Gizz takes city teens to fes­ti­val big time

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

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. the­mor­ Tick­ets for Down­load Fes­ti­val 2010 are still avail­able. To book or for more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.down­load­fes­ti­val.

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.

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