Reef are an English rock band from Glastonbury, fronted by Vocalist Gary Stringer , Jack Beasant on Bass and Jesse Wood on guitar (replacing original guitarist Kenwyn House in 2014) . To date the band have Sold in excess of 3 Million albums Worldwide .
Since forming in 1993 the band have released 5 studio albums all of which have gone Top 40 in the UK with the bands first album Replenish achieving Gold Status which in turn lead to tours with the likes of Paul Weller , Soundgarden and the Rolling Stones .
If that was not enough the bands Second album Glow in 1997 Produced by George Drakoulias (Producer of acts such as the Black Crowes and more recently music supervisor of the Multi award winning film The Joker) ) soared straight to Number 1 in the UK album Charts and achieved Platinum status .
Glow also included the bands biggest hit single to date “Place Your Hands” a song about “Easing the pain of Death” written by Stringer following the death of his Grandfather. The track continues to resonate with audiences the world over and was famously used by Radio DJ Chris Evans on his Cult TV show TFI Fridays.
Since then the band have continued to go from strength to strength smashing the UK Charts racking up no less than 9 Top 40 singles and 5 hit albums . The bands last release Revelation on Ear Records also produced by George Drakoulias propelled the band back into the Charts in 2018 receiving some of the best reviews of the bands career while also seeing the band appear on some of the Nations biggest and Best TV and Radio shows including BBC1s, the One Show.
Reef have always been hailed as one of the UKs best and most respected and prolific live acts with the band continuing to tour the world over.
Recently the band opened as special guests to Coldplay at Wembley Stadium after being personally invited by singer Chris Martin who sites Reef as helping give him huge motivation that he could make it too being a fellow West Country boy.
It does not matter whether they are headlining Hammersmith Apollo or playing at the likes of Glastonbury Festival the band are a force to reckoned with and a must for any festival.
On playing live Gary Stringer says “It’s really exciting for me to go out and to play and to look into people’s eyes who are ready to rock already”. “You get on stage and throw that energy down and it comes right back. That’s how you get an exciting gig. That’s a feeling that’s addictive for a musician. It makes you want to keep going out and giving it your everything and playing hard and rocking out. “
At last years headline set on the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury Reef were joined by their good friend guitarist Andy Taylor (Power Station / Duran Duran) for a memorable end to a brilliant set and have continued since to collaborate with the legendary guitarist on a number of spontaneous collaborative shows and special select appearances.
This summer sees Reef back where they belong performing at some of the biggest and best Festivals in Europe from Barcalona’s RockFest Barcelona Festival in Spain to the Big Feastival here in the heart of the Cotswolds.
The band have also been busy writing and recording a brand new album which they could not be more excited about. Exciting times lie ahead for Glastonburys finest rock band.
To watch the video to the Reef classic Single ‘Place your hands’ click below.