If you knew there was a massive fest like this coming, you’d reasonably put a stake on Paramore, since they’re already putting the car in gear. Avril, too. You didn’t think of Kittie. And what a pleasant surprise it was to see them on the poster. Particularly as, following the tragic death of bassist Trish Doan in 2017, the band had latterly appeared to be over, saying in 2019 that it didn’t feel quite right.
But, 11 years after their last album, I’ve Failed You, they’re here for a hurrah. How final that’ll be remains to be seen, but it’s cause for celebration, nonetheless.
“Where would I be without Kittie?” mused Svalbard singer/guitarist Serena Cherry to Kerrang! a couple of years ago, in a piece in which she poured praise on the band. “Maybe I wouldn’t be touring the world with my band. Maybe I wouldn’t have released my second album last year. Maybe I would never have picked up a guitar. You can never underestimate the impact of such powerful female inspiration.”
Get your spiked collars ready.