Kiwi rock act to warm up winter festival

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Kiwi rockers Rival State admit they are excited to be coming to Sheffield – a city ‘mad about its music’.

The five-piece are currently touring the UK – their first dates in the country – and arrive in the Steel City as one of the main acts at the forthcoming WinterRocks festival.

Frontman Luke van Hoof said: “I’m really looking forward to Sheffield. I love the Sheffield accent and I’m a massive fan of Bring Me The Horizon and Arctic Monkeys, even though they are polar opposites musically.

“I’m excited to play in a city that’s so mad about its music.

“This has actually been our first time around the UK.

Every night’s been fun. We’ve loved going to the places you hear all the bands coming from.

“British crowds take a punt, they will turn out in numbers on a Wednesday night and just all have an amazing time, even when they’ve all got work tomorrow.”

Rival State say their sound falls under the umbrella genre ‘alternative rock’, with the band being ‘pretty divided’ in terms of taste.

Luke says he prefers more ‘classic psychedelic, punk and grunge rock’, while his bandmates are more into modern artists.

Rival State play the second stage at the WinterRocks Festival at Corporation on Saturday, December 6.

The band are touring in support of new EP Youth Tax and second single Sleep Talker, which are out now.