So Download Festival is just over 2 weeks away and we know it’s always so hard to pick who you go to see. There’s always so many news bands to check out along side some of your favourites at Download Festival and we figure if we give you a bit of a preview of each and let them introduce themselves to you, it may make your planning easier.
Here are blues influenced, rockers Tax the Heat. Inspired by 60’s R&B and 70’s contemporary rock, they throw back to classic rock with some of their biggest fans being Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy and legendary producer Chris Goss.
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Jack, I play drums in the rock’n’roll band Tax The Heat.
How did you get started?
We got started after me and Alex (vocals/guitar) met up in our local record store. We were friends at school but lost contact for a few years and then realised that we had both moved to the same town and got talking straight away about starting up a new band, we jammed together and tried out a bunch of different line-ups. But once we found Antonio (bass) and JP (guitar) we knew straight away we’d got the right people to start up the band.
What stage and day are you playing at Download Festival?
We’re on the 2nd stage – the Zippo Encore stage, at 1pm on Friday.
What’s the best thing about playing Download Festival?
I don’t know, we haven’t done it yet! Can I come back to you on that one? … It’s by far the biggest gig we will have played, so I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a crazy and amazing day for all of us
Who are you most looking forward to seeing play at Download?
There’s loads of great bands, I think the whole day on our stage on the Friday is pretty good. Really looking forward to Rival Sons, also Royal Blood and Turbowolf.
Have you got any surprises in store for you Download set?
That would be telling wouldn’t it, I guess you’ll have to come along and find out!
What’s your best festival memory either personally attending as a fan or in the band? And what’s your advice to all the festival goers?
I once worked at a festival in the north of Norway, inside the Arctic Circle. It was pretty cool, all the dressing rooms were tipis with fires in the middle of them, there were reindeer all around and it only got dark for about one or two hours a night. That one stands out, but I’ve got loads of great memories from seeing bands at festivals too. My advice is obviously to come and check out Tax The Heat! What’s the worst that could happen?
This is your chance to have your say to make people come see your set at Download.
Check out our videos and music at: www.youtube.com/taxtheheatuk if you dig what you hear then come along, you won’t be disappointed I promise!
The band are on the 2nd stage, The Zippo Encore Stage on Friday at 1pm.