We recently had the opportunity to catch The Lancashire Hotpots in Nottingham, where they put on a stupendous show. They also very kindly decided to have a chat with us, which you can find below!
By Jane Howkins
You’re currently in the middle of a UK tour – how is it going so far?
Any good tour stories?
Bernard: Tour stories from this year eh? Highlights from this year so far have been the crowds turning up in their impact and the grub – the sausages have been done to perfection.
Bob: I can only remember Blackburn as I have been absolutely mightily drunk for the rest of them, so as far as I’m concerned only Blackburn has happened.
Where have you enjoyed playing the most this time around? Is there
anywhere you always look forward to going to?
King George’s Hall in Blackburn as the sound guys are absolutely fantastic, so we can relax backstage and not do anything. The sound is always phenomenal there.
Bob: Leeds is always fantastic. Even when I was performing in other bands it was always good in Leeds. Such a happening place. They’re not bad in Yorkshire.
You’re being supported by Stu Penders and Spladoosh. What are they like to tour
with? Were you fans of theirs or friends before the tour?
Bernard: We’ve happened to just stumble across Stu and it’s an unfortunate pairing – it’s difficult to tour with Stu. We’ve don’t think we’ve ever been in the same room as them, they’re a bit busy. We don’t know where they are the moment but we’re pretty sure we might get a text from them later on asking for a lift from Nottingham to their dad’s.
You specialise in musical comedy, and your gigs are always entertaining.
Why did you decide to go down this route in the music world, instead of
a more serious path?
Dickie: We’ve all been given talents and gigs and we’re all musicians and songwriters. We’ve all been in gigs of musical styles but it just turns out this is what we’re best at, and what is most popular.
Bernard: If you play serious songs then people might have a good time, but if you play funny songs they will have a good time, and they’re songs that people can connect with.
You play a lot of festivals – do you have any planned for next year? How
does a festival gig compare to a normal one, and which do you enjoy the
most – either playing or as punters?
We haven’t been to a festival as a punter for a long time, we don’t like going to them and swilling around in the mud for a couple of days that much anymore.
Billy: I would prefer to play them as I love the whole backstage thing. I’m what’s known in the business as a player. I love meeting my idols – I’ve met Moira Stewart and Paul Hollywood. I’ve still got mud on my keyboard case from Glastonbury a few years ago.
Bob: What I don’t like about going as a punter is that this means the Hotpots aren’t playing, and the Hotpots are a perfect festival band who help to pull the group up when everyone is feeling down.
You released a new album this year. What can you tell our readers about
Dickie: It’s intended as a good old fashioned party album. You invite all your friends round, you serve all the best nibbles and drinks, you put the album on, and for the next 40 minutes you’ve got the best party going. It’s all about having fun.
Why do you think people should come and see you perform, and what can
people expect from a show?
Bernard: A Lancashire Hotpots show can be summed up in 3 simple word: very, very good.
Dickie: It’s a non-stop good old fashioned party with a new twist. Occasionally with some funny words.
It’s pure escapism. We have a party everytime we play. We get hugs off people, hugs and crisps.