Playing to thousands of people at a festival can be an exciting yet scary prospect for young bands.
It’s water off a duck’s back for the big stars but what’s it like for young acts?
This weekend is Derbyshire’s high-profile festival s Y Not, with big hitters such as Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Editors and Madness.
The festival also provides the opportunity for some of Derbyshire’s best unsigned groups to perform.
Chesterfield-based band TRASH is among those lucky enough to have secured a spot.
Guitarist Dan Longmore said: “We’re opening up on Friday, July 29. It’s probably the scariest thing I’ll do this year unless someone takes me skydiving. We’re super excited though! Gonna be a beautiful, overwhelming experience for us.
“We promise lots of dancing, decent banter and solid pop bangers throughout.”
The festival crowd will be treated to the band’s new single, Give Up, which is due out in late July/early August. They recorded the song at Peak Studios in Bradford working with producer Alex Greaves.
There will also be a taster of the band’s five-track EP which is being recorded at The Nave in Leeds with Alex on production duties again.
Dan describes the current sound as “thick and warm like over-heated porridge when you take it out of the microwave but are too stubborn to add any more milk. It’s glossy like rainbow nail varnish and sweet like fair trade sugar.”
Joining Dan in TRASH are Evan Martin, 18, on guitar, Tom Barton, 18, on bass and Bradley Weston, 21, on drums.
Their link with Y Not stretches back three years when they attended the festival as punters, returned for more of the same the following year, were snapped up to perform last year and secured a repeat booking for 2016.
Dan said: “We consider being asked to play Y Not main stage our greatest achievement We’ve built a strong relationship with the organisers over the years from playing other shows that haven’t been festivals. Luckily, they keep inviting us back.”
Y Not is TRASH’s fourth festival this year, following bookings at Live at Leeds, 2Q in Derby and Outlines in Sheffield.
The band plan to spend the rest of the year playing shows in new and old places and releasing more music.