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Bands support Tom Williams and The Boat in Reading
by Matthew Crist

Tom Williams and the Boat
Tom Williams and the Boat will play in Reading with support from local bands

Tom Williams, from Tom Williams and The Boat, has been telling all about storming the music industry this year.

He chatted on The Session recently about enjoying national radio coverage, supporting Madonna and performing at Glastonbury, as well as an upcoming show in Reading.

So what are the festival favourites and darlings of Radio 1 looking forward to most about their return to Berkshire?

"We loved it last time we played", he says, talking about Reading.

He played the Rising Sun Arts Centre in February. "We had a really great time, just a tiny room with a really loud sound system and it's always been rammed there so we are looking forward to coming back."

Their gig in the winter may have introduced local fans to their blend of folk based rock but the six-piece are no strangers to the live circuit having shared the stage with one of the biggest entertainment stars in the world.

"A couple of years ago we played Radio 1's Big Weekend in Maidstone when Madonna played, so you could say we supported Madonna."

The band have attracted some high profile support from the godfather of new music, Huw Stephens, who has championed their music for some time now.

This may have helped Tom and the guys secure a performance to hundreds of thousands of festival goers at Glastonbury's 40th year celebrations recently.

"It was pretty mega, we played four shows in three days and it was boiling hot. We played three acoustic sets and a big band set.

"You turn up and hang around a lot and then you are suddenly thrust onto a massive stage which is bigger than anything you've ever seen before," says Tom, describing the less glamorous side of music festivals.

With such a lot going on in a short period of time keeping a sense of normality would be quite a task for some but Tom Williams and The Boat plan to keep their feet firmly on dry land for now.

"After Glastonbury everyone was grinning from ear-to-ear for about a week, but we've just got to keep looking ahead.

We are recording an EP in July and we plan on releasing our debut album at the beginning of next year, he explained.

You can catch Tom Williams and The Boat with support from Ben Marwood and Quiet Quiet band at The Rising Sun Arts Centre in Reading on Friday, 2 July. Tickets cost £5 on the door.

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