Latitude 2016 Estrons get ready for their Latitude debut

Cardiff firestarters are very, very excited to reach Henham Park.

Latitude has a well-earned rep for giving new headliners their first moment at the top. But it all has to start somewhere. Alongside DIY’s Alcove Stage, buzzy new bands are everywhere; hiding in the forest; blending in with the sheep; glued to a nearby bar. We’ve picked out some of the best to find out what they’re planning for their first Latitude experience.

Expect jaws to ‘Drop’ when Cardiff firestarters Estrons make their Latitude debut. Tali Källström fronts the group alongside fellow founding member and guitarist Rhodri Daniel. Together they make twisted punk, inspired by dodgy real life experiences - like ending up in a police cell. Hopefully Henham Park will host a more subdued experience, but don’t bank on it.

Estrons and The Bay Rays are going on a DIY Presents tour later this year. Dates and tickets below - see venues for age restrictions:

SEPTEMBER
28 Bristol, The Louisiana (tickets)
29 Manchester, Gullivers (tickets)
30 Leeds, Headrow House (tickets)

OCTOBER
01 Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge (tickets)
05 London, The Old Blue Last (tickets)
06 Reading, The Purple Turtle (free entry)
07 Leicester, The Cookie (tickets)
08 Brighton, Green Door Store (tickets)
12 Nottingham, Bodega Social Club (tickets)
13 Glasgow, Nice N Sleazy (tickets)
14 Newcastle, Think Tank (tickets)
15 Hull, The New Adelphi Club (tickets)

This is your first Latitude as a band. First time as a punter, too?

Tali: I volunteered at Latitude in 2009 for Yorkshire CND, hoping to catch some bands but accidentally saw Tom Jones twice and missed everything else. The most interesting parts of the festival I got to see where actually the immersive theatre acts. I got invited into a caravan and watched two women reenact drinking their own menstrual blood. There weren’t any kids at that show.

You’ve been playing lots of city-based festivals, but this one’s on a lovely field, which is nice.

We haven’t play many outdoor festivals so we are all looking forward to this one. We did play X Music Festival in Cardiff last year, which was in a field. The main difference there was that the slot we played was at 12pm, so there were loads of people watching us but all with takeaway noodle pots in their hands. It was a strange experience to be honest. I’m not sure our music is the kind of thing you want to enjoy your lunch to.

You’re playing Huw Stephens’ Lake Stage - what is your absolute favourite thing about the lovely Huw?

I think he’s really helped put the Welsh music scene on the map. Like a lot of Welsh BBC Radio DJs he’s really funny and relatable - there’s never any holier-than-thou airiness to him. You’ll always see him at gigs, doing his own research. He’s no faker.

Which one of you’s the best swimmer, and will you be joining DIY for a game of water polo in the lake?

We all went for a midnight swim after one of our gig in Brighton not so long ago. We had to be rescued by wardens. Or maybe they just stopped us because we were indecently exposed. Either way, bring it on.

Estrons will play The Lake Stage on Friday 15th July.

Taken from the July 2016 issue of DIY. Subscribe below.

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