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10 questions for... britpop rockers Shed Seven ahead of Belfast gig

Britpop rockers Shed Seven are set to perform a headline gig in Belfast next month.

With the release of their new album Instant Pleasures, the band will be taking to the stage at The Limelight 1 on Saturday, February 3.

Ahead of the show, singer Rick Witter spoke to the Belfast Telegraph about the music he loves and why he's is happy to be performing once again in the city.

1. What's the best and worst thing that's ever happened to you on stage?

The worst thing was playing a festival in Canada way back in the 90’s. Not sure whether the whole thing was running behind schedule but I seem to remember playing our set while the stage was still being built.

The best thing that could possibly happen on a stage is when you feel that the whole venue is riding a wave with you. We are lucky that that happens a lot for us.

There is no better feeling than the whole place singing every word back and smiles are all you can see.

2. Who is your music idol and have you ever met them?

I don’t really have idols as such, but I grew up listening to The Smiths, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks. Funnily enough I’ve not met anyone out of those bands as yet.

3. Can your music be described in one word?


4. Can you music be described in five words?

Music that should be heard

5. What can the Belfast audience expect from your upcoming show?

It’s been a loooong time since we last played Belfast and we are all looking forward to coming back again.

I guess people should expect to see a good old fashioned rock gig. Plenty of hits, and a bit of hip swinging.

6. What song is your biggest guilty pleasure?

I’m not cool enough to have a guilty pleasure song. If I like something I’ll happily listen to it regardless of whether or not it should be my dirty little secret.

7. Do you know what an Ulster Fry is?

Its a full breakfast meal that typically includes bacon, sausages, eggs and a beverage such as coffee or tea.

8. Who would you love to perform a duet with? (living or dead)

I think myself and Elvis could possibly set the floorboards on fire.

9. If you had to listen to one song on repeat for 24 hours, what would it be?

I think any song would potentially tip you over the edge if you had to listen to it 24/7 but I guess something a bit more chilled out like Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd may make it a bit more bearable.

10. Will you be seeing the Belfast sights while you're in the city?

I’m not sure how long we’ll be in the city for but if I get the chance I’d like to go to the Titanic Museum or have a wander round City Hall.

If I don’t get the chance this time, I’ll have to pop back over for a weekend.

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