The UK’s home of buzz is almost upon us again, with another haul of excellent new artists set to show off their musical wares for three days across the many, many venues of Brighton this week.
Ahead of the event, we had a quick catch up with indie-punks Drahla, who tell us about studio goings-on, getting stuck on roller coasters, and holiday destinations.
We last saw you at our Hello 2018 gig series - what’s new in the world of Drahla?
[Rob] Riggs, [guitar]: We’ve been in the studio with MJ again, working on some new songs which we’re all really excited about.
Mike [Ainsley, drums]: There are lots of gigs coming up too! We can’t wait to play Robert Smith’s Meltdown on June 16th, that’s gonna be pretty special.
You’ll be playing on the pier at The Great Escape. Are you a fan of theme park rides?
Mike: We’re playing on the pier?!? Ace! Yes and no - I once got stuck on ‘The Ultimate’ at Lightwater Valley. It’s the longest rollercoaster in Europe I think… or at least it was. The cart stopped on the tip of the first hill. Pretty scary. Probably won’t be going on any rides to be honest.
Luciel [Brown, vocals/bass]: Yeah, I like them a lot. I’m not really a theme park goer but I’ve been to the ones in Florida. ‘Tower of Terror’ was completely amazing.
Riggs: A ghost train scarred me for life as a 5 year old. Fish in a bag was more my thing.
It’s The Great Escape - what’s been your favourite holiday destination to date?
Mike: Tough question, probably Berlin. Love it there, especially in the summer.
Luciel: Rob and I went to California a few years ago which was great, Lake Tahoe and LA were highlights. Berlin and Copenhagen are places I really want to go back to as well.
Riggs: Blackpool’s meant to be good.
Drahla play The Great Escape (17th-19th May)