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Holy State prepare to warm up Wembley for Biffy Clyro
By Zoe Applegate
BBC Norfolk

Holy State
Holy State have been hampered by snow on their tour with Biffy Clyro

An unsigned Norwich band are gearing up for the biggest show of their career - playing in front of up to 12,500 people at Wembley Arena on 4 December 2010.

Holy State will warm up the London crowd for top rock band Biffy Clyro.

It's the final stadium date for the local four-piece who have been supporting the Scottish group on their UK road trip.

Singer Rob Jarvis said: "It's like this big thing that is hanging above us. We know it's the pinnacle of the tour."

Although the band's nerves are jangling at the thought of walking out in front of the massive turnout, they will have the support of family and friends who are making the trip to cheer them on.

"We're trying not to think about it but at the same time how can you not - it's Wembley!" said Rob.

Confidence boost

Their confidence has been bolstered by the response they've got so far from Biffy's fans on the eight-date stadium tour.

"It's going really good," said Rob, "so far we've not been booed or hissed off stage."

"Every night we've been well received and the shows have been amazing - the stage show itself is a complete spectacle," added the 24-year-old.

One thing that hasn't gone so well for them though is contending with the snow and high winds on their travels to some of the country's biggest music venues.

"We're battling against the elements daily - it's been insane," said Rob.

"The tour started in Aberdeen and then on to Glasgow and the weather was really bad.

"The other day we were shovelling snow out of an Asda car park because we got stuck."

Bad conditions weren't a problem that Holy State - which includes guitarist Victor Janhagen, bassist Mark Smalls and drummer Maximillian Applin - had to face while honing their set on their recent tour across Europe supporting indie outfit Blood Red Shoes.

'Big deal'

However, their wrangles with the wintry weather have been rewarded with an up-close glimpse of a platinum-selling band at the top of their game.

"It's the biggest tour Biffy have done," said Rob. "This is a big deal for them and we're leaving them to it but we're definitely planning on having some parties as friends and playing in their dressing room.

"We're absorbing as much information from them as possible."

Any newly-recruited fans from the arena tour can see Holy State back in action at a headline show at Norwich Arts Centre on Saturday, 22 January 2011.




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