Gallows at Leeds Festival: ‘Playing under a secret name made sure we got on the bill’

Plus punk rock band reveal fears over fans missing the boat

Gallows have admitted they kept their gig at this year’s Reading And Leeds Festivals secret because that was the only way they could get on the bill without having to fulfil a “contractual obligation”.

Guitarist Laurent ‘Lags’ Barnard told NME the band, who were billed as The Rats for matinee performances on the Lock Up Stage at both sites, also said he was worried about a lot of their fans not knowing about their secret shows in a video interview you can view on your right now.

“We did the Lock Up Stage a few years ago, twice in a row and then we did the NME/Radio 1 Stage, which was a lot of fun,” he said. “But for us, there are so many of our friends who play this stage and really that’s why we got to play it without any big contractual obligation to do one thing or another. We were just here to chill out and have fun.”


He added: “Before I got onstage I was a bit worried not many people would come down because I still had kids on Twitter going, ‘Why are you guys not playing Reading and Leeds, all your friends are playing’.

“But it was actually really good, a lot of kids came out and it was a good atmosphere, there was a circle pit which went outside the tent and back in the other end which was wicked.”

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Gallows played Leeds Festival on Friday (August 27) then two days later at Reading Festival.