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INTERVIEW: The Wired

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Given their politeness, kindness and huge enthusiasm, you wouldn’t think the boys that make up The Wired had already achieved what they have.

Whether it be stealing the stage on huge festival line-ups (Leeds Festival, Sound City and Great Escape) or raking in the ratings on radio (BBC Radio 1 plays and Radio X’s Track of the Week), these Sheffield-based boys have already achieved what many merely dream of.

After supporting the likes of The Pigeon Detectives, The Feeling and Cast, the Sheffield-based band are now taking the spotlight on their headline tour this month, with dates already sold out across the North. They also plan to steal the stage later on this year, making their European debut in Paris with their second tour in May.

Certainly nothing to be modest about.

But still, this is nothing…the lads are all set for their biggest year yet, taking on the mainstage at Tramlines Festival in July, alongside the likes of Courteeners, Two Door Cinema Club and more.

We spoke to the boys about their thoughts, dreams and everything in between…

Congratulations on bagging yourself a place on the Tramlines main stage this year! You must be very excited?

Thank you! We cannot wait. Will be a bit of a dream really to play Tramlines main stage. It seems like it’s growing into a big festival now and getting some massive acts. So yeah, can’t wait. Hopefully will be the first main stage of many!

Going back to your origins – how did you guys initially meet and form The Wired?

Me and Richard have known each other for years now – since we were like 11. We started the band five years ago now and had several other members, but it certainly feels like we’ve got the best fit now. Cant see it changing again…touchwood.

Curt is a great drummer and Nat is a proper skilled guitarist, so yeah the future looks bright!

Who would you say are your top influencers?

I’m personally into a lot of songwritery stuff at the moment. Bill Ryder-Jones, Stephen Fretwell, Cherry Ghost etc..

Curt and Nat are into lots of different stuff really, think they like heavier more rocky stuff like Zeppelin to Pearl Jam but even stuff like the 1975.

Rich likes a bit of everything really. Proper indie kid though as well!

Can we expect any new releases from you this year?

Yeah we should be releasing a few singles. Hopefully one in the spring and one in the summer. We are just making sure it’s right and perfect first!

Is 2019 going to be a good year for you?

We hope so! Hoping a few more festivals to announce and get some more radio under our belts! Was mad to be played on Radio 1 and Radio X last year so hopefully more of the same to come!!

The Wired have got a big year ahead of them, with so many promising appearances. Already named as a band to watch out for – you won’t find them at the small venues for long. So go and give them a listen and go and see them at Leadmill, to get you ready for their summer releases in time for Tramlines.

Interview and post written by: April Curtin

Edited by: Amy Clarke

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