So what do you do when you've put on pretty much the finest celebration of post rock the world has ever seen? Apparently you go out & book Mono, Russian Circles, This Will Destroy You, Ef, team up with Sargent House and pack the undercard with wonderful rising talent like Rumour Cubes, Codes In The Clouds, Karhide, Lost In The Riots & Wicket; bands that readers of these pages may well be familiar with but a wider audience will get the pleasure of for the first time. 

Ahead of their appearance at the festival, we spoke to a number of the bands playing for the first time about what they're looking forward to. Today we talk to Wicket.

(((o))): On the scale of 7-10 - how excited are you to be performing at this year’s ATG (let’s be honest, anything below 7 won’t be acceptable)?

Off the scale excited.  It is, without doubt, our highlight of the year… we’re very excited and feel extremely privileged to play alongside so many amazing acts, most of whom we have happily paid good money to go see in the past.  Being on that poster just makes us giddy.

(((o))): How have you been preparing for this year’s performance and what can we expect from your show?

We’ve just finished recording our first album, so we’ve been writing a lot of new material and polishing our performance for the set. You can expect lots of delay, dynamics and some DIY visuals too.

(((o))): If you went last year (whether as a band or privately) - what were your highlights?

Either spilling all the red wine whilst dancing erratically to This Town Needs Guns, or falling asleep next to that giant bonfire near the main stage.  Also, seeing quite a few of the bands walk around the site and having the opportunity to have a chat/pester them was fantastic.

(((o))): What are you most looking forward to at this year’s festival - musically and in general (I can’t wait to try a cactus burrito for example)?

Number one is definitely playing at such an awesome festival – the line-up is just stacked and we are really pleased to be involved.  Number two, seeing This Will Destroy You again and hearing their new material.

(((o))): If you were to chose two bands to play next year, one headliner and one local, who would it be and why?

We’re big fans of Explosions in the Sky – they killed it on their last tour over here.  That’d be cool.  We play a lot with Nanook of the North in Cardiff – they rock and deserve to be up there next year too.

(((o))): If you were given the chance to DJ one of the silent discos, give us a 5-song playlist of what you’d make us jump around to

Craig David – 7 Days

Tangled Hair – Forty Winks

Them The Sky – Fall

Enemies – Indian Summer

Waking Aida – Glow Coin

(((o))): One of the best memories from last year was the always swarmed merch stand. What are you getting prepared for the ATG fans merch-wise? Any exclusives?

We may have some sort of taster of our debut album together, maybe a Wicket tank-top too.

(((o))): The great thing about last year was the parade of awesome band t-shirts. Which band t-shirts will your band be sporting?

Danny will no doubt have his Zep t-shirt somewhere.  Raurie – an Oceansize one.  Spud will, no doubt, be wearing nothing.

(((o))): Where will we be most likely to bump into you on site?

Wherever the wind takes us.  We’ll probably be attempting to cram in as many bands as possible, frantically running from stage to stage.

(((o))): Who’s on your ‘en route to ATG’ playlist? And who’s your designated driver?

We’re going to be in separate cars this year, but that means Danny and Raurie can get away with listening to Led Zepplin or ACDC. Spud will be listening to the Lion King OST guaranteed.


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