Five Favourite Fab Gigs: Waylayers


In celebration of their upcoming double A-side single release Take Hold/Footsie (out September 15th), East London trio Waylayers are bringing their melodic pop and electronica tracks to Birthdays in London on September 16th. Ahead of the show, A Music Blog, Yea? was lucky enough to speak with the group to discuss their all-time five favourite fab gigs. Enjoy!


1 – Icenhauers Official SXSW 2014 Showcase, Austin, Texas, US

Waylayers 5 - Icenhauers Official SXSW 2014 Showcase

We really did play a blinder in our humble opinions! This was the show that changed everything for us. The show was cited by Fuse TV as the 5th greatest moment of the festival just behind Future Islands and Lady Gaga’s now infamous ‘vomit’ performance. It was our final day in Austin, and we were met with a sold out audience; looking out from the stage at a who’s who of the US music industry. Walking through the Austin streets together afterwards, looking at the huge skyscrapers and realising that something really special had just happened will be one of the moments I remember for the rest of my life.

2 – Koko, Camden, London, UK

Waylayers 4 - Koko, Camden

This was a bit of a comeback show for us after a break to focus on writing. We had packed out every floor of the venue and there was a definite sweaty sense of excitement in the old theatre. This made for a super-charged audience who responded to our music like a frenzied mob. We had never seen a crowd like it! The highlight was having to pull one girl off the stage who became a little bit too enamoured with Joe’s guitar work. We were booked to play two shows at Isle Of Wight Festival the day after, so a night of celebration, led to a rather hung-over ferry trip the following day.

3 – Isle of White Festival, Isle Of Wight, UK

Waylayers 3 - Isle of White Festival

This show went down really well. We performed on a beach in the middle of the festival at about 9pm. It’s also where we debuted ‘Footsie’ which got the festival dancing; moving up and down, wave like. The festival organiser was watching us and said we were his festival highlight. We’re looking for main-stage appearances in 2015! Our set was just before the first England World Cup game, so we like to think that we were the last good thing the revellers saw that night!

4 – The Roundhouse London, UK

A special headline date for us. We decided to have a film crew (Cabnine Films) come to record the show. The videos really captured something special of the theatrics we try to bring to the stage – so much so that we included three of the videos on our new CD ‘Take Hold/Footsie’ out on Alcopop Records on 15 September. The release is a particularly exciting one for us and working with our new press and radio team, and Alcopop themselves, has been momentous – and this show, and these videos will always remind us of that.

5 – Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, Germany

Waylayers 1 - Uebel & Gefährlich

The highlight of a brief European tour earlier this year. We found ourselves performing inside a vast concrete block – one of the last remaining Nazi Bunkers in existence. It was imposing and intimidating, not helped by having to load in up 10 flights of stone stairs as the lifts were out of use! But once the venue filled with fans and the music started, the dark history of the venue itself was left behind for those thirty minutes. An amazing experience, not even spoiled by a stage accident that destroyed our iMac at the end of the incendiary set.


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