Sam Airey Sam Airey… Up there-y

Live at Leeds Q&A: Sam Airey

Published on April 25th, 2012 | Jonny Abrams

It’s almost time for Live at Leeds 2012, so Rocksucker fired off some carefully considered questions to bands who shall be performing there. Next up, it’s Isle of Anglesey-born, Leeds-based singer-songwriter Sam Airey. Dig the bucolic, softly burning intensity of his compelling sound…

Hello! How are you?

Pretty darn good, thanks for asking.

Which other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Live at Leeds?

I’m not sure how much time I’ll have but if I can catch any of Alt-J, Los Campesinos!, iLiKETRAiNS, Joseph & David/Dancing Year, Ghostpoet or Jakwob, that’d be grand.

Do you plan to be there for all four days? If so, have you got a decent place to sleep lined up, or are you going to be “roughing it”?

I’ll be around; it’s a good job I live locally otherwise I’d be pitching my pop-up tent in the city centre.

What’s the single best thing about Leeds?

The single best thing about Leeds is the Brudenell. Hands down.

Are you a fan of festival food? Any particular favourites?

Pies. You can’t beat a good pie can you?

Will you be taking any of the following with you: hand sanitizer, baby wipes, earplugs, a bum bag, a flashlight, a miniature fan, a pop-up tent, an inflatable mattress and/or pillow, a fold-up chair, a miniature stove, or other (please specify)?

I had a miniature stove once but it exploded when I tried to cook some beans. I think I’ll steer clear this time.

Do you have any helpful, practical advice for our readers (Live at Leeds-related or otherwise?)

Eat a good breakfast to keep you going. It’s a long day with lots of running around, and most likely drinking. We have a tradition of making a big fry-up beforehand every year, never fails!

What else have you got lined up for 2012?

I’ll be releasing a single in July (along with some exciting new merch), we’ve just confirmed some ace festivals for the summer which I’ll be announcing soon, and I’m going to carry on writing an album.

Sam Airey, thank you.

Live at Leeds 2012 will take place on Friday 4th to Monday 7th of May. For more information about Sam Airey, please visit


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Editor of Rocksucker and the website's founder, Jonny is passionate about the music he listens to, both good and bad, as well as interviewing his favourite musicians.

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