RiZE Festival 2018
Fri 17 Aug 2018
Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Artists watched: Liam Gallagher, Bilk, Ash, Circa Waves, Miles Kane, Manic Street Preachers, Samm Henshaw, Black Honey, Kawala, Alma, Maximo Park, Rita Ora
The festival which replaced the once-great-then-very-rubbish V Festival. And I got a last minute invite to do some interviewing there!
We worked hard over the two days - I interviewed Ash, Jake Shears from the Scissor Sisters, Miles Kane, Lewis Capaldi, Into The Ark, Sheafs, Kawala and Black Honey. My friend and colleague Steve chatted to Tom Walker, Example, Nick J D Hodgson (formerly of the Kaiser Chiefs), Samantha Harvey, Catherine McGrath, Brand New Friend, Bad Sounds and Bilk.
Lewis Capaldi - who was on the verge of superstardom - was a lovely guy. Ash were brilliant, Jake Shears was great ... actually they were all fantastic. No one too cool for school, no one bothered that the local community station was demanding their precious time.
The only bad news was that I really wanted to catch Maximo Park, but it clashed with my Miles Kane interview. When they started to play Our Velocity I admit to being a little distracted. I can't multitask very well!
I managed to catch a few sets though - Liam Gallagher's early morning soundcheck (does that count? yes!), Bilk, Ash, Circa Waves, Miles Kane, Manic Street Preachers, Samm Henshaw, Black Honey, Kawala, Alma, Maximo Park (most of their set) and, on the way out, Rita Ora!
It had been a long time since I'd seen the Manics and they were as excellent as ever. Ash and most of Maximo Park also made the whole thing very very worthwhile.
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