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Leeds outfit Polo are a band that are on everyone’s radar. Their lush, r’n’b-tinged pop and crisp production has seen them receive coverage from all the best music blogs, as well as plays on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music, XFM and Amazing Radio. Over the past few years they have been touring the UK relentlessly and the trio have performed at likes of The Great Escape, Live at Leeds, Hit the North, Evolution Emerging, Tramlines and The Great Exhibition of the North.

We had a quick Q&A with Luke Lout ahead of the band’s performance at Last Train Home festival in Darlington on Saturday 7th September.

How long have you known each other? How did you meet?
I  started a project back in college, nearly 7 years ago. I began working with Kat and we formed as a now extinct previous project. It was around this time that Dan and I became friends, as we were on the same college course. However, It was a few years later we became Polo and brought Dan in. At this point, we all lived on the same street in Newcastle. 

Who are you biggest musical influences?
Hip-Hop/RnB as a genre is really ahead of the game when it comes to the modern era of music consumption, so we take a lot of influence from that. Collectively we have a pretty broad taste too, From RnB, electronic dance music, Afrobeat and pop music, we try and collate these into our sound.

Describe your sound.

What can people expect from your performance at Last Train Home?
A tour de force. A whirlwind of beautiful electronic sounds, dank chords and Kat’s stunning voice soaring above like an eagle.

What do you like about a festival performance as opposed to a regular gig?
The pace, and the opportunity to only have 30 mins or so to win over a new audience. But mostly, the pace and stress of it all, it’s a real thrill.

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