Earlier this month Sub89 in Friar Street was packed out with people wanting to check out new band Little Matador.
With a fierce, adrenaline-pumping set, Little Matador made their Reading debut – but this wasn’t your typical fresh-faced new band.
The five-piece have more musical experience between them than the rest of our top 10 Reading Festival up-and-comers put together.
Formed and fronted by Snow Patrol guitarist Nathan Connolly, Little Matador’s band members have come from top indie/rock bands like Idelwild, The Frames and Tired Pony.
Little Matador is a side-project for Nathan (don’t panic Snow Patrol fans!), and the band are looking forward to playing on the Festival Republic Stage at Reading Festival on Saturday, August 23.
We caught up with Nathan to find out what people can expect from Little Matador.
What does playing Reading Festival mean to you?
This is me popping my Reading cherry. To be coming with this band and the music we are making, I cannot say seriously enough how thrilled we are to be invited and to be playing it. It’s a big deal.
What can festival-goers expect from your set?
The set will probably be big with melody, but more intense and aggressive live. We’ll be working on our festival set list.
One word to describe how you’re feeling about playing the festival.
Awesome – in the true sense of the word.
Worst festival food you’ve ever had?
At an early one when I was 17 I went to Greenbelt festival and I cannot specifically remember but I recall a soggy burger. I couldn’t eat anything for the rest of the weekend. I just starved myself it was so bad.
Most memorial festival moment?
Playing T in the Park with Snow Patrol was a big moment because it was our adopted home.
One extravagant thing would make a festival better?
A jacuzzi on wheels. And someone to push it.
Which bands are you looking forward to seeing?
There’s so many. There are so many bands there that I love and respect.
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