Interview with City of Thieves Lead Singer Jamie

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Now in its third year, Loverocks Festival, returns to Ferndown on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June. This yearís Loverocks lineup will include some of the best emerging rock and metal bands plus some top cover bands. Ahead of the festival, we spoke with City of Thieves lead singer, Jamie Lailey.

How do you feel about playing Loverocks?
“Really, really excited. It’s one of the first times weíve gigged together since our tour at the start of the year with Inglorious. We’re all so impressed with the line-up and it just proves the strength of the rock scene at the moment.”

Do you have a pre-show ritual?
“No, not at all! The only thing we’ll do is have a catch-up as a band because we all live away from each other – especially Will, our drummer, who lives in Barcelona. We’ve been together for 10 years now, so catching up with everyone is so important to us.”

What bands would your dream line-up include?
“Wow! Tough question. For me, I’d have to say Foo Fighters, Aerosmith, Guns ‘n Roses and Royal Blood. The other guys really like these bands, but I think they’d have their own favourites. I know Will would have to include Ghost in this line-up.”

What’s your favourite memory on stage?
“O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in January whilst we were on tour. It was the only night of the tour where we didnít accidentally break something on stage! It was our best performance to date; the crowd was going nuts and the venue was packed!”

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Describe your sound for people who might not have hear of you:
“Heavy rock with melody – a mixture between AC/DC, Aerosmith, Black Stone Cherry, Royal Blood.”

What got you into music?
“My dad was a musician. I remember when I was growing up, I’d look at his Rickenbacker 4001 and think how awesome it looked. Another thing that inspired me to become a musician was the music video to the GNR song, Paradise City – It’s epic! From this I set up a band at school, which didn’t work – so City of Thieves was formed and here we are now 10 years later!”

Do your parents like your music?
“Yeah, they love it. Our music is written to appeal to younger people, so itís surprising that they actually enjoy it! The band are lucky that all of our parents have supported us throughout the 10 years.”

Tickets for Loverocks 2019 as well as the full line up are available here.


Interview by Theo Meddelton.