On the May 4th Bank Holiday Sunday, Jealous Lovers Club & Gwdihw’s Thursday night regulars Juxtaposed are teaming up to bring a day of outstanding music to Cardiff. With 12 bands from all over the UK set over two stages, one inside the quaint Gwdihw Cafe Bar, the second in the adjacent car park that transforms into a full festival stage.
By now you should all be familiar with one of the UK’s best music promoters Jealous Lovers Club. The hardworking JLC team are no strangers to our site. Last year we teamed up with the company to promote their fantastic array of live gigs. Jealous Lovers Club are a renowned promoters company who host regular nights in Cardiff, Newport & London, bringing you a mythical spectrum of music with math rock at one end and indie at the other. Every show they’ve put on to date is a must see and always has a talented line-up of artists across the UK and further afield. Their extensive lists of live artists that have played their shows is like something out of a music lovers dream. To date they’ve put on shows for the likes of Enemies, Tall Ships, Rolo Tomassi, Dads, El Ten Eleven, Physics House Band, Gnarwolves, Playlounge, Tera Melos, The Chapman Family, Native, Dinosaur Pile Up, Oh No Yoko ,Catfish & The Bottlemen, Man Like Me, Towns, Playlounge, Fight Like Apes, Stagecoach, Let’s Talk Daggers, Talons and Gunning For Tamar to name a few!
When Connor, founder of Jealous Lovers Club, told Circuit Sweet about another event he had in the works, we knew it was going to be unmissable. Every show with a JLC touch is something out of this world, be it from the talent that’s introduced or the atmosphere at each event. The forthcoming Microfestival on May 4th is a date all music lovers should mark on their gig calenders.
Having already announced an outstanding line-up which hasn’t yet been fully revealed, this is already THE festival of the year.
Please note sadly Kutosis are now unavailable to play the festival but check them out regardless.
To coincide with the May 4th date, from now up until the Bank Holiday, Circuit Sweet will be hosting a special Jealous Lovers Club & Juxtaposed MicroFestival Artist Feature. Taking a closer look at all the talent playing and introducing our readers to each act in a more personal manor; as we talk to the musicians to find out more about their musical endeavors, their live sets and what we can look forward to from them on the day.
In the first of our Micro festival artist installments we introduce you to Math pop band Olympians
Consisting of Daniel Harvey (vocals/guitar/synth); Benjamin Thompson (vocals/guitar/synth/trumpet); Christopher Neil (vocals/bass) and Michael Parkin (vocals/drums/glock), and having formed due to their love for technically proficient bands such as Youthmovies and Don Caballero, the four-piece from Norwich have honed their sound, building a psychedelic twist into their penchant for technical exuberance.
You can listen to their 6 track EP ‘Adventure Gun’ streaming in it’s entirety via their bandcamp below-
We were extremely lucky to spend some time with Guitarist Daniel and the members of Olympians to delve deeper into all things band and to get you more excited to see them in a few weeks time…
Firstly thank you for spending time with Circuit Sweet.
Before we get to the details of your forthcoming live appearance at the Jealous Lovers Club & Juxtaposed MicroFestival on May 4th. We want to get to know more on you. Please introduce yourselves and your role within the band- How long have you been playing and performing live?
Hi! We’ve been playing together for about 3 years now. Christopher Neil plays the bass, Michael Parkin plays the drums, and Daniel Harvey and Benjamin Thompson play guitars and synths and other things. We all sing, as much as possible.
What was it that first got you to pick up your instruments- and then to write your own compositions and direct your creativity?
I can’t speak for the others, but I picked up the guitar because I was bored and I wrote songs because I was too rubbish and lazy to play other peoples. Broadly, we probably all did it to make friends because we were desperately lonely as children.
How did you form and where did the name come from?
We formed in Norwich, and then have slowly made our way towards London. Only Benjamin remains a Norwich denizen now. Like the names of most babies, our band name was the only one we could agree on. We wanted something grandiose with a homoerotic undercurrent, and what better for that than Greek mythology?
So we want to know more about what you guys project live, we are so excited to see you live at the Microfestival in May, and we want other music lovers to be enticed to come share the day with us all.
How would you personally describe your own sound in one word?
Disappointing. -Get over!!!
Describe what you think you each bring to your live performances, sell your showmanship, sell us your sets.
The one thing none of us bring to the table is salesmanship. The Olympians live experience is that of some OK songs played with gusto, followed by some long rambling apologies and sometimes some crying.
What is it that you personally get from your performance?
Attention. Validation. Petrol money.
How would you describe the reception to your presence?
Drinking. Chatting. Regardless.
Is there a particular track that you all just love to play?
Yeah, the two favourites are the ones we put first and last, one to get us in a good mood, and the last one as a treat for getting to the end of the set without the aforementioned crying. The first one is Mountains, and generally we know by the time the intro comes in if we’re going to be good or shit that night. The last one is a song called Home Is Where Your Heart Breaks, and it’s nice because we all get to sing together and there’s lots of swearing.
What can we look forward to from your live performance on the day?
Some songs from the record we’re working on which we currently think is the best thing ever but we may change our minds about that once we get tired of its shit.
Is there an artist you can’t wait to see at the festival, if so why?
Excited about seeing the four-piece version of Samoans for the first time, was excited about Kutosis but apparently they’re not playing now. Played with Her Parents before Christmas and they were ridiculous, so that, and I’m pretty interested to see Cleft live as well.
Have you played a renowned ‘Jealous Lovers Club’ show previous to this special event?
Afraid not. Played Cardiff a bunch of times before though, and it’s one of our favourite places to play.
Enlighten us to what can we look forward to from you in the future- many other plans set for the rest of this year, be it touring, recording, releasing etc?
Currently, we’re in the middle of writing/recording an album (we’ve started recording before writing all the songs, which is now starting to look like it was a stupid thing to do). Hopefully if we actually write enough songs to finish it it will be done by summer and we’ll be trying to release it in autumn sometime. We’re quite busy with that, but trying not to disappear completely, got a few shows and festivals coming up so we’ll be pretty busy I reckon.
Before we finish all featured artists are asked this- What album or track has been stuck on your turntable, ipod, cd player for a while now?
In order of those three playing devices, the East India Youth record, Eskimo Snow by Why and Lanterns by Son Lux. I tend to find a few records and obsess over them rather than listening to everything out there these days.
And Finally any last words from you?
It’ll all probably be OK.
A huge thank you once again guys and we will see you on the 4th!
Now you’ve discovered one of the artists from the fantastic line-up get excited to hear more. If you haven’t already got your early bird tickets, get them whilst you can!!
Limited early bird tickets £6