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Horse Guards Parade's band blog
James Waudby
By James Waudby
Horse Guards Parade

Hello, my name is James and I'm in the band Horse Guards Parade.

We are playing the Leeds Festival on Friday and the Reading Festival on Saturday.

I have been asked to give you a no holds barred account of the weekend and our preparation in the run up to it.

Well we started the week by getting interviewed on Raw Talent last Sunday with two other bands who are playing the festival - Bear Driver and Ellen and the Escapades - both Leeds band.

They were really nice and make good music too. After the interview we took Bear Driver out for a quick drink but ended up getting mauled by the drunken hordes in Rugby Tavern, not sure the band will be coming back to Hull in a hurry.

We thought it would be a good idea to have a practise at some point so we all got together on Tuesday and played for an hour or so, honing our 22 minute set for our 25 minute slot.

Horse Guards Parade
Horse Guards Parade in a recent session for Raw Talent

That should leave us with a couple of minutes to tune up our instruments and wind up the audience.

Talking about wind up, Look North, the local TV news programme got in touch to say they would like to do an interview with us at the festival. Not sure we'll get to meet perm-a-tan local news reading celebrity, Peter Levy, but just to have him mention our name will be a dream come true.

Other than that, it's just been a normal week. I bumped into Loz of The Neat who are playing Leeds on Saturday and Reading on Sunday. He seemed excited and said they were coming to Leeds on Friday, so will hopefully catch our set.

I also checked my tent for holes, got out my wellies and bought some beer and Harveys Bristol Cream to keep us warm at the festival.

I'll keep you informed with how the weekend unfolds, or descends - I'll let you decide which word is most appropriate.




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