Brand new festival, Mansion on the Moon is coming to Ipswich this September and they're joining the festival scene with a bang! With the line-up consisting of The Libertines, Tom Grennan, Twisted Wheel and more, it's an event not to be missed. We spoke to up and coming band, Ashfields - who'll be performing at Mansion on the Moon this year - about the festival.
- With your band being fairly new and already gaining a great following, how exciting is it to be performing at a brand new festival this year?
CK - I literally can’t explain the feeling. We already have some huge festivals lined up, but when this call came through I literally hung up the phone like, 'Is this joker trying to wind me up again?' But no, Harry (my manager) rang me straight back and was like, 'number 1, don’t hang up on me and number 2, it’s very real!'.
- Do you find that there’s a different type of buzz around a new festival compared to festivals that have been running for a few years?
JB - I think so, there is the refreshing side to it. I think it it’s going to bring people in from far and wide and create a tornado of excitement that rips through Ipswich, which can only be a good thing, right?
- How does performing at a festival compare to performing at an indoor gig?
CK - It’s shockingly different. From an artist's point of view, soundchecks are different, the stages are a lot bigger, and if you’re playing in the day then it’s hard to create a good, solid show with the lights. But with that said, festivals allow you to play to thousands of new fans who will hopefully walk away wanting to buy tickets to come see you at those indoor shows on tour.
- Mansion on the Moon will be held in Ipswich, which is quite far from your home town of Nottingham, are you looking forward to performing somewhere new?
LD - We’ve heard some wild things about Ipswich! We’ve played in so many cities, but never Ipswich, so it’ll be nice to see where Ed Sheeran found his inspiration. We’ve been warned not to drink the council pop though, great danger of growing extra limbs!
- With some other great bands and artists such as The Libertines and Tom Grennan joining you at the festival, who are you most looking forward to seeing?
CK - My boy Tom Grennan. I mean, we are playing a few festivals with Tom on the same stage, but this one feels more personal, like I’ll be within touching distance as him. Rats are also gonna be on my watch list - fantastic bunch of lads so buzzin' to see what they’ve got to offer us!
Mansion on the Moon is happening at Trinity Park, Ipswich on Saturday 8th September. If you'd like to check it out this year, tickets are on sale now!
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