Three bands, embarking on a 14 date tour of the UK’s smaller venues are promoting the more intimate gigs outside of the major cities. Sons and Lovers, Eliza and the Bear and Fred Page will be stopping by Rotherham Trades Club on the 8th February. Each act took the time out to talk to our editor Charlie Barker about the upcoming tour dates.
You’ve just finished an arena tour with Paramore and you’re embarking on a tour of smaller venues now, how do you think you’ll adjust to the change?
James Kellegher: We love playing smaller venues, when you are playing inches from the audience you have a connection and really feed off the energy. You’re playing to individuals as opposed to a mass at arenas.
What advice would you give to bands starting out in the UK and playing outside the main cities?
Try and play anywhere you can, a lot of these smaller towns get neglected by larger touring parties. If you put the work in on the smaller towns and cities the main cities will fall into place.
You’re embarking on the Satellite Tour in February covering most of the UK. Where are you guys from and how long have you been together?
Tom: Dan and I grew up near Windsor, Tim near Brighton and Josh near Exeter. We’ve all lived in London for the past few years though.
We played our first gig together in August 2012 and have been playing as much as possible since then.
You must be on the road a lot these days. Where’s the most memorable place you’ve been on tour?
We’ve been lucky enough to play some great places! For me, the most fun was playing the Bushmills Whiskey Distillery in Northern Ireland, was a really interesting place!
We haven’t been to lots of the towns that are part of the Satellite tour, so we’re really looking forward to playing in and exploring some new places!
Tell us about your musical influences.
I’m really into Ryan Adams, Jeff Buckley, Conor oberst and anything that Justin Vernon touches.
How did you come to join the Satellite Tour?
They asked me if I would be up for it and I jumped at it!
Tickets are on sale now at www.satellite-tour.com.