So it’s been an age since we last updated our site.
A lot has happened in the Bigtopp camp so I thought it was time to put fingers to keys and type up the season’s minutes.
As some of you maybe aware our guitarist Charlie went into hospital a month ago after suffering two cardiac arrests. The doctors pretty much wrote him off but being the tendentious and tenacious little git that he is has defied their odds and is recovering incredibly well.
I’ve been visiting him in hospital and I can’t explain how incredibly well he is doing. From being able to say a few words to full use of speech in the space of a week has dumbfounded the medical and physio staff.
He’s still at the beginning of his recovery but he already told me he wants to get touring with the band and we can’t wait to have him back.
Whenever Charlie is ready to rejoin he will be playing alongside our newly appointed second guitarist, James Rizzi, from the locally revered funk-hip-hop act SMI. James has taken the post with unmatched energy and enthusiasm and getting heavily involved with writing the new material.
Rizzi’s style and character have synergised the band like a tea bag and hot water (no innuendo intended). He has been rocking with us over the summer after Charlie’s last show at the Isle of Wight Festival and has committed himself to the Bigtopp mission.
Speaking of festivals we’ve had an absolute blast rocking out at Boomtown Fair, Isle of Wight Festival, Secret Garden Party, Watchett Festival, Blissfields, Small World and many many more.
All of the love we have got after the shows has been humbling and we thank everyone who has said hello and bought some merch from us.
In an awesome turn of events we ended up supporting one of our childhood heroes in Southampton this summer in Southampton.
We took a key support slot for Less Than Jake at The Engine Rooms to a sold out crowd – personal highlight for me.
As we move into the autumn period we’re turning our attention to the finer details of the band, like live videos, studio work, photoshoots and all the other things that a band has to get sorted.
We have finally launched an Instagram account so check it out to see @Bigtoppband and equally come find us on Twitter with the same handle @Bigtoppband.
Ears peeled Toppers