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Go 96.3 is beyond excited to host four awesome bands at Palace Theatre later this month for our annual winter music festival, Snow Show ’18! In addition to LANY, and Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes) and locals Last Import, Go 96.3 will be bringing the indie-pop stars Bastille to headline our show. Get to know the stars of Snow Show ’18 below.
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- Bastille originally began as a solo project for singer/songwriter/frontman Dan Smith, who crafted his first songs for the project in his bedroom while living in London. Dan named the project Bastille because his birthday (July 14th) is Bastille Day, aka the French day of independence.
- Dan had actually been writing songs on the piano and producing music on his laptop since the age of fifteen, but kept his songs secret from friends and family until one of his fellow students at the University of Leeds finally convinced him to enter a major songwriting competition, which he nearly won.
- Smith quickly realized that he didn’t feel confident performing solo onstage, and decided to draft a few backing musicians and form a band to help flesh out his songs. Bastille officially became a band in 2010 with the addition of drummer Chris “Woody” Wood, and multi-instrumentalists Kyle Simmons and Will Farquarson.
- Woody and Dan met after Woody left a flyer advertising his services as a drum teacher on Dan’s front door. Dan called and asked him to refer one of his students (assuming that Woody was old because he was a teacher). Instead, Woody refused to give Dan any of his students names and more or less harassed him until Dan gave him the job.
- For the first couple of years, Bastille was a real grassroots band, touring around the UK in a mini-van and self releasing a pair of EPs, Flaws and Laura Palmer, the later of which is named after a character in Dan’s favorite TV show, Twin Peaks.
- After their early recordings and tours created a swell of internet buzz surrounding the band, Smith signed a contract with Virgin records in 2011.
- With a little help from their new label, Bastille started to gain steam, garnering a few choice slots on major European festivals. To tide fans over before their full-length debut, the band released a series of free mixtapes featuring covers of songs by artists like Fleetwood Mac and Frank Ocean along with mashups and movie samples.
- Bastille began working on Bad Blood in the summer of 2012, and the album debuted in 2013 to massive critical and commercial success. Featuring smash singles like “Pompeii,” “Flaws,” “Oblivion,” “Things We Lost In The Fire” and the title track, the album was certified tripe platinum in the UK and Gold in the US.
- The next year was a whirlwind of headlining festival slots and nightly show appearances, Bastille also scored a BRIT Award for “Best Breakout Artist” and a GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
- Bastille released their follow-up to Bad Blood in 2016, calling their sophomore album Wild World and delving into headier themes like politics and social issues.
- Wild World also featured hit singles like “Good Grief,” “Blame,” and “Send Them Off!”
- In December of 2016, Bastille headlined Go 96.3’s Snow Show ’16, performing an incredible set. Check out our recap video here, and watch Ben from Go 96.3’s Morning Show interview the band onstage here.
- Throughout all of 2018, Bastille has been hinting about the release of a new album coming soon, and the band made it official in the spring with an announcement that their new record would be dropping in early 2019 and would be titled Doom Days.
- So far, they’ve only released two songs from the album, “Quarter Past Midnight” and their chart-topping collaboration with Marshmello called “Happier.” Word is, however, that they’ve been performing more new material on this tour, and might drop some more Doom Days tracks at Snow Show ’18. Fingers crossed!