Our fave Gloucestershire beauties, Ardyn, are heading off to Truck Fest next week! We caught up with them for a chat about all things Tourist, Truck and beyond.

Truck Festival is kicking off this time next week! We’re super excited, it seems to have placed itself as one of the buzziest festivals of the year… no doubt because of its first class lineup, ehy!

Hey, we’re loving your recent tune with Tourist at the moment, how was it working with him? 
It was great, we have collaborated with him a lot over the past year and he brings something really unique and interesting to our music. The song I (Katy) featured on is definitely new territory for Tourist – it is more of a typical song structure and does have more organic production, compared to his previous work.
Your recent video for ‘Together’ is spectacular, did you have a specific vision going in or did it change at all?
Thank you! Well as soon as we I the treatment I was sold. I have always been obsessed with 60’s counter-culture and everything involved with it. So the idea of recreating a commune just sounded like a dream to me.

You recently played at London’s Hoxton Hall, how was that?
It was so much fun. Such a beautiful venue and we had a really great crowd so we were very chuffed indeed.
You’ve been making quite a few Spotify playlists of late, what inspired this? Are you guys big Spotify fans?
I am going to put a spanner in the works here (haha). I (Katy) use Apple Music, but I do enjoy making the Spotify playlists. I feel there isn’t much mystery to artists, because of social media, so I really like the idea of sharing a bit of who you are and your taste in music through playlists.
You’re playing at Truck Festival next week, looking forward to it?
Very much so! Had lots of friends that have gone to it over the years and have loved it, so excited to play and check it out.
 
Is there anyone you’re particularly excited to see at Truck Festival?
Well, I’m a sucker for Franz Ferdinand, but I’m also looking forward to seeing our friends Bad Sounds play. Plus, Willie J Healey, who we’ve run into a lot over the year. His music really reminds me of Paul McCartney when he did that album RAM.
If you could collaborate with any artist on the lineup, who would it be and why?
Ooo that’s a hard one. I think collaborating with Slaves would be pretty fun. A massive merge of vibes.
What can people expect from your Truck set? Any new material appearances? 
Yes, we have a lot of new songs in the set and we can’t wait to play them to people. It’s much more dynamic live and we are loving playing this new set.
How does playing festivals compare to your own gigs? Do you have a preference?
I think there’s a time and place for both. But I think festivals are just a bit more dramatic and exciting – really quick change overs and then you’re on stage to a lot of jolly people. You have to try and win them over which I really enjoy. But our own gigs are equally great because you can’t beat playing to a room of people who have all come to see you.
Have you got many other festival appearances planned for us to get excited about? We’ve
We are playing Citadel this Sunday, which was really looking forward to, then we’re playing Kendall Calling, 110 Above, Fieldview, and On Blackheath.
What are your top festival survival tips?
Bring wet wipes, loo roll and lots of cans of coke for the horrendous hangovers.
And finally, for those lucky enough to be going to Truck 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 got loads of new tunes and we are gonna sing our bloody hearts out.
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