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Shoegaze pioneers Slowdive have more fans than ever after 20-year hiatus

Shoegaze pioneers Slowdive were toasted for their debut EP, but critics later chided them for their "dated" sound

Published on Jul 28, 2014 11:16 AM
English indie/shoegaze pioneers Slowdive comprise (from left) Simon Scott, Nick Chaplin, Rachel Goswell, Christian Savill and Neil Halstead. -- PHOTO: SYMMETRY ENTERTAINMENT

In the 20 years that they went on hiatus, English indie/shoegaze pioneers Slowdive picked up a lot more fans than they did when they were active in the early 1990s.

In a recent telephone interview, singer and guitarist Rachel Goswell related how amazed she was at the turnout to their set at music festival Primavera Sound in Barcelona at the end of May, one of the main stops in their current reunion tour.

"We played to 25,000 people and that was just off-the-scale really, it was immense. It was something that I never thought I would get to do. It was pretty amazing for all of us," the 43-year-old says, speaking from London's Gatwick Airport just before the band left for Iceland for a festival set.

Before the hiatus, the largest crowd they had played to was a 3,000-strong audience and, even then, they were just the opening band for headliners and fellow British shoegaze pioneers, Ride.

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