The Snuts: 'Our live show is always growing in anthems and atmosphere, which translates perfectly to festival crowds'

The Snuts: 'Our live show is always growing in anthems and atmosphere, which translates perfectly to festival crowds'

Ahead of their appearance at Edinburgh's Hogmanay, bassist Callum Wilson looks back on the quartet's whirlwind year

For the past few years, West Lothian four-piece the Snuts have been rising fast through the ranks (and font sizes) of festival line-ups across the UK. With their brand of anthemic indie-rock recalling the likes of Arctic Monkeys during their early days, they have recently signed to Parlophone and are working with much sought-after producer Inflo, who counts Karen O, Michael Kiwanuka and Little Simz amongst collaborators.

The band are set to play Edinburgh's Hogmanay bash, alongside Scottish rockers Idlewild and ex-Soft Cell sythn-pop pioneer Marc Almond. Ahead of what is sure to be a huge homecoming show, we speak to the band's bassist Callum Wilson to find out more about their experiences to date, and what audiences can expect from their show.

You have been going for a few years now, and have been steadily rising up festival bills/playing larger venues in that time. You were recently named by Ticketmaster as one of their 'New for 2020' artists. How has your experience been over this time? Did you see yourself here when you first formed the band?
It's kinda always been the goal to take over the live scene. Attending festivals was our bread and butter growing up and it's been our dream to be able to play these bigger venues and festival slots. Our live show is always growing in anthems and atmosphere, which translates perfectly to festival crowds.

This summer was particularly notable, as you played a lot of high profile festivals. How was that? What was your favourite festival?
It's really hard to pick a favourite, we try and make sure every show is as big as the last. TRNSMT was really special because it was our first main stage slot in Scotland and it was pretty insane playing to 25,000 people.

You signed to Parlophone last year, what has it been like on a larger label? What can listeners look forward to hearing from you on the record?
It's been good. Parlophone are an iconic label so it's good to have them behind us. Nobody believes in our music more than ourselves and the team we have around us, so we always like to challenge ourselves with the music we make and never shy away from risks.

You have supported Lewis Capaldi quite a lot, including at Summer Sessions, and you're playing with Gerry Cinnamon at Hampden next year. You also played the mainstage at TRNSMT this year. What is it like playing these huge hometown shows with these kinds of acts?
It's amazing to see Gerry and Lewis blow up in completely different ways and really shows how diverse the music scene in Scotland is.

How do you feel about playing Edinburgh's Hogmanay?
It's class to be able to play people into the new year if I'm honest, quite a nice thought that the Snuts will be the last thing people hear this year, and the first they hear next.

What can audiences expect from a Snuts show?
Straight up, undiluted indie rock and roll.

The Snuts play the High Street Stage at the Street Party hosted by Johnnie Walker, Tue 31 Dec.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay

Edinburgh's world-famous Hogmanay celebration ushers the new year in with a bang. A Torchlight Procession winds through the historic Old Town and into Holyrood Park on 30 Dec, a massive street party with live music that culminates with Midnight Fireworks from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle and 'Auld Lang Syne' on 31…