Festival Gear: Saint Raymond
By Matt Glazebrook, 15 August 2014
Nottingham might not have the pop heritage of Manchester or Sheffield – until a few years ago, its major exports were gin-soaked indie heartbreakers Tindersticks and baggy-jean-clad dance heads Stereo MCs – but a new breed of tunesmiths are working to put the East Midlands metropolis on the music map. Following hot on the heels of Jake Bugg is an even younger singer-songwriter, who's making some noise beyond the M1 corridor: Saint Raymond.
Despite being barely old to enough require a full-price ticket this time last year, the tuneful troubadour has played a slew of festival dates this summer, promoting new single I Want You. We spoke to Saint Raymond (or Callum Burrows, to his mum) and got the skinny on his packing list for field-based music events.
What can't you live without at a festival?
A phone and charger. Getting lost at a festival is not the one! Especially as it's so hard to find people if you do get split up.
Which festival(s) have you been to this summer?
I've played at quite a few, which has been good fun. Bushstock, Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Dot To Dot, Splendour, Barn On The Farm, Boardmasters and a few more. It’s cool, because there are so many bands and artists that I love on the same line-ups as me, so it's great to get to check out some music while I’m there.
What's been your favourite ever festival moment?
Hmm, that’s a tough one. There’s so many! I might have to go with playing at Reading and Leeds last year. Those two gigs were a bit of a turning point for me. I played on the BBC Introducing stage and, to be honest, I wasn’t even expecting a big crowd, but so many people turned up. And then, on top of that, to have everyone chanting back my lyrics was just great, especially being such a new artist.
Describe your fail-safe festival outfit…
Jeans, a good jacket and boots or wellies. You can’t really go wrong with that!
Do you have any festival horror stories?
Not for me personally, but I went on a stag do to Glastonbury last year and during that, the stag’s tent was fully removed and thrown down a hill, and then he was robbed of his clothes and pushed in a nettle bush. It was fun.
Got any survival tips for festival first-timers?
Just don't forget wet wipes and lots of bottles of water. Those are your essentials for feeling fresh.
Saint Raymond will play Reading and Leeds next weekend, before heading off on an arena tour to support Ed Sheeran.