5 NECK DEEP’S POP-PUNK CORO­NA­TION

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reading Leads -

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

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