Childcare grace Band On The Wall tomorrow as part of Manchester’s Off The Record Festival.

Tonight’s the night! Manchester’s multi-venue Off The Record Festival officially throw open the gates at 7pm this evening. To celebrate – and to whet the proverbial appetite – we got in touch with London’s Childcare before they take to the stage on Friday.


You’re playing at Off The Record this year, looking forward to it?
Manchester is fantastic. We’ve played there several times now and each gig has been very pleasing. The four of us are relishing the opportunity to play in the glorious venue that is Band On The Wall.

Is there anyone you’re particularly excited to see at the festival?
YES! We are into Fizzy Blood and Giant Boys. Cool stuff indeed.

If you could collaborate with any artist on the line-up, who would it be and why?
Giant Boys. They use a similar typeface to us. Also, punk is good, we could do something good with a slice of punk.

What can people expect from your set?
Skewed waves of softcore-pysch pop. A few quips. Lunges (from Rich). Sassy glares (from Emma), wonderful hip movements (from Ed) and long hair (from Glyn).

How does playing festivals compare to your own gigs? Do you have a preference?
Festivals can mean the crowd aren’t as well behaved. This is fine, provided they don’t take it too far. We’re an understanding band, but we expect respect.

Our own shows are full of love and a bond with the audience. A festival performance gives us that chance to create this over the course of 30 minutes. This is a challenge we relish.

Have you got many other gigs lined up for us to get excited about?
We’ve got some very exciting bits to announce soon about 2019. I’m afraid we can’t say more right now, so we’re doing that thing when you say you have something exciting but can’t give any details, so the answer isn’t all that interesting.

But I just remembered we will be hosting some wellness events of our own in February to celebrate the release of our album, so there’s something very interesting indeed.

What’s your preference between field and metropolitan festivals? 
Metropolitan. The public transport is better and you are nearer Pret/Paperchase/cash machines.

And finally, for those lucky enough to be going to Off The Record, in a few words, why should they come to see you play? 
Pure magic moments that’ll leave you loved up and floating home on a cloud of candyfloss.