reef leicester interview
Brit rockers Reef are back in Leicester on Saturday 10 December with a show at Leicester’s O2 Academy. Following their 1996 million selling album, Glow, the band have stayed in the hearts of many music fans and continue to be an almost guaranteed play at every student night across the land with Place Your Hands.

The band are now enjoying a a renewed impetus thanks to new guitarist Jesse Wood (The Ronnie Wood Band/Faces/Fearne Cotton husband fame) and will be coming to Leicester as part of their UK tour.

We caught up with Jack from the band to find out what fans can look forward to from the new tour and we’ve even got a pair of tickets to give away!

What can fans expect on this tour?
They will see Reef firing on all cylinders. We have new songs to play plus the classics. Jesse Wood on the guitar is fitting in great plus we have Andy Wallace on keys creating a superb and interesting sound.

Who’s been your biggest musical inspiration?
If it has to be one person I would say Neil Young.

What’s been your favourite venue to play at?
We’ve very recently played at Brudenell Social Club in Leeds which is a great venue. Also Holmfirth Picture Dome where we played last year and again this year was a brilliant night. M,an it’s all a blast playing with Reef.

reef leicester interview

You’ve got a night off from performing, who’s the band you want to go and see?
We’ve been working with George Drakoulias ( producer ) again recently and he was showing us a concert filmed in Norway with Booker T and the M G’s. I’ve always been into this band but watching The Stax Volt 1967 tour this is a gig I would like to have seen.

Place Your Hands..
How does it feel knowing that the song is still such an anthem almost 20 years after its original release?
It feels fantastic and makes me appreciate having had George working with us to give the song such a timeless appeal

Back in April you supported Coldplay at Wembley Stadium, how is it playing those huge venues after so many years together as a band?
It was something else. Just being in the stadium and looking up at the sky was amazing and playing to such a big crowd was fantastic. Coldplay put on a spectacular show, it was a great gig for us this year.

What’s been your favourite album of 2016?
Bon Iver: 22, A million

Who are you tipping for big things in 2017?
We played a gig at Glastonbury Festival this year on The Williams Green Stage, Yak were on before and I was digging their sound plus been hearing them on the radio recently.

What does 2017 hold for Reef?
New songs and one more session with George to finish a new album, hopefully more gigs, festivals and enjoying music and people. There’ll be traveling, skateboarding, getting in the sea, surfing, living and loving nature.

Reef play Leicester’s O2 Academy on Saturday 10 December and tickets are available here.

We’ve got a pair of tickets to the gig to give away! If you want to be there just fill in your name and details in the fields below. The closing date is Tuesday 6 December at 5pm and the winner will be announced shortly after.

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