Heights ready for homecoming show at 2013 Slam Dunk Festival
PUBLISHED: 21:21 08 May 2013 | UPDATED: 22:30 11 May 2013
HARDCORE heroes Heights are set to return to their old stomping ground for a home town show at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival.
The metal-influenced four-piece are raring to go for this month’s Slam Dunk, with the Welwyn Garden City-based rockers believing the University of Hertfordshire hosted show will be one to remember.
Lead singer Alex Monty – known as Monty – said: “I’m really excited, I haven’t played a show this close to home in like years.
“I used to play shows at The Doctors Tonic [in WGC] when I was young, like 14-15.
“You go to The Forum so often and you are round there so much, you have good memories of going to that place and seeing bands there.
“It’s so good to go there and make that memory for someone else, it is really cool.”
The Sunday, May 26 festival in Hatfield is one of a string of festival appearances the self-confessed “heavy” rockers have lined up, and will be one of the first chances fans get to hear their new album live.
Old Lies For Young Lives was released last month and Monty says it is a stylistic departure from their much-praised debut effort Dead Ends.
“Our first album was really well received, this is a bit more experimental, the last one was pretty heavy and relentless,” the 21-year-old former Monk’s Walk School student said.
The new sound is not the only change, with founding members Thomas Debaere and Andrew Moulder leaving the group last year due to “creative differences”.
Monty, who himself joined two years after the band formed, thinks it was for the best.
The Codicote resident still thinks the band are a fearsome live prospect and hopes to win over some new fans at Slam Dunk.
“Festivals are a bit weird, kind of a bit different, I really like it,” he said.
“It’s different from normal shows because you have a situation where people won’t know your band.
“You go to festivals and you see a few bands you know really well… and you go and see a random band you might not have heard of.”
Slam Dunk’s southern leg at the Forum Hertfordshire in Hatfield has sold out.
The touring festival also visit Leeds and Wolverhampton over the same weekend.
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