Saffron Walden Blues & Rock Weekender preview: Introducing...Dave Vant

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Thursday, September 4, 2014
4:40 PM

In the second of our previews of the young Uttlesford musicians playing at the Blues & Rock Weekender meet Saffron Walden’s Got Talent winner Dave Vant.

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What’s on when

Friday, September 5

7.30pm Doors open

7.45pm Room C

8.25pm Dave Vant

9.05pm Too Cool Kid

9.45pm Remus Down Boulevard

Saturday, September 6

7.30pm Doors open

7.45pm The Hooligans

8.10pm Mortal Tides

8.40pm Blind Summit

9.10pm Shaun Colwill

9.45pm The Blues Brothers Band

Who is he?

It’s been quite a year for 15-year-old Friends’ School student Dave Vant. In July, he was crowned the winner of Saffron Walden’s Got Talent. He can also regularly be seen busking out in Cambridge city centre. His winning Saffron Walden’s Got Talent song Hate That You’ve Gone Away was written about his nan.

Influences

Dave: “Ed Sheeran is the main one. I like John Legend, too, and John Mayer for his guitar.”

What will he be playing at the concert?

Dave: “A mixture of Ed Sheeran, Passenger, Tracy Chapman and a few of my own songs.”

How did it all start?

Dave: “I started learning the guitar in Year 5 because I hadn’t really got into football at that point and I couldn’t do art to save my life. I stopped for a bit and then a year later started up again. I’ve written about six songs so far and played at a lot of concerts at Friends’ School.”

What does the future hold?

Dave: “I really want to get into a studio as soon as possible. When I go busking it would be nice to be able to put a rack of my CDs out for people to buy.”

How did it feel to win Saffron Walden’s Got Talent?

Dave: “The standard of ­competition was so high that I didn’t expect to win. When they said my name I was like ‘What?’ It was quite mesmerising and ­something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

Are you looking forward to Friday?

Dave: “One hundred per cent. I’m absolutely privileged and honoured to be part of it. Ethan played for the same football club as me, Thaxted Rangers, so I know all about the memorial fund.”

Why should people come along?

Dave: “Because it’s for a great cause and it’s going to be a fantastic night. There are a lot of good acts playing, including Room C who I know are brilliant too, so it will be a lot of fun.”

Dave Vant will be taking to the stage at 8.25pm on Friday evening. To get your tickets visit Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, call 01799 524002, or pop into Wayletts of Thaxted. Tickets are also available online from the-trumpet.co.uk.

• Throughout today and tomorrow we will preview the band and musicians who will be playing at the Blues & Rock Weekender so keep checking back to the Reporter’s website.

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