The end of festival season is always sad – there’s no more opportunities to disgrace yourself in a field and go home with little to no consequences, it becomes less appropriate to get horrifically drunk and worst of all, less opportunity to discover new and great artists. But, worry not, for Worcester holds a golden opportunity. You may not be able to camp in a field and build up a wall of B.O. but you will find more than a few hidden gems amongst the sprawling metropolitan festival. Dotted across various venues within the city, every type of music will be showcased alongside spoken word and comedy acts on Sunday night. The best part? It’s all in aid of a wonderful charity: St. Paul’s Hostel. If you have any sense left after the summer, you’ll be heading down to soak up the talent between the 15th-17th of September.
We caught them at Uncover and fell well and truly in love and now they’re returning to Worcester, we’re ready to fall further into their electronic sound
WHO: Lycio | WHERE: Bottles | WHEN: Sun 17th @ 20:00
How are you feeling about Worcester Music Festival?
We’re massively looking forward to WMF – particularly playing our full set in an intimate, live lounge-style format. We played a couple of tracks like this for a live On-Air Brum Radio session – but this is the first time we’ve played our entire set in this way, & to a live audience.
Are you excited?
Super excited – we played recently at The Marrs Bar for Uncover. That was our first time in Worcester; it was a wicked atmosphere and really positive reception, so we’re looking forward to returning. Worcester is also such a nice city.
How would you like to introduce yourself to new fans?
As something new & individual; we feel unique in making the music that we do, with just three people, whilst not using any backing tracks or playback. The balance with Lycio between acoustic/electronic is very even, you could say it’s about 50/50 – and we feel that usually this kind of style leans more towards the electronic.
Have you played at other festivals before?
We had a great August; playing as far away as Coquetfest just beneath Scotland, and as close as Birmingham Town Hall for Project Soundlounge. A highlight was playing CarFest for BBC Children in Need, which was a big one for us. We even bumped into the man himself Chris Evans, who does a great job with the festival, and we made it onto the official programme’s ‘highlights’ section. We started our festival season off with a main stage slot at ValeFest – University of Birmingham’s student run festival; the biggest in Europe apparently!
How was your experience?
Really positive, we feel we’ve road-tested ourselves for festivals now. We know we can find our way there & back, play, and survive the camping!
What was your first live performance like?
Our first performance was at The Actress & Bishop, I think we were prepared for the set to potentially end up a train-wreck, technically speaking, as we were very ambitious from the beginning with the technology elements to our set. Lots of real time effects, live side-chaining, triggers, etc. It went smoothly, and we remember talking on the way back after the gig; that as we then knew we could do it live with no issues, we’d have great success with the project.
How has your act developed since then?
We’ve definitely become more confident in performing, and generally more at ease. We’re super comfortable with the set, and I think that translates to a tighter performance.
How has your local music scene affected the way you play live?
The music scene in Birmingham is really eclectic, so we are comfortable playing different types of line-ups; whether they are rock, urban, or more electronic/contemporary.
Have you got any tricks up your sleeve for your performance?
Genny likes to tell the occasional ‘bad’ joke. We’re expecting to be very close to each other at our WMF performance, it’s gonna be cosy!
Are there any other acts you are looking forward to seeing or any that you’d recommend?
We’re playing at Bottles Wine Bar, and Lady Sanity is playing after us I believe. She’s a prolific figure in Birmingham’s scene, a result of being a great talent, so it’ll be great to play on the same bill as her. I have caught her playing a couple of times in Birmingham, so Worcester is in for a treat.
And finally, do you have any tales of the road you’d like to share with us?
Alex drove so slowly after we supported Yonaka & Gurr discussing our performance; that he got pulled over by the Police thinking he was drink driving. On our 5 hour trip to Coquetfest, Genny took a recorder (that she is a beginner on, let’s be fair) and made some valiant/hilarious efforts at recreating some of the music playing in the car (a highlight being a Muse guitar solo) as well as The Titanic theme tune. See our Facebook for evidence of this.
Worcester Music Festival takes place 15th-17th of September across the city and is in aid of St. Paul’s Hostel who are working to improve the care they provide for the homeless.