“I can’t quite believe that the only album I want to play in the car right now is by a 25 year-old from Cornwall, who I’ll wager has spent a lot more time queueing at Chiverton Cross roundabout than hitch-hiking on the New Jersey Turnpike. But there it is.”
Pete Cross - Cornwall Today, The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian
After being hand-picked by Michael Eavis himself to support Wolf Alice and the legendary Supergrass - on their 25th anniversary show, to a sold out 8,000 capacity crowd on Worthy Farm (what would be the last gig on Worthy Farm for 2 years) - Sam Richardson and The Renegades were entrusted with the task of opening the 50,000 capacity Main Stage at Boardmasters 2021 - The first to play the stage since George Ezra closed the festival back in 2018.
Sam Richardson and The Renegades are a soaring 4 piece roots-rock band hailing from the rugged north coast of Cornwall. Sam’s songs are reminiscent of the days when imagery and stories played a key role in the songwriting process and the band’s evocative, euphoric live performance has left its mark on audiences across the UK.
Glastonbury Festival founder and industry legend, Michael Eavis, selected the band to support Mercury Prize winning band Wolf Alice, and culture shaping brit-pop band Supergrass (on their 25th anniversary and their first appearance in 10 years) to a sold out crowd of 8,000 at The Pilton Party 2019 festival on Worthy Farm. The momentous event has been covered extensively in publications such as NME and Rolling Stone, and the band have appeared frequently on BBC Radio and performed live on BBC television (BBC Spotlight).
Building on the year’s successes, the band were asked to perform at BBC Music’s huge ‘Introducing Live’ event 2019 at London’s Tobacco Dock. After waiting out the 2020 Covid 19 pandemic, the band were entrusted to open the 50,000 capacity main stage at Boardmasters Festival 2021 for Sam Fender and Foals.
Previous years have seen support slots for platinum selling artists (including an album launch and 7 nights opening for Newton Faulkner), airplay and interviews for BBC Radio 1, theater performances for Amnesty International alongside acts such as Gary Lightbody (lead singer of Snow Patrol) to audiences including: Sir Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Irons, Snow Patrol and The Kaiser Chiefs.
Mixing the driven, cinematic stylings of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Jackson Browne results in emotive and exciting songs that make you want to turn up your radio, and drive out into an unending summer night.
Find yourself captivated by tales of fugitives, redemption, desperation and watch a stage of some of the best musicians the South-West has to offer, empty the tank.
Sam Richardson and The Renegades are a band not to be missed.
©2018 Sam Richardson
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