Friday 5 April 2013

HIT THE DECK // Festival Preview

With a little over two weeks to go the anticipation is building for Nottingham and Bristol's Hit The Deck Festival. Taking place over the 20th-21st April weekend acts such as Don Broco, We Are The In Crowd, Pure Love and We Are The Ocean (to name but a few) will take to the stage.

Hit The Deck will now not only take place across Nottingham’s Rock City, Rescue Rooms, Forum and Stealth venues on April 21st, but also in Bristol the day before on April 20th for the first time, at the o2 Academy 1 & 2, Thekla, Fleece and Exchange venues. The addition of Bristol for the 3rd year of Hit The Deck makes the festival the biggest to date. 
To see the line-up in full, maps of the venues, where you can get tickets and an interview with Don Broco click below...

Recent festival announcements have included Mallory Knox, Pure Love, Feed the Rhino, Fearless Vampire Killers and Fort Hope, only adding to what is a stellar line-up...

Maps of the venues available at the bottom 

We caught up with festival headliners, Don Broco, recently on their sold out headline UK tour. Lead singer Rob Damiani told us how Hit The Deck would be the band's first time headling a big indoor festival.

So, hypothetically I’m going to come down to the show I’ve got my “Don Broco Push Up Squad” vest on; how many push ups am I going to have to do during “Thug Workout” to beat off the competition? 
Well, last night in Glasgow they stepped things up. Sheffield actually started early, don’t know if they meant to but as soon as they heard it they were down on the floor. Normally I pull people up after about twenty to thirty because you see people getting knackered. So I reckon if you got a good twenty out you’d be pleased with that.

Do you get many people challenging you guys to a “push-up off”? And who out of the four of you would you put forward to represent the band?
There was one guy when we were supporting Lower Than Atlantis, he didn’t want to do push ups, so he challenged me to an arm wrestle and wouldn’t let it go. He was like “If I win, I get a free Tshirt”. But If I won I didn’t get anything out of it, other than my pride and he was massive, so I thought yeah I’ll play it safe and politely turned him down.  And yeah that’s tough, I’d say it’s between Me, Si and Matt. I reckon I’m going to back myself on this one.

Don Broco on stage on their recent headline tour

You guys have been picked as a band to watch out for in 2013 and after an incredible year last year and a great start to this year do you feel under any pressure? Or put yourselves under any pressure?
I don’t think so, just because there’s nothing more we can really do. We’ve got the album out and people seem to like it, so it already feels like things are taking off. But yeah we just feel like it will go as far as it goes. I guess when it comes to writing album number two we’re going to want to write as good an album, hopefully better. So, when we get into the writing then we’ll probably feel a little bit pressured, but at the moment we’re just enjoying it.

And finally, what else do you have planned this year?
Well we’ve got the single coming out and we’re going into Red Bull studios to record and alternate version and we’re excited about that and we’ve started jamming it on tour. I don’t know if it’s just because we’ve brought out the “Drive” T-shirt, but it’s kind of “Drive” soundtrack influenced. After that we’re onto festivals, so we’ve got Radstock, Take Down and then Hit The Deck which is the first time we’re headlining a big indoor festival.

To read our full interview with Rob and live review showing what you can expect from their set at Hit The Deck click HERE

Stay locked to Est.1987 as we bring you all the latest news n the run up to the big day and a full round up of who we saw and hung out with over the weekend.

Tickets are still available so be sure to get yours HERE now and we'll see you at the front. 

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