Festival Republic have tonight officially confirmed the first batch of 41 names playing their flagship festivals – Reading & Leeds Festivals. Although their arguably the UK’s biggest festivals taking place in 2012 (since Glastonbury is taking a year off), admittedly most of these names will be of little or no interest to the majority of our readers here at Thrash Hits, but there are a few heavier highlights in among the indie-fodder.
Everyone with their ears to the ground seems to be talking about You Me At Six at the moment. Salvadore Fernandez goes to the source and has a chat to 17-year-old singer Josh Franceshi about why.
Sometimes the facts speak for themselves. You Me At Six have sold every ticket (over 9000) for their 21-date June/July headline tour. They haven’t released their debut album yet. They only just signed a record deal with the up-and-coming Leeds-based Slam Dunk Records. They’re hot property.
They have supported big hitters such as New Found Glory, The Audition and Angels & Airwaves in 2008 as well as repeatedly touring the UK and, clearly, their hard work is paying dividends but they’re still keen to develop their careers.
“There have been a few shows that sold out so fast,” Josh says. “But we wanted to keep these shows intimate and chilled instead of upgrading them.”
This tour in particular has had the objective of promoting their latest single, ‘Gossip’. The video to which has apparently gained some unwanted criticism from fans for being a slightly lower budget production than what they’re used to.
Watch the video to ‘Gossip’ by You Me At Six
“The song’s about a house party and about provocative people,” explains Josh. “We just wanted as many of our friends to have a party and film it with a handheld camera. It’s not about it looking really good; it’s about our friends filming us as we play.”
Having shared a stage with bands that easily fit into the pop-punk or emo pigeonhole, it’s not a surprise that YM@6 – completed by bassist Matt (19), guitarists Max and Chris (both 18) and drummer Dan (19) – are rightly drawing comparisons with the likes of Fall Out Boy and early Panic At The Disco.
The as-yet-untitled album will be released in October in the fashionable and highly practical DIY manner that bands such as Enter Shikari and now Funeral For A Friend have gone down. “It’s just cool to know that all the people that are working with us are as excited about it as we are,” says Josh.
You Me At Six head out on tour in October including a London headline show at The Astoria. We should have a sweepstake on which date the album will be released. 20th? 27th? 13th? Hmmm.
15 Middlesbrough Empire 16 Norwich Waterfront 17 Nottingham Rescue Rooms 18 Wolverhampton Wulfrun 19 Northampton Roadmender 21 Leeds Met University 22 Glasgow ABC 1 23 Manchester Academy 2 24 Liverpool Academy 1 25 Southampton University 26 Oxford Academy 27 London Astoria 28 Cardiff Solus 29 Brighton Komedia 30 Exeter Phoenix
You Me At Six will perform on the Festival Republic Stage at Reading & Leeds Festival 2008 and ‘Gossip’ is released on Slam Dunk Records on 28 July 2008
Angels And Airwaves
We Don’t Need To Whisper
22 May 2006
by Raziq Rauf
So, the UFO-obsessed Tom DeLonge has sold 20 million albums or whatever as chief songwriter of the much-maligned Blink 182 but now he’s had a big quarrel with the others he has to start a new band. Ouch. Now what?