Last year we welcomed The Polytones to Festival in The Park, and we are pleased to announce they will be returning again this year! Their vast selection of covers spans a decade or two, and along with their high energy performance, we can guarantee they will certainly bring the party to the park!
Ben lead singer from the band took some time out to answer a few questions for us here at Ashford Festival in The Park….
Firstly, welcome back! You guys played Festival in The Park last year, what do you like about performing at the festival?
We like a nice stage and a good audience. We were happy to have both last time. It’s nice to have all the friends and family together for a nice day and to play for our buddies.
So tell us a bit more about The Polytones?
Well, we’re a covers band from Ashford. Our setlist boasts of energy and fun. We try to play music spread across the generations, rather than just 80s stuff, and try to play songs that you don’t hear too often. We love a good crowd to work with. We’ve just taken on a new singer and are really looking forward to future gigs. Hopefully this will move us onto out of town shows. I am Ben and I play guitar, Sadie plays Bass, Beckie on vocals, Dean on Guitar and James on Drums and together we are The Polytones.
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?
Being a child is a very magical time. New experiences are always incredibly exciting and live music should be one of those experiences. When I was a kid, I didn’t really see any live bands but had always looked at musicians with wonder. The music industry has changed so much, and if children don’t get to see what lives music is all about, they’ll end up liking Drake, Kanye West or ‘house’ music.
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?
Yes it is. The music community in Ashford is made up of a very tight group. Everyone seems to have crossed paths somewhere along the way and it’s good for us all to get together and have a wicked jam! Meanwhile it’s great for the community, a really fun day out and a chance to actually enjoy being in Ashford.
Finally, what can we expect from the The Polytones performance at this year’s festival?
It’s going to be fast and it’s going to be loud. Energetic performances and maybe a few light puns somewhere. There might be a cow, there might not.
If you would like to find out more about The Polytones check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/thepolytonesashford/?fref=ts