I spoke with lead singer Luke Griffins whilst still in Croatia, he told me how happy he was to be over there. ‘Firstly, I want to thank you so much for helping us get here. It’s been fucking beautiful. Croatia is beautiful too and so is the festival’ It was great to hear that they were loving the whole experience and to see the months of hard work come to fruition. We had over a thousand entries and all the bands that got through and played the final were all worthy of travelling over to Croatia, but it was False Heads energy and performance than won over our judges and that was even when Luke had puemonia! For me, it was a bit of a strange one when we started the competition, I saw this amazing opportunity for so many bands but ones I approached just wasn’t interested. Luke, as always, was quite straight and honest on his thoughts on bands entering competitions. ‘Yeah it can be weird for bands sometimes and it can seem off putting but at the end of the day if the right people are behind it and you have an amazing support network, entering that competition ended with us supporting David Byrne and QOTSA at one of the biggest music festivals around. Not all of the competitions are the same, I think you can get a pretty good gauge of what it’s going to be like through the people involved, how it’s set up and what the prize is.
If it’s talent night run by nutty Kev in your local with the prize of playing his back-garden then I’d say don’t do it, but they can give you amazing exposure and put you somewhere you just wouldn’t be in otherwise. Who gives a shit if we got to InMusic via a competition? It was incredible. And we’ve nothing been supporting leading up to it and the minute we got there. So anyone debating whether to enter next year, take it from us its 100% real’
I’ve seen False Heads quite a few times over the past few years and to be honest I didn’t expect there to be any nerves before the festival but with a longer set list asked of them pretty much last minute, it appears a few did set in. ‘Nerves weren’t actually too bad. Once we found out Frank Carter had pulled out due to a bus accident and we had to play an hour which we hadn’t rehearsed for the nerves set in slightly. But we sat down and our tour manager Alan Wells chilled us out. We went through the longer set and just once we were out there it felt amazing and like we were meant to be on a stage that size. We loved every minute of it. The crowd reception was amazing to be honest. Greeted us with open arms and cheered everything. Amazing’
PHOTOGRAPHY: ALAN WELLS PHOTOGRAPHY