Chase & Status bring drum'n'bass anthems to Reading Festival
Published: 21 Aug 2013 07:300 comments
"ONE of my favourite DJ sets of my career was at Reading," says Saul Milton aka 'Chase' from drum'n'bass duo Chase & Status.
The revelation came as he chatted to us about the pair performing on the Richfield Avenue festival's dance stage in 2009, appearing after Lady Sovereign in the line-up.
Since then Chase & Status have collaborated with the likes of Plan B, Liam Bailey, Sub Focus, Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah and dozens more. They have helped reinvigorat the music production scene but still remaining down-to-earth and are eager to get stuck into the festival again this year - albeit on the Main Stage alongside Eminem, Foals and White Lies this time.
Saul said: "We're proud and excited about the fact we've got such a high billing. It should see the first live performance of our new single [Count On Me ft. Moko] and it will be a fairly different set to what people have seen this year at T In The Park or Glastonbury.
"I'm most excited about seeing the White Lies perform. Without a doubt they'll be great."
He added that there will be a couple of surprises in their set - and some special guests - but remained tight-lipped about what these will entail. Fans can expect a mix of older stuff from the second album, No More Idols, as well as a couple of tracks from the new album, Brand New Machine.
But the 32-year-old also confessed to not being much of a camping lover - 'Status' aka Will Kennard is more into it, he said - but added that he's had some great times at Reading in the past: "The classics - Reading, Leeds and Glasto - for me these were important festivals growing up, big time.
"We never thought we were going to be a band, performing at these festivals. We never thought for one minute we'd be headlining main stages here or there. We were always just a couple of DJs in smoky clubs."
He added: "We look forward to seeing everyone down there. There's always been a great crowd at Reading - we're looking to do a big live show and hopefully we'll have a great evening."
Chase & Status will perform on the Main Stage on Saturday.
Saul's festival tips:
Always make sure you've got a long-sleeved item as you can never be sure about the weather.
Drink plenty of water.