Ahead of their Bushstock headlining performance at the Sindercombe Social, we caught up with Palace frontman Leo Wyndham. Hailing from Tottenham, the band have perfected an unusual take on the blues as they bend it to their will, adding in a special sprinkle of space dust to their sound. Between their dreamy ambient guitar work and Leo’s strong vocals, the band combines classic rock with a hint of darkness that is truly compelling.

Sharing his favourite gigs of all time, he told us: “We’re extremely psyched and honoured to headline this year’s Bushstock. And we are going be channelling the spirit of these five killer shows that impressed us to create something special for the masses.”

Prince – 02 Arena

Sometime ago we saw the mighty Prince. It was pretty spectacular. Not only did he play all the classics and rip unreal, face-melting solos but he also played all the tunes he’d written for others. It was a pretty inspiring gig and we feel pretty blessed to have seen the legend rip it before he died. RIP to the king of slick, Prince.

Money – The Village Underground

Our good pals Money have always been one of our favourite bands and their live shows are second to none. We’ve seen them a few times now but their recent show at The Village Underground was on the next level. They played with strings which elevated the tunes to new heights, and Jamie’s lyrics are always super poetic and sung with undeniable heart. That show was unforgettable – you could hear a pin drop in the crowd while they were playing. We also saw some people crying which is always a good sign! Hopefully we can do the same when we play at Bushstock, good tears all round!

Pond – Electric Ballroom

This was pretty special. Our ears haven’t quite recovered but hot damn this was a nuts show with one half of Tame Impala playing insane proggy-psychedelic gold. The dynamics and charisma of their show was jaw dropping. Not to mention the fact that they just have a laugh and are obviously pretty fucking funny dudes. When we were at Bestival we saw Tame Impala and Pond playing ultimate frisbee backstage and almost puked with joy. We considered joining in but then we remembered we suck at frisbee and would’ve probably thrown it into a hedge.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Koko

The energy and soul they put into the show was unreal. And the slickness of the performance was also incredible. They sounded just like their records, which is always a great thing. Possibly the best live sound we’ve ever heard and one of the most badass bands around.

Tinariwen – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Our minds were blown into tiny shards of musical gold nuggets. We’ve been a fan of these Malian blues dudes for some time and the show was incredibly cool. The guitars sounded amazing live and the repetition of the percussion was pretty hypnotic. We were pretty much transfixed throughout. It’s actually a dream of ours to go on tour with Tinariwen as they’re such a brilliantly unique and interesting band and a great inspiration for us. Then Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow came on at the end and presented them with a Songlines music award and did a speech. I think he was pretty baked or something as he went a bit mad and shouted ‘THIS IS MUSIC!’ over and over again to the crowd. It was pretty entertaining.

Bushstock arrives in Shepherds Bush on June 18th. Catch Palace at 9:30pm at the Sindercombe Social. More details here.