British In­dia visit with farewell tour

South Western Times - - Entertainment - Cal­lum Hunter

Aussie rock band British In­dia are re­turn­ing to the South West next month as part of their na­tional Nic the Poet Farewell tour.

The group formed back in 2004 when mem­bers De­clan Melia, Will Drum­mond, Nic Wil­son and Matt O'Gor­man were all study­ing at St Bede’s Col­lege in Mel­bourne.

Fast for­ward 14 years and the group has notched up eight en­tries into the Hottest 100, re­leased six al­bums, played at ev­ery ma­jor fes­ti­val in Aus­tralia, head­lined more than 700 shows and sup­ported in­ter­na­tional mu­sic icons like the Rolling Stones.

Lead gui­tarist Nic Wil­son will be leav­ing the band and re­tir­ing from the mu­sic in­dus­try at the end of 2018, say­ing there are other things in life he wants to try to broaden his hori­zons.

“British In­dia is some­thing we started as snotty nosed high school kids, that be­came some­thing much big­ger and

– Nic Wil­son

more im­por­tant to peo­ple than we could have ever ex­pected,” he said.

“But time moves on and I have other things I want to try my hand at and I am ready to see what else I can do.”

While this will in some ways be the end of an era with the tour be­ing the last chance to see the orig­i­nal British In­dia line up on stage, Wil­son’s fel­low band mem­bers are noth­ing but happy for their best mate and gui­tarist.

“We kind of knew it was com­ing, but the best thing about it is there’s no hard feel­ings,” drum­mer Matt O’Gor­man said.

“Ev­ery­body is re­ally happy for him and it’s re­ally the best way for a mem­ber to leave.

“We’re four best friends, we al­ways will be, and we’re happy and ex­cited for him.”

The farewell tour will play over 24 dates at 24 dif­fer­ent venues around the coun­try, com­ing to the Set­tlers Tav­ern in Mar­garet River on Novem­ber 9 and the Prince of Wales Ho­tel in Bun­bury on the 17th.

“Nic was the first to say ‘how about we do one more tour, with a few more venues and an­nounce that I’m leav­ing,” O’Gor­man said.

Fans can ex­pect bits of ev­ery­thing from old tunes off the first al­bum to the lat­est hits, as well as songs that didn’t quite make the cut for the al­bums.

“We love WA and we’re re­ally ex­cited about do­ing this last tour – we just want ev­ery­one to come down and give Nic a royal farewell.”

British In­dia will farewell gui­tarist Nic Wil­son at the end of 2018 af­ter the na­tional Nic the Poet farewell tour which heads to the South West on Novem­ber 9 and 17.

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