What’s the best thing about May? The bank holidays of course. And what’s even better about this May in particular? Well, for one, Leftfoot will be taking over the Hare & Hounds to put on three nights of shows on the last bank holiday weekend, with not one but three storming headline acts to really give you something to sleep off on the Monday. Ben UFO, Troumaca and The Hot 8 Brass Band will keep the party going throughout.
We caught up with Troumaca frontman Sam Baylis to fill us in on what his band have been up to since revealing acclaimed debut album The Grace to the world last summer.
What have you been up to since your album The Grace came out last year?
Sam: Loads of shows and quite a bit of writing too. We’ve also had some time to spend with family and friends, which is always good.
Were you pleased with the reaction the record got?
It’s always humbling to know people derive pleasure from your work. We are very grateful for that.
Do you still feel as proud of it now or does it feel like a long time ago for you as a band?
It’s like a fine wine, over time new flavours develop, you taste the history and appreciate the shadow cast, which grows in ways you don’t always expect.
And what’s next on the agenda, have you started work on the follow-up?
We have. It’s exciting to focus on elements of the last work and extract certain ideas. New approaches, new lives, it’s all new.
It must be have been a pretty hectic past 12 months, any highlights that stand out for you?
For me, Shambala, it blew my tiny little mind. London, Birmingham and Bristol tour shows were incredible.
Can we expect any new material at the show this month?
Back at the Hare – plenty of happy memories there for you, is that always one of your favourite venues to play?
The Hare feels like home. Shouts to all the crew, The Silver Fox, Tiny Matt, Crazy John, Hairy Tom, all the gang.
Any other surprises in store for the night?
Hopefully. But if I say now it won’t be a surprise will it, my dear?
And you’ve got One Beat Weekender coming up this July too. That should be a unique setting for you, in the outdoor amphitheatre at the Mac, looking forward to that one?
Indeed. That will be, what they call in the business, a moment.
It’s been sunny for One Beat the past two years, have you got a Sun God dance to roll out just in case?
As a matter of fact I’m Pagan, so I will be invoking the Gods just before the show.
Back to the Leftfoot Weekender, can you sum up the other acts and DJs on the bill over the three days for us?
Ben UFO – genius. The Hot 8 Brass Band – nuts hip hop homage ting. Adam Regan – top selector. This Is Tmrw – Always on the money.
The Leftfoot Bank Holiday Weekender takes place over the second May bank holiday weekend, from May 23-25, featuring: BEN UFO (Hessle Audio), plus Adam Regan, Matt Beck, Opyn & Bastian (Friday, May 23, 9pm-3am); TROUMACA plus special guests, with DJ sets from Leftfoot, This Is Tmrw, MHVH (Saturday, May 24, 9pm-3am); THE HOT 8 BRASS BAND, plus DJ support from Sam Redmore, Soul Food Soundsystem (Sunday, May 25, 9pm-late).
Tickets are on sale for individual shows or a limited amount of weekend tickets are available for £25. Visit the website for details.