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Black Foxxes: “Reading was always the festival we talked about playing”

Ahead of their appearance at Reading & Leeds Festival this weekend (28th – 30th August), Exeter trio Black Foxxes have revealed a little about what fans can expect from their two sets. “We’ll do what we always do,” says frontman Mark Holley, “turn up, play fucking loud and hopefully people like it. Whoever turns up first thing to watch us Sunday morning at Reading gets all the gold stars, third day hangovers aren’t fun.”

The festival’s a big one for the band, who place a great importance on the event. “As a band it’s massive,” Mark continues. “Reading was always the festival we talked about playing early on when we formed. It’s the festival we’ve all grown up going to, and it’s another big step for us in a crazy year together as a band.”

“2007 I think it was,” he says of his first visit. “I had such bad sun stroke for the whole festival, I could barely walk. I remember crawling to see Biffy Clyro! They opened with ‘Bodies In Flight’ and I lost my shit, passed out during the second song and woke up outside with paramedics around me… then I went straight back in to catch the rest of their set, it was insane.”

This year’s Reading & Leeds will be headlined by The Libertines, Mumford & Sons and Metallica. Against Me!, PVRIS, Bring Me The Horizon, Drenge and current Upset cover stars, FIDLAR will also play. “I’m a big fan of FIDLAR so seeing them on the Main Stage will be fun. Failing that it’s going to be awesome to chill with our boys in Nothing But Thieves, whether you’re a fan of their music or not I urge you to see that band live. They’re outrageous!”

“After this run of dates with Dear Hunter we’re writing for the album,” Mark says of their plans post-event. “We already have a solid group of songs to go on, but we want to lock ourselves away and come up with something huge. Every year we set ourselves different goals and so far we’ve surpassed everything we’ve set. Next year we just keep setting the goals higher, I’m fucking excited for 2016.”

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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