Eagulls guitarist Liam Matthews and bassist Tom Kelly had very different first festival experiences. Matthews headed to Leeds for his hometown bash, and saw more than he bargained for - “it was the year that everyone ransacked the beer lorry and were just stealing crates off it”.
Kelly, conversely, got a suntan and a sore back from the rubble-based camping ground at Spain’s Benicassim. Eagulls don’t consider themselves a festival band - instead liking to obsess over stage shows, lighting rigs and every minor detail of a full performance - but relish the idea that a festival-goer unaware of their band could come into the tent on a whim and leave a fan.
“We’re really hoping that we do enough to get people back for the full show,” Kelly remarks, while emphasising that Eagulls didn’t start as a band with ambitions as big as these, and to end up at their hometown festival.
“We started the band to do just that - to start a band with our mates and express ourselves. It’s just by chance that it’s got this far. It was never the plan, but we’re amazed and proud that we’re here.”
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