London four-piece ISLAND share their touring plans and tell us about their pesky debut album (shh)

You’re off on your first UK/EU tour super soon in November! How excited are you guys? Got any big plans? 

Couldn’t be more excited to hit the road again especially as it’s our first headline tour. Feels like it’s been a while too, as we’ve been busy writing our debut album this summer. We’ll definitely be mixing up the live set this tour as it’ll be our first chance to really test run some some of the album tunes.

You’ve just played Dot to Dot festival as well as a few other shows, any standout moments? 

All three cities came out in full force which was great. Our personal highlight was sharing a van with our buds Otzeki for the weekend.

You just mentioned that you’ve started work on the album, can you tell us anything about it? Will there be a concept?

Recently we’ve been fascinated by what makes good driving music, from spending a lot of time on the road we’ve really noticed how different moods suit different stages of a journey which inspired us to base the album on the idea of soundtracking our very own, but not so literal drive.

What’s next for ISLAND, post summer post November tour? 

We’re planning on releasing a few singles before November and then touring again when the album comes out in spring next year. We love playing shows so we want to tour as much as we can for as long as we can.
You’re playing Barn on the Farm this weekend; looking forward to it?
We know a couple of Barn on the Farm regulars like Amber Run and Outlya who sing its praises every year, so we’re excited for sure.
Is there anyone you’re particularly excited to see at Barn on the Farm Festival?

Isaac Gracie; we had Issac play our second head line show with us and we’ve always been in love with his voice, his new tune ‘All In My Mind’ is him at his best.

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

Who wouldn’t want Lucy Rose singing on one of your tracks?

What can people expect from your Barn on the Farm set? Any new spots for new material?

There may be a couple new tunes in the mix, you’ll have to wait and see…

How does playing festivals compare to your own gigs? Do you have a preference?

At festivals we get the opportunity to play in front of a bunch of new ears so it’s always nice to get a positive response from the crowd. Having a room full of familiar faces singing back at you is always special though, pretty hard to top that.
Have you got many other festival appearances planned for us to get excited about? 

Festival Number 6, we’ve only heard great things.

What are your top festival survival tips? 

Fanny packs are a festival necessity for us. That is all.

And finally, for those lucky enough to be going to Barn on the Farm 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.
Come see us because we are the best band playing on that stage at that time.
Barn on the Farm takes place 29th June – 2nd July. Catch Island on on Saturday, more information here.