Ahead of their forthcoming self-titled debut album, due for release on 16th October, Nothing But Thieves will be playing two sets at Reading & Leeds Festival this weekend (28th – 30th August).
“It’s such a great festival,” says the band’s Conor Mason (vocals), “and we have so many fond memories of it. Can’t quite believe we’re playing the NME / Radio 1 Stage.”
His first time at the event was 2010, when he was an “annoying little teenager who got way too drunk to be allowed in public but loved Biffy Clyro, Queens of the Stone Age.”
“I discovered Everything Everything and fell in love with them there and then,” he continues. “They played the slot we’re playing this year so that brings me confidence.”
“[This year] I’m literally going to jump over and spend the day in the NME / Radio 1 tent. The line up’s fucking nuts: Slaves, Circa Waves, Everything Everything, Catfish and the Bottlemen.
“And I’m looking forward to catching up with Marmozets and Twin Atlantic, they’re all bloody laavly.”
The band’s summer of festivals has also been helpful in shaping their album. “You can definitely tell what your crowd reacts to and what songs they favour etc, so it’s always a good place to judge.
“But we just knew the tracks going on. It was really quite obvious to the whole band.
“We started recording it last summer and finished it a few months ago. We just are so particular about our sound that we kept going back abs nitpicking at it. We’re so proud of how it’s come out, worked out asses off and cannot wait to release it.
“[After the release] we’re literally on tour straight off for a month and a half so we can’t fucking wait for that. That’ll lead up to Christmas where our bassist will probably go back to working in shopping centres as Father Christmas.
”Then it’s just tour tour tour heavily. Bring it on.”
Reading Festival 2015 has now completely sold out, with the last few weekend tickets snapped up a few days ago. Tickets for Leeds Festival are still available. Read more about Reading & Leeds in the September issue of Upset.