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Interview with Jacob Banks

18th June 2017 | Firefly Festival 2017

Interview with Jacob Banks

British artist Jacob Banks has, despite his age, had quite a storied career in music.

The first ever artist to perform in a Live Lounge before signing to a record label, his debut EP ‘The Monologue’ (released independently) received widespread support across the UK.

And then came the industry support.

The following years saw Jacob Banks tour with Emeli Sande, feature on Wretch 32’s ‘Doing OK’ as well as Chase & Status’ ‘Alive’. And then came the major label deal.

Jacob Banks’ latest EP, ‘The Boy Who Cried Freedom’ includes hits such as ‘Chainsmoking’ (which has garnered over 1.5M streams on Spotify) and ‘Unholy War’ and has taken him around the world.

Now, the boy from Birmingham, is performing at Firefly Festival!

Alex Noize interviewed Jacob Banks at Firefly Festival about his music career, storytelling with music and more.

Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

Alex Noize interviews Jacob Banks

Alex Noize interviews Jacob Banks at Firefly Festival about his music career, storytelling with music and more. (5 minutes)

Firefly Festival: Friday Diary

18th June 2017 | Firefly Festival 2017

Firefly Festival: Friday Diary

I woke up and felt the uncertainty of the festival about the line-up – attendance felt lower than last year on a Friday and there weren't as many big acts people were dying to see.

After my interview with Klangstof I decided to go and check them out at the Toyota Music Den; having watched some of their videos before the performance I had an idea of what to expect, but they performed with so much passion and looked to be having so much fun you wouldn't have thought they had another show a couple of hours after that!

Walking back to the Backyard Stage I came across James TW who I happened to be interviewing right after his performance; he was definitely a fan pleaser and showed off his multi instrumental skills and amazing voice. Great personality to match after interviewing him as well.

Unfortunately I didn't manage to catch much of Franz Ferdinand – who took to the Main Stage at 6:15 as I had to go and charge my phone (classic festival problems), but I was lucky (and in hindsight) really happy to watch the whole of Lil Dicky's set on the Lawn Stage at 7.

He was the sleeper pick for me as I wasn't too sure whether he'd be able to pull off an hour set (I didn't know he had an hours worth of music!) He got off to a great start – and his set felt like more of a stand up show where he happens to play songs in between, which I'm sure was intentional. Highlight – when he gave a girl a striptease on stage in just his boxers; this was probably the most talked about part of the festival.

I practically…

Firefly Festival: Ultimate Playlist

17th June 2017 | Firefly Festival 2017

Firefly Festival: Ultimate Playlist

From 16th June to 18th June we’re in Dover, Delaware for Firefly Festival!

One of the most exciting festivals of the summer, it boasts a line-up of 5 headliners including: Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper, Bob Dylan and Muse.

Through-out the festival we’re going to be updating a Spotify playlist full of the best tracks from Firefly Festival to make… the Ultimate Playlist!

Check out the playlist in action below.