Words by Gary Lambert

Kent-born singer Havelock is an act I’ve not yet seen, but I am really excited to catch them performing at next week’s CloseUp Festival, at Colours, Hoxton. Their tracks have a wonderful electro feel to them, mixing the energy of bedroom pop with a smooth, high fidelity sound, and with lyrics that show shared life experiences, I’m sure we can all get behind them.

Popped Music: How are you doing?
Havelock: Hi there! I’m very well thank you. I’m really looking forward to playing this show. CloseUp Festival is going to be exciting.

Will you have any new tracks to play at CloseUp Festival?
Actually we will be performing a couple of new tunes. They’re real groovers so I’m buzzing to see the reception they receive from the crowd.

If someone hasn’t seen you before, which song do you think best encapsulates your style?
I think my song Sativa is the track which encapsulates what I am like as an artist. It’s charismatic and gets the hips moving. It’s probably my favourite one to play in my live set.

What makes festival season so important for you?
Festivals are the most special thing on the planet for me. It provides escapism from the mundane realities of day-to-day life. Everyone getting together in a field somewhere to enjoy music with each other is a sacred feeling.

What are your favourite memories of festivals?
It’s the best feeling when you stumble on an amazing act that you don’t know about by chance and witness something extraordinary. I had that when I was 15 years old at Reading Festival when I bumped into Tame Impala’s set (before they had the hype that they do now). They blew my mind.

When you’re in the van on tour who is in charge of the music?
I’m ashamed to say that I’m a bit of an aux hog. However, I always try let everyone have a go because you never know what new music you might be introduced to by doing so.

What is your go to pre-gig hype song?
I don’t really listen to music just before I go on stage. I try and reach my zen-mode by having peace and quiet with a ginger and lemon tea to hand.

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