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Rock band Sweet to headline the Roundhouse Music Festival in Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 18:49 20 August 2018 | UPDATED: 19:00 20 August 2018

Sweet will be performing at the Roundhouse Music Festival.

Sweet will be performing at the Roundhouse Music Festival.

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They have sold more than 55million records and had 34 number one hits worldwide and on Monday they'll be the headline act at a music event in Dagenham.

The Roundhouse pub is in Lodge Avenue, Dagenham. Picture: Paul BennettThe Roundhouse pub is in Lodge Avenue, Dagenham. Picture: Paul Bennett

Sweet will be appearing at the Roundhouse Music Festival at Central Park to once again rock the crowd.

It’s nearly 50-years since the 1970s glam rock band came together and rose to worldwide fame, but they are still going strong and entertaining fans across the globe.

‘Ballroom Blitz’, ‘Block Buster’ and ‘Love is like Oxygen’ are among a catalogue of hits that have taken every continent by storm for more than four decades and there is no sign of them retiring any time soon.

The band members may have changed, but there has been one constant thread that has linked the past to the present – guitarist Andy Scott.

The 69-year-old is proud to have been part of the band’s amazing rise after they first started rehearsing above a sweet shop, and still relishes the chance to perform in front of thousands of people.

As the group prepare to appear at the festival Andy says they will never change their ways and hopes it will be a night to remember in Dagenham.

“When I was growing up Dagenham meant Ford and motor cars and all the footage you used to see of the Dagenham girls,” he said.

“We only have an hour on stage and it will be hard for us to play all of our big hits. “But that shows the number of songs we have had. We still love performing and hope the fans will enjoy it.

“We did a show in London last Christmas and the venue only held about 500, but from the moment we went on stage the crowd didn’t stop singing so if we can get the right kind of crowd it usually turns into a nice event.”

From the moment Andy first picked up a guitar at the age of 13, he knew he was destined to have a career in music and after performing with a host of local bands in north Wales, he finally came into contact with the Sweet when he was 20 and the rest is history.

He added: “It has been some career for us. I recently saw a documentary that was made about us on the BBC and there is footage of me sitting on the sofa between a couple of the other guys and I said, ‘I guess we will be around for about 10 years and then see what we have to do next!”

“We are still performing 50-years later, and it is ridiculous!

“Apart from one incident at the end of the 1980s when Steve (Priest) moved to America and didn’t come back, we haven’t really stopped.

“The lifestyle means you are hardly at home. We live life in the fast lane and at one point I didn’t even know if I would reach 60, but it has been an amazing journey.”

Andy is adamant he will never get bored of playing their biggest hits and reveals there is a special technique that makes them stand out above the rest.

“If you get bored of playing the big hits you shouldn’t be doing it. I say to our drummer that there is a template for the Sweet songs. “If you only think there is six chords in the song it will sound like a pub band doing a Sweet song. It is the same with Status Quo – only they know how their songs should sound and how they should be played.”

Entrance to Roundhouse Music Festival on Bank Holiday Monday is free and starts at 12pm.

The concert, which celebrates the rich musical history of the legendary Roundhouse pub and has played host to some of the world’s most famous rock bands, will also see tribute acts for Bon Jovi, Queen and Madness rocking Central Park.

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