Beyond the Woods Meets: Bull

Bull – in our humble opinion, ones to watch. The band recently announced they will be playing BBC Introducing at Reading and Leeds, not to mention their upcoming tour (they’ll be in Lincoln on October 22nd!). Have a read through their interview and get yourself up to speed before it all kicks off!

Where does the name Bull come from?

We think it was our friend Liam’s suggestion. I think we went with it partly because we knew we wanted one word, (like Yuck!) but also because it seemed to sort of match with our philosophy as a band. (Bull sh*t). I had been in a lot of bands before but never as the songwriter. I wanted to be in a band where it wasn’t stressful and we were doing it purely for fun, no rules!

How did you all meet?

When we first formed in 2011, we were all at school together. I met Dan as I am the boyfriend of his sister, Martha. And we would have a lot of fun playing music together and I showed him a few chords on guitar. One of his best buds Rory came over to my house and we enjoyed playing music together, then we figured we needed a drummer and my old primary school friend Louis had been seen wearing a pixies t-shirt at school (and I’d heard him drum) so that was Bull mk1. Kai went to school with Dan and us and joined the band on megaphone for a laugh a few times. He had also played bass in York for a long time and was a good friend of ours so a great fit to join on bass. Tom Gabbatiss we’d known through gigging and I went travelling with him and asked him to join the band then. And the rest is pop history.

What are the best (and worst!) things about being in a band?

Good question! I’m sure the answer (at least to worst) might be slightly different for each of us. But I’m sure best is generally the feeling of playing music, when we’re all playing together and on the same page. But yeah we all also like travelling and making friends and meeting people. It’s really nice revisiting places and feeling like your meeting back up with old friends, picking up where you left off type of stuff. Worst… financial instability. That’s not great. But I wouldn’t change it 🙂

What have you been up to lately?

We’ve released our album so we’ve mostly been working on the next one (actually two!) and preparing to tour our album (Discover Effortless Living) for the first time this September/October. We’re playing all over the Uk and returning to the Netherlands which should be great 🙂

If your music was a person, what would they be like?

Hmmm, like a mixture of the four of us I suppose. Dan’s hair, my eyes, Kai’s ears, Tom G’s lips.

What has been your most memorable gig so far (and why)?

There have been a lot. Remember a good one in Groningen in the Netherlands at a place called Vera. We were supporting Canshaker Pi. Was just one of my favourite times I can remember playing, the sound was amazing, that venue is very inspiring.

If you could collaborate with any other artist, living or dead, who would you choose?

Willem Smit (from Personal Trainer / Canshaker Pi / Steve French in the Netherlands). 

What are your hopes/goals for the future of the band?

I’d like if we could record more albums, tour. I’d like it very very much if we could play at venues like Vera and The Brudenell Social Club and The Fulford Arms, and people would want to come out and see us play.

Upcoming Gigs


Midlight

5th October 2021
Paper Dress Vintage, London

We’ve teamed up with our mates Club The Mammoth for our first show in the capital! Tell your southern mates!

Buy tickets for Midlight


Maddie Magdalene (plus Lucy May Walker and Jaz Beeson)

6th October 2021
The Waiting Room, London

Another London gig, this time with an incredible all-female line up!

Buy tickets for Maddie (18+)


Bull (plus: Indigo Bay, Current Climate, Serial Chiller, and Hannah Fletcher – BBC Introducing DJ set)

22nd October 2021
The Scene, Lincoln

Huge acclaim after their debut album release this year, once you see them at the festival you’ll be coming back for more!

Get tickets for Bull (18+)


The Rills

16th December 2021
The Platform (above The Engine Shed), Lincoln

We’ve already had to upgrade this show due to huge demand. Don’t miss this homecoming show from these indie upstarts!

Buy tickets for The Rills (14+)


Only Sun plus Tin Pigeons and Jaz Beeson

Rescheduled date tba
Akedo Gaming Bar, Lincoln

Buy tickets for Only Sun (18+)


BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire Goes Beyond The Woods

Though the festival was put on hold for the year, there’s been plenty of activity from Lincolnshire musicians. Over lockdown we’ve seen an incredible flurry of activity from local artists with some fantastic new releases in the past few months.

Alongside BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire we put together a special radio show to celebrate these musicians which saw four hours of coverage including specially recorded sessions from homes, gardens and our stunning festival site, DJ sets from local producers and best bits from previous years.

Presenter Hannah Fletcher and BTW Organiser Joe Davies broadcasting from home

A real highlight was Ell Ivy, Cameron Minks both performing live from a garden near Lincoln, no mean feat considering they haven’t performed to anyone in months!

It’s safe to say that the standard of Lincolnshire musicians only seems to get better and better and we can’t wait to put plenty of them on our festival lineup next year. A big thanks to Hannah, Jono, Adam and the rest of the BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire team for helping put it all together!

Also featuring on the lineup were: Anna Straker, The Pylons, The Rills, Thomas Day, Toby Johnson and Suds. Plus DJ sets from Mexpha, Turtleneck, Marshall and Giants Watch the live stream back in full here.

Beyond The Woods Is Going Online

We may not be able to put on the festival this year for, err, obvious reasons, but that’s not going to stop us doing something!

BTW Online Lineup

We’re excited to be working alongside our friends at BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire to bring the BTW experience to your own home. All evening on Saturday 8th August you can hear specially recorded sets from a host of exciting Lincolnshire acts, as well as some bands playing live (in a socially distanced manner, of course)!

Local presenter and new-music champion Hannah Fletcher will be hosting the special programme which will go out live on BBC Radio Lincolnshire, with additional video streamed on Facebook. She’ll be joined by Joe – Founder of Beyond The Woods – for some insight into what would have been going on at the festival.

We’re encouraging everyone to get involved at home. Why not get the BBQ going, dress up in some festival gear and get the radio on, and don’t forget to tag us (@btwfestival) in any photos!

Make sure you don’t miss the stream by liking our Facebook Page!

© Beyond The Woods Festival 2021