Garage punk rock band that headlined at Glastonbury paying Norfolk a visit

PUBLISHED: 13:24 16 August 2017

Gaffa Tape Sandy's Kim Jarvis, Robin Francis and Catherine Neilson will be performing at The Burston Crown pub near Diss on Sunday. Photo: Barny Cutter

Gaffa Tape Sandy's Kim Jarvis, Robin Francis and Catherine Neilson will be performing at The Burston Crown pub near Diss on Sunday. Photo: Barny Cutter


A garage punk rock band that headlined at Glastonbury will be performing in Norfolk this weekend.

Gaffa Tape Sandy - the BBC stage headline band at the festival- will be kicking off at The Burston Crown pub near Diss on Sunday.

Its three band members from Bury St Edmunds first met at West Suffolk College and got together to do something ‘loud and exciting’.

The trio’s first single, Smart Dressed Guy, was released last year to critical acclaim, getting airplay and support from BBC Introducing in Suffolk.

And they’ve also supported the likes of Buzzcocks and Idles.

They launched their debut six-track EP, Spring Killing, in April which was recorded and mixed by rising producer George Perks who has worked with SuperGlu, The Darkness and Johnny Borrell at Ipswich’s Punch Studios.

Geoff Dixon, organiser of WoW festival, who booked the band to play at The Burston Crown said: “This really is a coup.

“To have a band like Gaffa Tape Sandy, with their raw and exciting performance playing at the pub really is something to look forward to.

“I am delighted that they have agreed to play for us again, and so will be the audience who get to see an amazing emerging talent, free of charge.”

Gaffa Tape Band have carved their own niche in the garage punk rock genre, but cite their influences as The White Stripes, Pixies, Violent Femmes, Pulled Apart By Horses, Slaves and Thee Oh Sees.

Lead singer and guitarist Kim Jarvis said: “We weren’t all together when we got the email about playing at Glastonbury but I’m fairly certain all our reactions were equally confused and excited.

“It was so out the blue and we totally weren’t expecting it - I think we were just overwhelmed with excitement.”

BBC Introducing said: “Ever wondered what Pixies would sound like if they were younger and lived in Bury St Edmunds?

“Us neither, but it’s nice that Gaffa Tape Sandy are on hand should anyone ever ask.

“We think they’re a joy - they say they’re three friends with an undying love for music that makes you want to punch your best friends in the head. Go see.”

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