A welcome re­turn

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - LIVE MUSIC -

TY­BER Cranstoun says per­form­ing at PennFest will be one of the high­lights of his year.

Ty­ber said: “I am to­tally look­ing for­ward to the fes­ti­val. The or­gan­iser is an ab­so­lute gen­tle­man and the fes­ti­val has a great feel to it. It is less about money-mak­ing and more about the mu­sic and peo­ple want­ing to have fun.”

Reg­gae and ska band The Dualers hail from Croy­don and re­leased their first al­bum in Novem­ber. They’re old favourites at PennFest, hav­ing brought the house down last year.

“It was a glo­ri­ous day last year, ev­ery­one was in a good mood and the crowd was very much up for it,” said front­man Ty­ber.

“To have peo­ple singing along and danc­ing to the mu­sic was fan­tas­tic.

“I loved the lo­ca­tion, the area is re­ally, re­ally nice.”

He added: “Reg­gae is very sim­ple mu­sic, it strikes a chord with peo­ple, it isn’t com­pli­cated.

“I don’t think that you can com­pare our mu­sic to any­one else’s.

“We are very en­gag­ing, ap­proach­able and up­lift­ing.

“It is reg­gae with a cool edge to it, peo­ple think it is al­ways other mu­sic that is cool.”

He de­scribed the band’s var­ied fan base to a post of­fice queue, any­one, from goths to skate­board­ers to grannies. When asked about tips for peo­ple who want to get their foot in the door in the mu­sic in­dus­try, Ty­ber said: “It is the old cliché that peo­ple have to be­lieve in them­selves.

“You have to start some­where, you won’t be Jimmy Hen­drix within a month. You need to learn about what you can do.”

“PennFest is in the top two or three fes­ti­vals of my year and I am over the moon that we are com­ing back.”

The band will per­form on the main stage at PennFest on Fri­day, July 17.

For more in­for­ma­tion about PennFest, see www.pennfest.net. Visit www.the dualers.com for more about the band.

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