The promoter of the Royal Blood show at The Ferret in October 2013 has hit back in dramatic fashion.Advertisement
Royal Blood criticised the show as the worst they have ever played in an interview on Radio X ahead of their Glastonbury performance.
They joked that they call the city ‘Depreston’ while claiming they were interrupting people’s dinners and the sound guy hadn’t shown up on time.
Ed Monk, at the time booking for The Ferret as part of HED Promotions, was the man who booked the band to play.
Here is his response in full:
“It was October. It was raining. It was a free entry show and they got paid about £100. Very few people in Preston had heard of them at the time, but they had big management behind them (same folk as Arctic Monkeys I believe).
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“For those unaware, many great acts have played at the Ferret over the past decade. Acts with real personality and humility who would put on their best show even if they had to suffer the indignity of playing to a small crowd – which Royal Blood seem to harbour some grievance about.
“I have had the pleasure to host and hang out with the likes of Catfish & The Bottlemen, Alt J, Peace, The Joy Formidable, Jamie T, Bo Ningen to name a few. Bands that don’t just sound like a Levi Jeans marketing team’s wet dream. Christ, even Ed Sheeran played here a few years ago and he was a proper gent.
Is there anyone near the mad ferret in preston that can give me a cup of tea and a shower in return for a tune?
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) August 4, 2011
“For what it’s worth: food stopped serving at 9pm. Royal Blood hit the stage about 11pm. There was no one eating at that time.
“Likewise the sound guy had been there all night. He had been working the desk for the two support acts – Self and Boy Genius.
“But lets not allow facts to get in the way of Royal Blood’s ego (or hazy memories) as two number one selling albums for a band with so little charisma is ultimately a very impressive feat.”