The start of 2019 just keeps getting better and better for Sydney outfit Red Hook. The band has seen in 2019 waking almost everyday to new rave reviews of their single ‘Turn Up The Stereotype’ while preparing to hit the road with Hands Like Houses. Now things are about to get a whole lot bigger for them… they have just been announced to play alongside Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool at Download in the UK. HEAVY Mag decided to catch up with Emmy from Red Hook to find out how this all happened.
“I know it such a cliché to say but it still feels so bloody surreal,” she says the excitement in her voice. “It hasn’t sunk in yet, it is like this very vague concept that we are all like ‘oh that’s very nice.’ But the reality is we are going to be jumping onto a plane and playing at one of the biggest rock and metal festivals in the world… and that is crazy.”
“It’s funny actually,” she says recounting the moment that the band found out they were being asked to play at the epic festival. “A lovely man who books the festival and works for Live Nation over in the UK after we released our latest single ‘Turn Up The Stereotype’ he just kind of slipped into our PMs and started saying ‘I really like your sound. I want to help you guys get started out in the UK’. Then he wanted to jump onto a call so we jumped onto a call with him and yeah he just said ‘hey I book Download Festival and I want you guys to play it.’ I think he discovered us through Triple J Unearthed… which was really nice.”
You can listen to our full Red Hook interview on Spotify. All the dates for their tour with Hands Like Houses and Download UK can be found below.