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Local band get chance of lifetime

Joel James, BBC Blast reporter
By Joel James
BBC Blast Reporter, BBC York & North Yorkshire

Surprise...Fire. Image: freddybulmer.co.uk
Surprise...Fire are playing on the BBC Introducing stage at Leeds and Reading

Ryedale based band, Surprise…Fire was selected to play the BBC's Introducing stage at the 2009 Reading and Leeds Festivals.

I caught up with Joshua, Matthew, Freddie, William, and Sam after their live session for BBC Radio York Introducing.

Their music, which caught the ear of BBC Radio York's Introducing producer Matt Seymour, has been influenced by alternative and old-school rock and bands like Fall Out Boy and Bloc Party.

BBC's introducing stage has sky-rocketed some bands to success in previous years including Biffy Clyro, MGMT and The Wombats. Surprise…Fire explained how excited they were to be given such a great opportunity:

The day after we were asked to play the Introducing stage we got seven gig offers, it was really good!

"The day we were told we were playing Leeds Festival I was almost crying on the phone, we all felt so happy, it was completely unexpected! The day after we were asked to play the Introducing stage we got seven gig offers, it was really good!"

Coming from slightly more remote parts of North Yorkshire, what's it like starting up a band from the sticks?

"It's harder because we've got York as a base for gigs but further afield we don't have any contacts. We don't know which venues to get in touch with, so you have a disadvantage in that sense, but in some aspects it's easier; there's less competition from other bands."

Surprise…Fire is a five-piece band whose members are from Pickering, Stonegrave and Malton and I asked them about their local scene:

"When we were young there were loads and loads of gigs, we just remember going to a gig every weekend but as we've got older the scene has almost died."

Now the band have the opportunity to play at well established festivals, it seems they may have put Ryedale back on the musical map! The area has already produced promising music talent, including One Night Only.

My Friend Juliet is one of the local bands that inspired Surprise...Fire to form, after countless gigs in their home towns.


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