Lauran Hibberd talks festivals & Live at Leeds in the Park: “See as much as you can”

Ahead of the inaugural edition of Live at Leeds’ new venture, we chatted to the Isle of Wight singer ahead of her set.

From the team that’s long brought us the inner-city scramble of buzzy new acts that is Live At Leeds comes a far more pastoral affair; Live at Leeds in the Park is an outdoor one-day event which for its inaugural appearance - on Saturday 4th June - will host headliners Bombay Bicycle Club, as well as others including Arlo Parks, Sports Team, Holly Humberstone, Alfie Templeman, and Lime Garden.

As she prepares to release debut album ‘Garageband Superstar’, we chatted to Lauran Hibberd for a lil catch up; below she fills us in on how she got Limp Bizkit’s DJ Lethal on her recent single ‘Still Running (5K)’ - and who she’s intending to catch at the event.

Hello Lauran! What’s new in your world at the moment?

I’m getting really pumped for festivals this summer and the release of my debut album! There’s a lot of big dance moves in my world at the moment, my live set feels unrecognisable in a crazy good way. I’m also rapping now (if you can call it that). Writing that down makes it sound like I’m having an early mid-life, but we can roll with that!

It’s not long since you announced details of your debut album ‘Garageband Superstar’ - how are you feeling ahead of its release?

I’m beyond excited! I’ve wanted to make this record for as long as I can remember, and it’s stressed me out in a way I can only imagine is similar to having 89 children. But listening to the end product, I’m so proud of what’s been created and I cannot wait to share it. There’s so many things that go into making an album, and coming from years of EP and single releases it was a slight culture shock but there’s something addictive about it and I’m already halfway through writing album number two. So basically, I can’t wait to do it all over again.

Can you tell us one - just one for now! - fun fact about something that happened during the making of the album?

There’s too many to choose from, honestly I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much in my life. I recorded the album with my estranged sibling, Larry Hibbit, in Brixton. I think the most memorable moment was when DJ Lethal messaged me back on Instagram, we were literally all rolling on the floor with excitement screaming. It’s definitely something I’ll never forget.

How exactly did that collaboration come together? Is that something you ever saw coming?! Will you be jumping on a remix of ‘Rollin’’ any time soon?

I would 100% jump at the chance to feature on anything Limp Bizkit style, I’m obsessed! The idea came when we all decided we needed some scratching on the track and we discussed getting some local DJs in the studio to do it live instead of using samples etc. Larry asked if any of us knew someone that knows DJ Lethal, and we all laughed. It was like ‘imagine how cool that would be’. That night I just decided to message him on Instagram with the track so far and explained how much I’d love for him to feature. The next day at the studio I saw the three dots come up meaning he was typing and we were all huddled around my phone. He loved the track and wanted to do it, it was mad. He’s one of the nicest guys, and it really is the coolest thing that has ever happened to me.

You’re also back on the road at the minute - how’s it been getting back to performing live more consistently?

It’s been great being able to play the set including the new album tracks, it’s so exciting to sort of unveil a new era for me. It feels like I’m playing the set I always wanted to play now, I feel more confident than ever. My favourite part is walking out as a support band with everyone having no expectations and just shocking the life out of them. I love getting everyone on the floor, it’s a real ice breaker.

Festivals are also big on the agenda for you this year - how are you feeling ahead of those shows, since they’re a little different to the usual set-up?

I’m excited to get a full summer in, and prance around on some big stages. It’s great because I feel like everyone has so much energy, no one takes for granted playing live anymore so I’ve just found this new life in festivals which I think is universal right now. So if you’re walking past a girl in a tutu this summer, you should probably stop and check it out (even if it’s just for the comedy…)

You’re gonna be playing at Live at Leeds at their shiny new ‘In The Park’ edition. What’s your best advice for punters heading down for the day?

My advice would be to see as much as you can, the line up is SO good. Having just been on tour with The Snuts, I know first hand you’d be a fool to miss that set. I’m super excited to see Arlo Parks, Holly Humberstone and my mates Coach Party. My band and I have actually nicknamed it ‘Bikini Leeds’, because every time we go it’s beyond freezing but still sunny.

What else have you got coming up in the lead up to the album’s release?

I have so much to announce, my diary is full of sneaky plans which I cannot share yet but there is a lot coming including too many live shows, pub quiz nights, and hilarious merchandise. I can’t wait!

Lauran Hibberd will play Live at Leeds in the Park, which takes place 4th June 2022. DIY is an official media partner. Tickets are on sale now.


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