Trio suffering from festival fever

The Crookes on stage in the Blues Bar as part of Harrogate Fringe. (Picture by Stuart Rhodes)
The Crookes on stage in the Blues Bar as part of Harrogate Fringe. (Picture by Stuart Rhodes)

Over the course of their career, Sheffield favourites The Crookes have become known as one of the hardest working bands of the underground.

For the last six months, guitarists Tom Dakin and Daniel Hopewell and singer George Waite have been holed up in the city writing their fourth record, the follow-up to 2014’s Soapbox.

Having started in January, the band – down to a trio following the departure of drummer Russell Bates earlier this year – finished just a few weeks ago.

George says: “We’re definitely suffering some cabin fever. We can’t wait to get out of the studio and back on the stage.”

And they will get back on to the stage at Tramlines, performing on the Devonshire Green stage on Sunday, July 26, at 5.45pm.

George says the band will probably have some new material for fans to hear – depending on how rehearsals go.

“We haven’t all played in a room together since December, so it will be a nervous few days when we all get together and go back into the practice room,” he says.

But he admits the band love Tramlines.

“It’s become a massive part of the city’s fabric,” he says. “It’s such a wonderful weekend and we always say it’s our favourite weekend of the year.

“We’ve played every one and I couldn’t imagine our year without a Tramlines show. I’d imagine bands from all over Yorkshire are beginning to feel like that now.

“It’s unlike any festival we’ve played. The atmosphere created by the local people is unreal. That’s what you look forward to most – the atmosphere.”

George believes Sheffield has a sense of pride surrounding Tramlines that extends to the city itself.

“It’s a quiet pride, it isn’t boastful,” he assures.

“It’s wonderful for the people of Sheffield to have an event of this magnitude each year.”