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Priestgate delighted by reaction to headline tour

Driffield indie band Priestgate have said they are hungry to take their music to new areas after recently completing their first headline tour to packed venues across the UK.

Made up of Rob Schofield, Bridie Stagg, Kai Overton, Connor Bingham and Isaac Ellis, Priestgate are one of the country’s most highly-rated up and coming bands.

Over the last 18 months, the group has performed at several prestigious festivals, including Reading and Leeds, and have had one of their singles named as Jack Saunders’ Tune of the Week on Radio 1.

Priestgate’s most recent rise up the music industry ladder saw them named as the headline act for the Dork Hype List Tour.

The tour kicked off in Glasgow on 3rd February and saw the band perform in Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, London, Brighton, Birmingham and Nottingham, completing a series of eight gigs in just nine days.

Previous Priestgate tours have seen the band act as support for more established performers.

However, the group’s growing reputation saw them named top of the bill for the first time.

Kai Overton, bassist with Priestgate, told the Wolds Weekly that the band was initially apprehensive as to whether people would pay their hard-earned money to watch a group of musicians from a small town in East Yorkshire.

However, there was no need for any concern, with Kai explaining how they were all overwhelmed by the reaction from the audiences.

“The tour exceeded any expectations we had,” he said. “With it being our first headline tour, we didn’t know whether anyone was going to come out and see us.

“We’re used to turning up and supporting other bands and at those gigs, the pressure is usually off the support act.

“So, to see people turning up to watch us was mind-blowing and made us all feel grateful to be doing what we are doing.

“The response from the crowd was great and made all the shows really fun. Going into areas of the country that we had never played before, such as Bristol, was quite scary for a northern band.

“But luckily, everyone has embraced the fact that the band is from a ‘small town’ and we played out to some packed out rooms alongside some really good bands.

“As a band, we all felt that the Manchester gig was the one where we had reached a point where we could start to consider the possibility that we might be a proper band.

“The venue was packed and I was stood in the crowd, watching the support band, and people just continued to come in.

“That was the gig where, in a good way, we felt there was a nervous buzz about it, and the whole show turned out to be awesome.”

With the tour now over, Priestgate’s focus turns to the rest of the year, with the release of the band’s new EP next on the agenda.

Kai said it’s a record that sees Priestgate take a different direction, and fans will be able to hear the new sounds at gigs planned during the remainder of the year.

“The tour definitely fulfilled everything we hoped it would,” he said. “It’s all about trying to progress and work our way up in a tough industry.

“You’ve got to move up the stepping stones. We’ve come from being first on stage at a show, then becoming the second act and now we’ve made the next step up as headliners.

“Our manager worked really closely with Dork magazine, who sponsored the tour, and credit goes to both of those and our booking agent for making it happen.

“It’s given us lots of fire in our belly to keep working hard and get out there performing in as many different venues as possible, especially stepping into places we haven’t been before, so we can keep building and growing our fanbase.

“We’ve got new music coming out shortly, with an EP to be released in March. We recorded it a little while ago in Brixton and we’re really excited to get some new songs out.

“It’s seen us stepping into a new direction and hopefully that will work in our favour.

“Everyone is keen to develop our sound and do something a little bit different.

“At the minute, we’ve got Live at Leeds: In The Park scheduled for May, which will be good.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to keep announcing further gigs for the rest of the year.”

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