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On the road to Wilkestock Charity Music Festival in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 15:53 27 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:53 27 August 2018

Oddity Road will return to Wilkestock Charity Music Festival in Hertfordshire. Picture: Nick Chalkley.

Oddity Road will return to Wilkestock Charity Music Festival in Hertfordshire. Picture: Nick Chalkley.

Picture: Nick Chalkley

A hotly tipped band from the North who have been wowing festival crowds this summer are returning to Wilkestock Charity Music Festival in Hertfordshire this week.

Oddity Road, who come from Eyam in the Peak District, have already toured with The Sherlocks, been championed by BBC Introducing, and worked with one of the country’s best music producers.

Now the lads are hoping their second visit to the Hertfordshire charity weekend can rival the scenes seen at festivals like Y Not in Derbyshire and Tramlines in Sheffield, where they played to hundreds of bouncing fans.

Frontman Jack Heath, lead guitarist Dan Brennan, bassist Joel Gilbourne and drummer Ethan Lambert will join The Fratellis and Mallory Knox at Frogmore Hill near Stevenage over the weekend August 31 to September 2.

They also set off on their first headline tour in the autumn.

After coming off stage at Y Not, songwriter Jack told me about the band’s latest single called All Again, which they recorded with Wolverhampton producer Gavin Monaghan.

“It’s about long summer days like this, really good times at festivals or anywhere else with your mates, and then longing to do it all again when it’s all over.

“It’s a catchy upbeat number which we’ve had in our set for a while. We love playing it live.”

The band are hoping to continue to build their fan base in the south and emulate their touring pals The Sherlocks, who were one of the stars of Wilkestock last year.

Ethan said the South Yorkshire group taught them a lot while they were together on the road.

“We’ve adopted their motto, which is to always go on stage and enjoy it and never have a bad gig.

“We’ve also learnt from their use of backing vocals and harmonies to create a bigger wall of sound, plus it helps keep us all busy on stage,” he laughed.

Joel added: “They showed us that gigs should always be about the music and that we should never hesitate to turn up our amps and make as much noise as we can.”

Their first performance beyond their local strongholds of Hope Valley and South Yorkshire was supporting The Sherlocks at Manchester’s iconic Albert Hall in from of more than 2,000 people.

“It was quite a shock walking out into that room, especially compared to the size of events we’d done before,” said Dan.

The unsigned band has quickly became used to the big stages and, earlier this year, with The Sherlocks, played The Electric Ballroom in London and the even bigger Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.

Oddity Road also sold out more than 500 tickets for their own headline show in Sheffield in February, and are now aiming to fill the city’s much larger Leadmill venue on their autumn tour that also includes a date in Peterborough.

Earlier this year they released their first single Don’t Hold Me Down, an infectious guitar-fuelled, big-beat indie tune that was championed by BBC Introducing in the Midlands.

Oddity Road play Wilkestock Festival on Saturday September 1.

• Tickets at wilkestock.com

More about Oddity Road at www.oddityroad.co.uk

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