Vennart: V For Victory
Mike Vennart has left his Oceansize days behind him to stamp his own personality on his first solo album, The Demon Joke. He reveals why he “danced around the house” after finishing each song.
The physical distance between the tiny, grungy Fighting Cocks venue in Kingston-Upon-Thames and the main stage of the Reading Festival is only around 40 miles, but in terms of psychological distance, they might as well be in different galaxies. And yet, on a warm May evening, a man who headlined the Reading and Leeds festivals in 2013 in his role as touring guitarist for rock superstars Biffy Clyro, and who has criss-crossed the world and played in front of tens of thousands of people with them, returns to the pub circuit to unveil his solo project.