Freeda talks on their upcoming festival and the key to survival.

Indie-rock band Freeda landed in 2017 and in just one year have now taken over their hometown Manchester by storm. Appearing on the mainstage at Dot 2 Dot Festival has been their biggest success so far and they aren’t done there. The 5-piece band are set to become one of the fastest growing bands to come out of Manchester, with their traditional inspirations they have found a distincitively modern sound and are sure to rise in the charts.

In December, Manchester is set to host the Year’s End 2018 Festival with acts like Spector, The Whip and Cassia Bloxx. We caught up with Freeda to find out how they’re feeling about their soon to be biggest show to date at the 02 Ritz.

You’re playing at Years End Festival soon, are you looking forward to it?

We can’t think of a better way to finish the year. When we were offered the opportunity to play we took it instantly. It’s the biggest show we’ve played so far in Manchester and we’ve always seen The Ritz as one of the most iconic venues in our city. Being part of the very first Years End Festival is also a huge honour for us!

Is there anyone you’re particularly excited to see at the event?

Over the past year we’ve played gigs with Cleargreen, Ambiere and Urban Theory so it’ll be good to catch up with those guys again. Cassia and Spector are obviously huge names and bands that we’ve been fans of for a while so it’ll be a big moment for us to share the stage with them.

If you could collaborate with any artist on the line-up, who would it be and why?

Both ourselves and Ambiere are from the same small village in Manchester (Mossley – look it up) so we’ve known each other for years and talked in the past about collaborating on something. We’d probably end up sounding like the love child of Fleetwood Mac, Miles Kane and Frankie Knuckles but it’d be worth a go.

What can people expect from your set?

The new songs we’ve been working on are definitely the strongest and most upbeat we’ve written so far. We’re excited to see how they’re received and they’ll be added alongside material we’ve been polishing for the last year. The more gigs you play the more you realise what works and what doesn’t. In that sense we’ve never felt more prepared for a show as it will definitely be our biggest yet!

How does playing events like these compare to your own gigs? Do you have a preference?

Whenever we play we always want to entertain and make people remember they’ve been to an event. There’s no better feeling than playing live and feeding off the atmosphere of an audience that’s buying into what you’re doing. Headline shows mean a lot to us as it’s always in the back of your mind that people have gone out of their way specifically for us. That being said, events such as Years End Festival allow bands to reach a much larger audience which is a huge buzz

Aside from this, what other plans do you have for live shows?

We’re chatting with the guys at Scruff of the Neck and working out what the best next move will be. This year we’ve gone from playing our first headline show at AATMA (120 capacity) to playing the main stage at The Ritz (1500 capacity) so the progression has been huge. If we can keep that momentum, and combine it with more regional shows and festivals, 2019 will be a big year for us.

What are your top festival survival tips?

  • Find something recognisable to remember where you’re camping. An effigy of Gareth Southgate worked well for us.
  • Take a mallet, pushing tent pegs into the ground isn’t fun.
  • Bananas & Water. Hydration + Potassium is key if you’ve had a heavy one.
  • Head torch inside a water bottle = Camping lamp (You’re welcome)
  • Don’t take a pop up tent, you’ll end up chasing it around a field and it’ll make it down the M60 before you.


And finally, for those lucky enough to be going to Years End Fest, in a few words, why should they come see you play? Think of this as new music speed dating, no pressure, 30 seconds, GO.

Indie rock music with just the right amount of chelsea boot X.


To see Freeda live at the Year’s End 2018 Festival, tickets can be found here.