Byron Bay Bluesfest



 Bluesfest is proud to welcome Gomez back to Bluesfest for the first time since 2007! It’s also the band’s first tour in over 6 years, just in time for the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album ‘Bring it On’. With so much to celebrate their festival appearance is not to be missed.

The five members of Gomez -- Ben Ottewell (vocals, guitar), Tom Gray (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Paul Blackburn (bass, guitar), Olly Peacock (drums), and Ian Ball (vocals, guitar, harmonica) -- played their first shows together in Leeds in late 1996, and soon began recording songs in Olly’s dad’s garage in Southport. The demos aroused considerable interest, and the group signed to the Virgin subsidiary label Hut Records in 1997. These garage demos eventually became their debut, ‘Bring It On’, which was praised in the rock press on both sides of the Atlantic.
The group stood apart in their attitude and demeanour from the Brit-pop groups then currently in vogue. Typical of this was the comment from the panel of judges for the Mercury Music Prize who described the album as "an intriguing blend of swamp blues, bar-room rock and eerie power." Gomez won 1998’s Mercury Music Prize for Album of the Year, where they edged out such stiff competition as Massive Attack's Mezzanine, the Verve's ‘Urban Hymns’ and Pulp‘s ‘This Is Hardcore’.
‘Liquid Skin’ followed in 1999, and the now-out-of-print rarities and B-sides compilation ‘Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline’ was issued a year later. A third studio album ‘In Our Gun’ was released in Spring  2002. Pared down tracks were released on the Tchad Blake-produced ‘Split the Difference’ in 2004. In 2005, they signed with ATO Records and released ‘Out West’, Gomez's first live album, in June. Their most successful album, ‘How We Operate’ was released in May 2006 in addition to a retrospective collection of singles, rarities, and unreleased tracks, Five Men in a Hut: Singles 1998-2004 later in the year.
Gomez is living proof that perseverance and consistency are qualities to be proud, of as the group have ridden out changes in fads and styles around them to maintain their popularity and critical standing around the world. ‘Bring It On’ has a creative buzz, the excitement and spirit of adventure that comes when any young band starts out -- and which Gomez have, with no self-aggrandised fanfare, successfully maintained to this day. Bluesfest is thrilled to welcome them back to the festival at such an important time in the bands career. 
Gomez is playing Bluesfest on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th March, 2018. 


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