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Rock band determined to go 'all the way' to play at Crouch End Festival
A signed rock band determined to go “all the way” will perform at the Crouch End Festival this summer.
SUBSET formed two-and-a-half years ago when the lead singer and guitarist, Rom, moved from France to Tottenham Lane, Crouch End, to live with his brother and sister.
Rom, 29, and his three band members have already toured the UK twice, and spent two weeks last June performing in music venues all over the country, including Manchester, Brighton and Oxford.
It will be the first time the band, which has more than 1,100 likes on Facebook, will perform in Crouch End, despite frequently playing pubs in Turnpike Lane.
The band, which comprises two guitarists and vocalists, a bassist and a drummer, are gearing up to play a 30-minute set at the festival on May 5.
Rom, who works on the band full time, said: “We want to go all the way up.
"We are not going to be the next Rolling Stones or Beatles, but we are working very hard it make it happen.”
The group, which runs on a limited budget, spent their first tour carting their heavy equipment and instruments on public transport, because they could not afford to buy a car.
Rom, who has rocked in more than 100 gigs since the band formed in 2009, said: “The tour was great but because we did not have a van we used public transport the whole time.
"When we were carrying our equipment on the tube or the train, people definitely hated us.”
SUBSET have released two five-track EP albums so far, Sun Bathers and Mahogany, as well as three singles, and will release their latest EP, Drenched, in May.
Dedicated fans donated £3,000 online in less than three months to pay for the latest EP, Mahogany, to be made and released.
The band made it to the final five of the annual Surface Unsigned competition, which celebrates musical talent from budding artists and bands in the UK, but also in Europe.
They were spotted by American record label Expat Records, who believe they could hit the big time in America.
The band are practising each week to make sure they are on top form for their session at this year’s community festival.