Band member to say farewell at Freedom
As well as adding post-punk flavour to this year's Freedom Festival, it will be a farewell event for one Hull band who are saying goodbye to one of their own.
Five-piece La Bête Blooms will play the established event tomorrow at the Fruit Space in Humber Street.
The group, fronted by Daniel Mawer, has spent two years building up a solid fan- base, uploading songs to the internet and gigging throughout Yorkshire.
La Bête is said to mean "the beast", while "blooms" makes a powerful statement about how passionate the members are about music.
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Daniel is joined by Phill Wilson on bass, Beckie Hopkins on guitar and vocals, Louisa Robinson on keyboard and James Coggin on drums.
Daniel, 21, said: "We all come from different backgrounds but I think we all agree on anything that has a grit, drive and honesty to it.
"When we formed, we grew with a lot of other bands who are now making waves not only in Hull but outside the city.
"There's no fixed genre or cliques of bands in 2012, just a collective spirit, which has grown thanks to events such as Freedom Festival and Humber Street Sesh."
Freedom will be Phill's last gig with the band as he prepares to move abroad to seek pastures new.
Daniel said: "Phill has been with us since the beginning and it's a huge thing for him to move away and we all wish him the very best of luck.
"We've spent two years learning how to be a band and learning what we want to achieve. Hopefully now we can start working hard at pushing ourselves outside of the city and making Phill proud while he's away."
Daniel said the group is looking forward to Freedom, having missed the opportunity to play last year due to other commitments.
"I like festival sets because they often need to be short and sharp," Daniel said. "We'll be giving a taster of what's to come.
"We've got a few new songs in the set which is always exciting, ditching old material and moving on to something a bit louder.
"We recently recorded our next single, which will be out early next year, and along with the usual meetings, promotion and video making that goes with that, we will slowly be building up to gigs in Leeds, Sheffield, York and Manchester."
The band say tongues have been wagging about the likes of Spritualized and The Milk taking to the stage.
Daniel said: "And how Martha Reeves is still doing it I don't know – fair play to her."