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The countdown continues until everyone’s favourite festival in a barn down on the farm, to whet your whistles, even more, we’ve cornered The Howl and The Hum for a chat ahead of their performance.

‘Portrait, I’ really blew us all away recently, a grand effort from the wonderful guys behind The Howl & The Hum, then they followed that up with the incredible ‘Murder’, they’re really on a roll that’s not set to slow down anytime soon. Get to know The Howl & The Hum before their set at this year’s Barn on the Farm.

Hey! How are you all?

Hello, collectively I’d say we’re about a 7.5 which is relatively good but with room for improvement.


You recently played at BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend, how was that?

It was very good thank you, I’d say it was 70% backing dancers backstage which made me think we’re missing a trick but we managed with just the four of us.


We’ve been loving your new track ‘Murder’ here in the office, how have you found the reaction to it?

Thanks a lot, it’s been grand maybe something like an 8.4 but don’t quote me on that.

Are there any new releases underway for us to get excited about?


‘D O N ‘ T S H O O T T H E S T O R M’ comes out on Friday 13th July, it is our new pop song about gun control


You’re playing at Barn on the Farm this year, looking forward to it?

Very much so, collectively a 9.6 I’d say. We played early last year so we had to set off from at daft’o’clock to make it so we will be equipped with brighter eyes and bushier tails this time around.


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

We saw Mahalia at The Biggest Weekend and she was mint so I’m looking forward to seeing her again and Gengahr because I really like that ‘She’s A Witch’ tune.


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

Aside from being top, geographically speaking Marsicans because they live near us

What can people expect from your set?

Four people with seven songs in a variety of keys and tempo’s creating an opportunity to shake your hips and live in a parallel universe for a short while.


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

We just like gigging, we’re essentially newborns when it comes to festivals and even gigs to an extent so we’re trying to win people round at every opportunity. In fact, Barn on the Farm last year was our first ever festival.


Have you got many other gigs lined up for us to get excited about?

We’re doing our first headline in London Town on the 17th of July at the Camden Assembly Rooms which will be a good laugh so please come along and make our mega bus journey worth it.


What are your top festival survival tips?

All you need is wet wipes for a DIY shower and a can-do attitude and you’re good to go really.


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

Because you walk away thinking that performance was a solid 10 (hopefully)