Interview: Palmes (Third Time Lucky Festival)
Third Time Lucky festival put a strong focus on emerging talent from the North East music scene, however the line-up also included a number of bands from across the UK, including explosive synth-rockers Palmes who travelled all the way from Huddersfield to play this flourishing festival here in Newcastle.
We sat down with Ryan (Vocals/Guitar), Ash (Bass/Synth/Vocals) and Callum (Drums) right after their set to find out their thoughts on the festival, their first time playing in Newcastle and what lies ahead for the trio.
Spotlight: We are rather excited to see bands like yourselves make the long journey to play the Third Time Lucky Festival, especially given that this is your debut show in Newcastle I believe.
Can you tell us how us how you found out about the festival and secured a slot on the line-up?
Ryan: Yes, it’s our first time playing in Newcastle. We met Jay (Third Time Lucky Organiser) playing a gig in Huddersfield in December. We we’re playing with a band called Deep.Sleep who he manages and we just got to know him on the night. We spoke to him a bit more since then and that's when he offered us this slot. And we leapt on the opportunity to travel!
Spotlight: You’ve literally just come off the stage after finishing your mightily impressive set.
How do you feel you were received by the local crowd?
Ash: Excellent. It was good to see a lot of people sticking around for it.
Ryan: Especially for an out of town band as well.
Ash: Yeah they've never heard of us, so I think it went well to be honest.
Spotlight: One of the common questions we ask our local bands is what they think about the local music scene. For you coming from Huddersfield, how do you feel the music scene is doing in your home-town right now, especially being so close to cities like Leeds and Manchester?
Ash: We have a very small University-based scene. There is a circle of about seven or eight bands and between us we always set-up shows with each other. Aside from that there is the odd college band but otherwise there is not a lot. There was some really good bands around 4 or 5 years ago when the scene peeked a little.
Spotlight: And you’ve just released your debut EP quite recently. Tell us about that and what else is coming up for you guys?
Ash: Yes we’ve released our first EP called '18a' in January. Going on from that we are going to get our next single out at the end of April. Then we are looking to get a second EP out around the summertime hopefully. It’s a long EP, there is a lot in there.
Palmes' debut EP '18a' is available on all popular music streaming sites right now and their brand new single 'Soak' is due to be released on April 29th.
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All Photography by Mandy Naumann