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FES­TI­VAL North West Fes­ti­val, Satur­day, Au­gust 19, Civic Cen­tre Gar­dens, Port Hed­land, tick­ets $10. Visit porthed­

In­die-rock five-piece Boy & Bear are head­ing up to the Pil­bara for the first time to play along­side Spi­der­bait and Vera Blue for this year’s North West Fes­ti­val.

Boy & Bear drum­mer Tim Hart said the band are “su­per ex­cited” to play af­ter a quiet year of few gigs.

“Ev­ery record we’ve done a re­gional tour off our own bat and any chance we get to go out to re­gional ar­eas to do fes­ti­vals or one-off shows we do,” he said.

“We think it’s re­ally im­por­tant to get out and do shows in re­gional ar­eas so peo­ple don’t have to travel to cap­i­tal cities to see ma­jor bands; so we’ve al­ways done that since we started.”

The band are tak­ing it easy in 2017 writ­ing and pre­par­ing for their next al­bum which they plan to start record­ing next year.

“We’re not in the stu­dio yet — we’ve been writ­ing and do­ing demos,” Hart said.

“Since about March this year we had sort of two or three months off af­ter we fin­ished tour­ing this last record and we started writ­ing.” Their last al­bum Limit of Love, re­leased in Oc­to­ber 2015, peaked at num­ber one on the Aus­tralian mu­sic charts.

Limited of Love isn’t the first al­bum of theirs to hit num­ber one; since up­load­ing their first track to Triple J Un­earthed eight years ago the band have gone from strength to strength.

Boy & Bear ce­mented them­selves as ones to watch af­ter they hit the scene with the re­lease of their first EP With Em­peror Antarc­tica in 2010 and played count­less shows and fes­ti­vals across the coun­try.

Since then, they have gone on to make many ap­pear­ances on Triple J’s Hottest 100 lists and win sev­eral ARIA awards in­clud­ing Al­bum of the Year for their 2011 record Moon­fire.

Hart said if his 2009 self could see where the band was to­day he would be “com­pletely blown away”. “We’ve been re­ally for­tu­nate and at the same time we’ve worked re­ally hard for it,” he said. “You can’t ever pre­dict that the mu­sic you write in your garage or your bed­room is go­ing to be some­thing that con­nects with mu­sic fans and that’s been amaz­ing for us to be able to tour around the world and just do what we love as a ca­reer — it’s just such a gift and such amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity.”

Hart said he was ex­cited to share the stage with Spi­der­bait and Vera Blue.

“I haven’t seen Spi­der­bait since I was in high school — it’s go­ing to be pretty in­ter­est­ing,” he said.

“These fes­ti­vals it’s al­ways worked re­ally well, es­pe­cially when you get the weather and it sounds like we’re go­ing to.”

Boy & Bear play at the Civic Cen­tre Gar­dens on Satur­day, Au­gust 19. Visit porthed­

Tim Hart (back left) with Boy & Bear band­mates. The band will per­form on Au­gust 19 at the Civic Cen­tre Gar­dens.

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