I’ve been fortunate enough to be given access backstage at the Volksfest so I can practise my interviewing skills with people of experience like The Levellers and Hazel O’Connor . The Levellers are chilling and I have been asked to not enter their domain until after the gig and Hazel has literally just come off stage so I will give her a moment to cool down. I ask one of the guys who is organising the coming and going of the acts if there is anyone available to interview and he points out a group of guys in a band called roadside. They definitely look the part and I am told they are very good. They seem approachable so I chance my luck and go over and introduce myself.
roadside have just played at The Plymouth Volksfest. The band played two slots – one on the Friday afternoon and then again on the Saturday night. The Friday afternoon was as expected with people still turning up for the weekend, it was good to soak up the atmosphere and get to know the format though. The Saturday night was a different story, meeting The Levellers and Hazel O’Connor backstage and then getting to play in a great festival atmosphere with quality stage sound and organisation – it was thoroughly enjoyable. The gig was highly charged and roadside played through an hour long set of exciting, energetic and melodic originals which the crowd willingly responded to.