T in the Park Interview: Fatherson

With T in the Park in full swing, AAA: Edinburgh will be chatting to some of the biggest and most exciting bands from this year’s line-up.

We caught up with Ross Leighton, lead singer and guitarist of Kilmarnock trio Fatherson, ahead of their King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent slot.

You’re set to perform in the King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent on Saturday. What are you most looking forward to about performing at the festival?

I’m most looking forward to the atmosphere. Every festival has its own character and T in the Park is like that guy at a party that makes everyone get up and dance instead of just ghouling about trying to look cool. It’s really great to play off a crowd like that, because at the end of the day everyone’s there for a good time.

You’re no stranger to the touring circuit. How do you adapt your live shows for festivals like T in the Park?

I think just making the setlist festival friendly is a good thing to learn. If you’re playing your own gig you have more scope to push and pull the energy of the room. Whereas festivals should be all about the big hitters that make people smile and sing along.

Can fans expect to hear material from your new album, Open Book?

Yeah we’ve got a couple of songs from Open Book in the set for tomorrow. It’s pretty balanced with songs from the first album as well though.

You’ve performed at T in the Park many times before. What is your fondest memory of the festival?

My fondest memory of the festival is getting an ice-cream whilst walking over to the T Break tent the first year we played and basically just finishing the flake and taking to the stage. No stress, no hassle. That’s what I love about T in the Park – it’s always fun.

Are there any other bands or artists you’re hoping to see?

I’m really excited that we’re getting to share a stage with Foy Vance and Travis tomorrow – both of them we love a lot. Also looking forward to seeing the 1975 again.

After the festival season is over, what’s next for Fatherson?

We’re planning to just be out of the house and on the road for the rest of the year. Some European shows, more UK shows, and hopefully some American shows also.

Fatherson will perform in the King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent on Sunday. For tickets or more information on T in the park, visit www.tinthepark.com

Words: Amy Anderson