Pale Waves share their thoughts on Reading & Leeds and their plans for a number one album

"You can't not aim for number one. I think it deserves it"

Pale Waves have revealed that they hope to have their hotly-anticipated debut album out by August – and they fully intend for it to reach number one. Watch our video interview with the band above.

Shortlisted by the BBC Sound Of poll and stars of The NME 100 as an essential new act to watch in 2018, the hype is high from the quartet’s full length debut.

Speaking to us on the red carpet of the VO5 NME Awards 2018 (where they picked up the NME Radar Award supported by HMV and delivered a rousing performance), the band seemed to be taking it all in their stride.


Asked if the album will have much in common with their string of acclaimed singles, Heather Baron-Gracie replied: “You know, they’re pretty similar but the album is more of like a ‘Pale Waves world’. So will have those sort of sad songs, but you will also have those banging singles.

“With an album, you get that opportunity to spread out.”

Drummer Ciara Doran added: “You can’t not aim for a number one. I think it deserves it as well. We’ve only written half of it, but that half deserves it!”

If all goes according to plan, the album will be out in time for their appearance at this summer’s Reading & Leeds Festival. Some festival-goers took online to complain about the line-up this week, bemoaning that the festival leant more towards pop and hip-hop than they would like.

“Why does it have to be guitar heavy?” replied Doran. “What’s that about? Music can come from any instrument.”


Baron-Gracie added: “It doesn’t just have to be from a guitar. And that’s coming from a guitar band.”

Watch the VO5 NME Awards in full below

Pale Waves tour dates and tickets

The band’s upcoming UK headline shows are below. Tickets are available here.

Mon February 19 2018 – TUNBRIDGE WELLS Forum
Tue February 20 2018 – GUILDFORD Boileroom
Thu February 22 2018 – CAMBRIDGE Storey’s Field Centre
Fri February 23 2018 – MIDDLESBROUGH Westgarth
Sat February 24 2018 – LIVERPOOL Studio 2
Mon February 26 2018 – OXFORD Cellar
Tue February 27 2018 – LEICESTER Cookie
Wed February 28 2018 – LEEDS Chapel
Thu March 01 2018 – STOKE Sugarmill
Fri March 02 2018 – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
Sun March 04 2018 – GLASGOW King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Mon March 05 2018 – SHEFFIELD Leadmill
Tue March 06 2018 – MANCHESTER Gorilla
Wed March 07 2018 – LONDON Garage
Thu March 08 2018 – BRISTOL Thekla