what we do live now. A real experience.
Anything else you’d like to tell us before we set you free to entertain the sun-seekers and muso’s of Sheffield?
We’re about to go on our debut headline UK tour in August to coincide with the release of our EP ‘Heaven’.
August 6th – Night and Day Cafe, Manchester
August 7th – Studio 2, Liverpool
August 8th – The Moon Club, Cardiff
August 9th – The Cookie, Leicester
August 10th – The Rocking Chair, Sheffield
August 11th – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
August 12th – Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen
August 13th – Brudenell Games Room, Leeds