We chatted to Dan from The Grub & Grog Shop who will be providing some lovely food over the weekend...
*StrangeForms Festival takes place over the Easter Bank Holiday (19th & 20th April) at Wharf Chambers and features sixteen post-rock, post-metal and math rock acts.*
BAD OWL PRESENTS: First off, can you tell us a little bit about The Grub And Grog Shop?
DAN: The Grub & Grog shop is pop-up shop that sells grub & occasionally grog in Leeds and surrounding areas. We set up in January and have been popping up at various cafes and bars around Leeds city centre. Our menu usually consists of hot sandwiches, seasonal stews & fresh salads in various shapes and forms.
BOP: What kind of treats can we look forward to you bringing along to StrangeForms?
D: We've got an ace vegetarian sandwich with slabs of roasted parsnip, picked carrot, wild garlic sauce and honey & mustard dressing so we think we'll bring that down, it's served in a ciabatta roll from Leeds Bread Co-Op and has been very popular at past events. We're also bringing a really healthy pearl barley stew with artichoke & parsnip. We use a parsnip puree instead of veg stock so it's really creamy and then serve it with fresh apple & pickled artichoke which gives it a bit of sharpness, it's pretty tasty all in all!
BOP: You've been running a Kickstarter campaign to enable you to convert a Land Rover to enable you to sell food and drink at festivals and events - how important is this for you guys to help you expand the business?
D: So as it took us so long to complete this interview the Kickstarter campaign has now finished and unfortunately we didn't quite make our target. It's been ace for us though, we've had loads of good press from it, including an article in the Yorkshire Evening Post and The City Talking. We're also actually quite glad we didn't make our target because a Landrover is very big, and Jim's not a great driver. We're going to downsize and just get a normal van in the next few weeks.
BOP: Are there any particular bands on the StrangeForms line-up that you are looking forward to seeing?
D: I'm looking forward to catching Tomorrow We Sail, heard a lot of good things. Other than that we're just looking forward to seeing some new music!
BOP: The Grub And Grog Shop are asked to curate their own gig - what four bands, past or present, would you have on the bill?
D: (sorry for the plug) Actually we're organising a vegetarian & vegan food & drink festival at Wharf Chambers called Veg Out at the end of May. We've got Middleman, Bearfoot Beware, IMP & Me & My Friends (among others) playing so really looking forward to seeing them. We really wanted to get Cowtown to play but they were busy, love them guys!
BOP: And finally, other than StrangeForms, what are your plans for the rest of 2014?
D: We do a Friday lunchtime pop up at Outlaws Yacht Club every week, so we'll be doing that. Other than that to be honest we don't have a lot booked in. We're kind of holding off a little until we have a van, as soon as we get that sorted we'll be everywhere! (Hopefully)
Weekend tickets cost £15 from Jumbo, Crash & Wharf Chambers.
Day tickets cost £9 from WeGotTickets.com/f/7245