5 NECK DEEP’S POP-PUNK CORONATION
a week on from The release of Their 5k-rated second album, r&l will crown neck deep as The kings of pop-punk THIS IS YOUR THIRD TIME BACK IN FOUR YEARS, DO YOU FEEL LIKE READING & LEEDS REGULARS?
BEN BARLOW (VOCALS):“YEAH, a little bit. It’s always an honour to be asked to play a festival a bunch of times like that. It’s a festival that I grew up going to, so even the first time we played it, it kinda felt like home. I knew the score, I knew what was going on.”
WHAT ARE YOU DOING SO RIGHT THAT THEY KEEP ASKING YOU BACK?
“Drawing bigger crowds with a lot of kids coming to our shows, I guess. Reading & Leeds always puts on a good mix of music.that’s the beauty of it, it’s very varied and I think we appeal to that crowd.we serve the pop-punk crowd well, but there’s a few different elements as well and we plug that gap nicely.”
HOW DOES PLAYING THE TENT COMPARE TO THE MAIN STAGE?
“We have done both and this time we’re headlining The Pit / The Lock Up stage. In the tent it’s more intimate, there’s a little bit more of a vibe.when it’s bursting and it spills out of the sides it’s a good feeling, knowing that many people are trying to watch you.the Main Stage is a completely different beast. It’s quite a big deal and it is more nerve-wracking.that stage is fucking huge.they both have their appeal but I think I edge towards the tent.”
WHEN YOU WENT AS A FAN DID YOU DO THE FULL CAMPING, IN THE MUD EXPERIENCE?
“Absolutely, all that good stuff! Leeds was the first festival I went to in 2011 and I would almost say it was a life-changer. Going to a festival, meeting people, experiencing the whole vibe and just being without your parents for a weekend. I was so stoked on just experiencing the festival itself that I don’t think I actually saw many bands!”
YOUR NEW ALBUM WILL HAVE BEEN OUT JUST OVER A WEEK – IS THAT PERFECT TIMING FOR THIS SHOW?
“Yeah, I hope that as the festival rolls around people will know the words and they’ll have picked their favourites and be stoked to hear it. Playing new songs live is always good and the fans enjoy it but there’s still that lull as they try to figure it out. Even for us it can be a bit weird because you’ve got to figure out the vibe. It’s always nervewracking but we’ll be throwing in a few new ones along with a few surprises.”
ARCHITECTS ARE PLAYING THE SAME DAY – MIGHT AN APPEARANCE FROM SAM CARTER, WHO GUESTS ON THE ALBUM, BE ONE OF THE SURPRISES?
“Hmm… I don’t know about that (laughs).you’ll have to come to the show and have a look!” THE PIT / THE LOCK up; L: FRIDAY, 10:10PM; R: SUNDAY, 10:30PM