Fantasy Festival: Bristol punk trio Grandmas House plan their perfect fest

Bristol punk trio Grandmas House released their self-titled debut EP this weekend, along with new single “Girl”, and with their previous tune “Golden” having prompted Joyzine’s own Paul F Cook to ask “What’s not to love about this track?“, we thought we’d check in with Yasmin Berndt (vocals, guitar), Poppy Dodgson (vocals, drums) and Zoë Zinsmeister (bass) to find out more. With the band having played their first ever festival this summer, we asked them about their perfect fest.

Tell us about the first festival you ever attended as a fan?
The first festival we all attended together as fans was Boomtown in 2017! It was the festival that cemented our friendship and we danced around for the entire weekend running through all the crazy little world that the festival creates.

And how about the first that you played?
The first festival we played was just the other month at Farmfest! It was amazing, very windy and our tent nearly blew away. It was our first proper gig back after lockdown too so it felt extra special. 

Do you have a favourite festival? What is special about it? 
We all LOVE End Of The Road! We went for the first time this summer, it’s a nice size, not too big so you can’t get lost! It has a lot of hidden beautiful areas to find and the focus they put on emerging artists is great – the line up was so good this year! 

What elements make a perfect festival experience for you?
For us, the perfect festival has to be immersive and have hidden worlds amongst it that you can get lost in for hours! We also love a range of genres and lots of emerging artists. And a headliner you can dance to!

Festival Name: Grandmas House Party

What’s the theme? 
The whole festival is set up like a grandmas house, with big outdoor living rooms and kitchens that turn in to dj sets or stages. Lots of old floral wallpaper and  furniture and tasseled lamps! 

Where will it take place?
Somewhere beautiful in Wales.

Who are your headliners? 
Courtney Barnett (nameless, faceless), King Princess (Ohio) and Arlo Parks (black dog) will be headlining!

Who’ll be playing the ‘legends slot’?
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts for sure!

Which up and coming new act is going to open the main stage? 
Our new fave band, Buggs

As is the promoter’s perogative, you have of course booked yourself to play – you can invite one special guest to join you onstage, who are you going for?
We are very torn between Joan Jett (as she’s already there) or flying Miley Cyrus in for a guest appearance! 

These days festivals aren’t just about the music – what other surprises do you have instore for the revellers?
A disco dance tent, a Ferris wheel and LOADS of vegan food stands!

Grandmas House’s self-titled debut EP is out now on Brace Yourself Records – order on vinyl and digital download via Bandcamp, or stream on all the usual services here.

Catch them live at the following shows:
Oct 29th | Liverpool, UK – Jacaranda
Oct 30th | Manchester, UK – YES (basement)
Nov 1 | Birmingham, UK – Hare and Hounds 2
Nov 2nd | Brighton, UK – The Prince Albert
Nov 3rd | London, UK – The Windmill Brixton
Nov 6th | Bristol, UK – Rough Trade 
 Jan 7th | Bognor Regis, UK – Rockaway Beach

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Interview by Paul Maps

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