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High Hopes: Rival State

Their blazing r’n’r conquered home turf. Now the New Zealanders are coming for the UK.

Some say rock’n’roll decadence (or daftness...) is dead. Rival State suggest otherwise. “We were romping around Auckland City off our fucking heads, we ended up back in the hotel we’d paid for to get up on the 20th storey and I’m hanging over the balcony going ‘WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS ALL?!’” drawls Luke Van Hoof, wiry, grinning frontman with Rival State. Liberal yet cheerful with his expletives and stories of excess, the 26-year-old has that hint of friendly arrogance that makes him engagingly confident, not obnoxious.

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