Local Band RINSE Heading For Main Stage

Megan Dixon-Hood Will Also Be Performing On Glass Butter Beach Main Stage

Lee Barber || August 13th

Stoke-on-Trent band RINSE will become the pride of the city this weekend when they take to the main stage of Glass Butter Beach Festival.

Performing on the same stage as the likes of Wolf Alice, Mystery Jets and Coasts, Saturday 20th August, RINSE will be playing their biggest show to date, and we asked singer Josh Hollingworth what it feels like knowing he will be sharing a stage with these huge bands.

'It's ace seeing our name next to the likes of Wolf Alice and Mystery Jets as they are bands we follow. It's massive jump from the stage we played last year, it's definitely the biggest stage we will have played. We have a great slot as well at 4:30 so we should get a really good crowd in the sun.'

RINSE collecting their award for Best Record

RINSE collecting their award for Best Record

RINSE performed at Glass Butter Beach, Abersoch, North Wales, last year, and are evidently thrilled to be going back.

'It's just an all round good vibe from the minute you arrive, and it's right on the beach; what more could you want form a music festival? It's growing in size rapidly now and it's only going to get better. We are so happy we were invited back this year and hopefully we will be there next year too.'

The four-piece alternative band have had a hugely successful year so far, performing at The Sugarmill's Independent Venue Week which was streamed live on BBC 6 Music, and also winning the Best Record Award at the inaugural Staffordshire & Cheshire Music Awards. They have then gone on to perform at several festival and more radio exposure.

'Great year for us so far. We've got about more this year by playing some new places and meeting some new faces. We have had some ace radio play on BBC Introducing, BBC 6music, kerrang! and we've done some massive festivals like Dot To Dot Manchester & Bristol, Tramlines and of course GBB next weekend. I think playing this big stage will be a personal highlight for me.'

With such a hectic year so far, have you had chance to work on plans for the rest of 2016? Can RINSE fans expect new recordings soon?

'We've got a few more shows some we can't announce just yet but still as busy as ever. We are back in the studio to record a few tunes next month, and they will be released before the end of the year. But that's all I'm saying for now.'

RINSE are a prominent figure in Stoke-on-Trent's vibrant music community this year, being seen as one of the bands people mention when asked about who they think could 'make it'. What are your views on Stoke's music at the moment?

'Stoke has always had a good music scene, I've been watching local band last now for the past 8 years and it's great to be a part of it. It's a very close-knit city; I'd say over half of the bands in Stoke look out for each other. I think everyone knows how hard it can be and we are all in it together.'

Also performing at Glass Butter Beach will be Cheshire based Megan Dixon-Hood, who has wowed every crowd who witness her soft gentle voice and talented piano based song writing. After seeing her single Early Morning Riser feature on the late Sir Terry Wogan's BBC Radio 2 show, which the song writer also won Best Single Award at the Staffordshire & Cheshire Music Awards. Megan has gone on to perform at many festival's this year, including the likes of Cornbury, Congleton Carnival, Lymelight Festival, Audlem Music festival and Sandbach festival, and will be performing on the main stage of Glass Butter Beach, following directly after RINSE.