Charity events are great, aren’t they? Everyone having a ton of fun while raising money for a bloody good cause? Dorset festival Teddy Rocks has so far raised over £170,000 for the charity Teddy20, which helps children and families fighting cancer. Loads of musicians are lending a helping hand for 2018, including Em Foster and Nervus (plus her other band, Funeral Shakes, too).
Hey Em, how have you lot been since the release of your new album, pleased to have it out?
It’s been amazing. We’re chart-botherers now. Hanging out in the Rock Chart with Disturbed.
And the tour with Milk Teeth, going well so far? It must be loads of fun on the road with that bunch.
It’s the best. It’s all very silly and very fun, and they’re absolutely killing it every night. Every night, it’s dead. Because of Milk Teeth.
How do you prepare for festival season, then?
By touring loads until we’re completely broke and our partners forget what we look like!
Will Teddy Rocks be Nervus’s first festival of 2018? You’ve some more coming up too, haven’t you?
Yes! Yes! We’re doing about a million, in the UK and Europe. I just can’t remember what they are. Great Escape! Truck! 2000 Trees! This is My Fest! Booze Cruise! I think.
Teddy Rocks is raising money to fight children’s cancer, is that one of the things that drew you to it?
Absolutely. I think most people have lost a few people they love to cancer. Also – Feeder and Ash are playing.
It must be odd playing the event twice, with both Nervus and Funeral Shakes – does that happen often?
We’re doing it a couple of times this year, but it’s cool! I love playing music; I’m so eternally grateful that I’m in two bands that play music.
Are you a fan of any of the other bands playing?
I grew up listening to Sonic Boom Six and their singer Laila is a friend and an inspiration. Can’t wait to see them again.
Who else are you looking forward to seeing across 2018’s festivals?
Oof! Well, I’m playing a few and going to a few – so I’m going to list a bunch I’m really excited to see at festivals we may or may not be playing at. Thundercat, Doe, Earth Wind & Fire, Enter Shikari, Creeper, RVIVR, Fresh, itoldyouiwouldeatyou, Conjurer. That line up should be a festival in itself.
What else is coming up for Nervus?
Some of the most absolutely bonkers stuff that we can’t tell you about yet. Not that we don’t trust you, but I think you’ll tell people.