Gizz takes city teens to festival big time
HE has toured with one of the UK’s biggest acts but now city musician Gizz Butt is preparing to take his own band to one of the biggest festivals in the world.
Gizz Butt and his band The More I See have – featuring teenage musicians from Peterborough – have been confirmed to play at rock and metal festival Download Festival, at Donington Park, on June 12.
Gizz (43) toured as a session guitarist with The Prodigy during the mid-1990s and has previously played at Download before with Sabbat.
But Gizz, who teaches music at Hampton College and the Voyager School in Walton, says he is more excited about showcasing his own band’s brand of thrash metal.
He said: “It’s a bit surreal because Download is somewhere where you always want to play.
“I’ve played there before but this time it’s a show of songs I have written and we are promoting our album which makes it extra special.
“When we get on stage and we hear the songs coming together at one of the biggest festivals in the world, it’s going to be amazing.
“When I was 21, I was going out to festivals and seeing bands like Metallica and Guns ‘N’ Roses. So, when I finally get there with my own band it will be amazing.”
The band, which also features guitarist James Culver (19), bassist Drew Markwick (19), drummer Harri Wright (17) and singer Peter Ellis (24), will take to the Jagermeister acoustic stage on Saturday - day two of the three day festival.
They will be playing among some of the world’s biggest bands, including headliners Aerosmith, Rage Against Machine and AC/DC.
The announcement for the five-piece is even more impressive considering they only confirmed their current line up in November.
However, despite some pre-show nerves, Gizz is confident The More I See, who rehearse at Harri’s family farm in Bourne, will show the crowds exactly what they are all about.
He added: “It’s going to be nerve wracking. It’s a 30-minute set and we’ve started rehearsing for it and trying out different songs.
“Hopefully it might open up something for us and maybe we’ll be able to get out to Europe to perform.”
For more information on The More I See, visit www. themoreisee.com Tickets for Download Festival 2010 are still available. To book or for more information, visit www.downloadfestival. co.uk
READY TO ROCK: The More I see - (from left) Gizz Butt, Drew Markwick, Peter Ellis, James Culver, Harri Wright - who are set to play at Download Festival. Below, Gizz Butt.