It’s almost time for Bushstock Festival! Are you ready? Good – coz so are BANFI. The energetic East London trio are ready to set the Traid alight with their high-octane yet emotive indie-pop sound; take one listen to their recent fun-fuelled single ‘Rosedale House’ to get a taste of what you’re in for. We took a pitstop with the band to see what they’ve been up to as of late, their plans for the summer, and who they are looking forward to seeing at Bushstock Festival…

Hey! We hear you’ve just filmed yourselves doing a cover of your fave Perfume Genius song? How did you go about picking that track?

Hey! Yeah we have. We love Perfume Genius and his new record is so good. The production is also super cool so we thought it might be a good challenge to replicate it semi-acoustically, and also an excuse to get up on our friend Jake Dypka’s roof and play some music!

You recently played Dot To Dot festival! How was it for you?

Dot 2 Dot was an incredible experience for us. We were just blown away by the response of all the audiences we got to play to. There was something about the energy in all of the rooms and cities that just felt like everyone was up for having a good time and getting a bit silly! (Which we love…) We also got to sleep on the floor in a corridor together for the first time…that sort of stuff brings you a bit closer!

And, of course, you’ve just been on tour with Bear’s Den. Any particular highlights, or perhaps nightmare moments?

The tour with Bears Den was a blast! We felt so so privileged to get to play to that many people night after night and to share the stage with such talented and lovely people. We try to seize every opportunity that we get as a band and this was huge for us, so we had a lot of fun and worked super hard as well.
There were some memorable moments from the tour, one in particular being when Chris our bass player decided to pull out a gimp mask at 3 in the morning when we returned to our hotel…what followed was all I can describe as the best/harshest judo throws I’ve ever seen! Something must of just clicked in Joe’s head and the next thing you know Chris has almost gone through the floor! Classic tour…

What do we have to look forward to from Banfi next?

We’re going to be releasing some more music over the next few months which we’re really excited about. We’re also playing a bunch more festivals this Summer and heading out on our first ever headline tour, which we’re super excited about!

You’re playing Bushstock Festival this Saturday, looking forward to it?

Definitely! There are some really great bands playing this year so we’ll be wondering around the town checking those out and taking in the wonderful sights of Shepherds Bush…

Is there anyone you’re particularly excited to see at Bushstock Festival?

There are a few – Spring King (saw these guys at Live at leeds a while ago and was blown away!), The Staves (can’t wait to hear the new material live!) and The Big Moon (Those girls are killing it at the moment and we’re big fans of their record, it’s really honest).

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

Tarek, who is the singer and drummer of Spring King has produced some really great things that we’re into so it would be cool to spend a day with him in the studio.

What can people expect from your set?

People can expect to be entertained! We like to try and strike a balance between recklessness and control…By that I mean that we like to have a good time and want the audience to dance and have fun but also want to connect with people on an emotional and musical level that comes from doing the songs justice and playing them the best we can.

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

It depends on the audience really. If you manage to connect with them then it doesn’t matter where you are.

Have you got many other festival appearances planned for us to get excited about?

We’re playing Citadel which we’re crazy excited about, the line up is just immense! Bonobo, Foals, Laura Marling…ridiculous.

What are your top festival survival tips?

This is England…Wellies, always wellies (or plastic bags to wrap around ya sweet trainers if you must)

And finally, for those lucky enough to be going to Bushstock 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.

We’re tall, small, loud, quiet, fast, slow, serious, reckless and all the bits between…we could be everything you’ve ever wanted.

Banfi play Traid 19:00-19:30.  Final tickets for this year’s Bushstock festival are available from here: http://tickets.lnk.to/Bushstock