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As It Is talks Reading & Leeds: “We’ll see if we can get a last minute surprise lined up!”

Brighton five-piece As It Is are one of the many bands taking to The Pit this weekend (28th – 30th August) at Reading & Leeds Festival, on Saturday (Reading) and Sunday (Leeds).

“It’s massively important to all of us,” says Patty Walters, from his flat where he’s working on acoustic versions of some the songs on the band’s new record with bandmates Benjamin Biss and Andy Westhead.

“Reading & Leeds is such a prominent part of alternative music in the UK, and it’s definitely a festival we each dreamt we’d get to play one day. Very excited and humbled to be a part of such an amazing festival.”

“I went to Reading festival in 2006,” he continues, “so this will be my first time back in nine years! I was only 14, and I only was only there for the Sunday, so it definitely wasn’t the full R&L experience, but I had a brilliant time.

“The sets that most impressed me were Taking Back Sunday, Less Than Jake and My Chemical Romance.”

This year, Patty’s “probably most excited to watch Alexisonfire again now that they’ve reformed, as I grew up hugely influenced by them. I’m super excited as well to watch and catch up with PVRIS, they are lovely people and put on an incredible show.”

And as for their own band’s set? “The inevitable sappy, sentimental speech will surely happen. We also like to ask people to do guest vocals minutes before we play, so we’ll see if we can get a last minute surprise lined up!”

As It Is released their debut album ‘Never Happy, Ever After’ in April of this year. “We’ve felt a monumental change ever since our album release show only a few months ago,” Patty explains. “That was a truly overwhelming show for us. Every show since has felt so crazy and surreal.

“My favourite part of our set has to be ‘Dial Tones’. If the crowd’s having fun, I’m having fun, and ‘Dial Tones’ is always a massive party. I also honed my mic swings and tricks throughout Warped Tour this year, and I go pretty crazy, arguably overboard, with them during that song.

“After Reading & Leeds, we fly off to tour Japan and Australia, both for the very first time. Then we spend October and November in the U.S. on the AP Tour with some amazing bands and friends. It’s going to be an awesome end to an unforgettable year for us.”

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.

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