Andy Tozer, lead singer with Fat Badger
I managed to chat with Chris Bailey from Fat Badger about this year’s festival…
Have Fat Badger played Festival in The Park previously? If so what is special about it? If not, what are you looking forward to?
Yes we have played a couple of times before (2013 & 2014),The reason we like playing FTP is the relaxed friendly atmosphere with a real mix of age groups enjoying the live music.
For people that have not had the pleasure of seeing Fat Badger perform, what can people expect from your set?
Our set contains a mix of classic and modern rock covers, with some well known tunes and also songs people may never have heard before, we like to offer the audience the chance to discover new music.
Tell us a bit more about Fat Badger as a band? What are your musical influences?
Fat Badger was formed in 1995, where we played at the 2nd Create Festival, when then we all went onto other projects, we then reformed around 7 years ago and have been gigging at least twice a month since. Our influences are very wide ranging from the classic rocks bands of old (Zeppelin,Cream,Hendrix) through to (Black Stone Cherry, Foo Fighters and more recently Royal Blood), we also have funk, blues influences in all our playing.
The festival’s ethos is to nurture and promote local performing arts in many forms. How important is it that children are exposed to live, local music and the arts?
As you all know I own Right Track Music, where we teach 500 pupils a week across all instruments with the vast majority of those pupils being under 25 years, it is even more essential now that children see / hear live music with the amount of screen time they have, live music has to be experienced live.
Finally….This is the Festival’s 11th year! As a local band do you feel it is important to have this kind of event available to our local community?
These events are essential for Ashford’s local community, as it gives people the chance to meet up with friends / neighbours, when perhaps on a day to day basis work etc doesn’t allow.
You can find out more about Fat Badger on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FatBadgerBand