New bands on line-up for Looe Festival 2013
THERE are only two weeks to go to Looe festival and the exciting news is that bands are still being added to the line-up.
The latest, Crowns, have been officially announced this week, brought back by popular demand after their storming performance on the main stage at the festival last year.
Crowns will join a magnificent and diverse line up that includes The Darkness, Reef, Seth Lakeman, The Damned, Disraeli and the Small Gods and Chas and Dave plus Sham 69, Simon Townsend, Ruarri Joseph, Oompah Brass, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, James Robinson, Freshly Squeezed, PJP Band, Vince Lee, Land of the Giants and many, many more.
Home-grown Cornish folk/punks Crowns, who hail from London via Launceston, will arrive fresh from their debut headline UK tour, a ten-dater which takes them as far north as Glasgow, having already delivered at some of the biggest and best UK festivals this summer.
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"Glastonbury was an overwhelming experience for us because none of us except bass player Jake Butler had ever been there before," says lead singer Bill Jefferson, "and we hadn't realized just how huge it is, like a city in the country. We played the Avalon stage, filled the tent and there were plenty of Cornish flags in the crowd, which was great to see, plus it was one of our first gigs with a mosh pit!
"We were a bit apprehensive about playing Download for the first time this year," continues Bill. "With bands like Slipknot on the bill we did wonder what we were doing at a heavy metal fest. But then someone explained that it's more about being alternative than just metal. We were the only remotely folky band, so we got a good crowd because we fulfilled that brief and I think because we have more edge we went down really well. It showed us that we can play anywhere because basically we're just doing dance music, albeit darker than most, but it's great to feel that we can bridge the gap."
With their fabulously catchy originals, mixed with traditional Cornish ditties, the band are indeed the perfect festy fodder, able to entertain both at fun family-friendly local events like Chagstock and Looe as well as holding their own at the mighty Reading and Leeds, where they played the Lockup Stage again this year but were higher up the bill than before.
Having released their debut album Stitches in the Flag, Crowns are already testing out new songs for the follow up which should be out next year. Meanwhile they'll be releasing a new version of My London as a single on October 14.
"The song is very personal, about the love/hate relationship I have with the place. I love being here sometimes, but then there are times when I just really miss Cornwall…"