Kingfishers Catch Fire were formed in Glossop in 2008 by old school-friends Max Howard and Max Hartshorne – both Maxs had long been involved in creating music (The Max Howard Band and Beat Girl respectively) but this was the first time they worked together.
Playing stripped back electronic pop with synths and laptop backing they played a number of small gigs in the Glossop and Manchester area before deciding that they wanted to expand the sound.
Enlisting guitarist Lucy Barton and, later, bassist Alan Slack and drummer Leah Hartshorne Kingfishers Catch Fire dispensed with the laptop and embraced a 100% live sound.
2010 saw Kingfishers Catch Fire begin to make a name for themselves in the Salford and Manchester music scene. Playing gigs at venues including Kraak Gallery, Islington Mill, The Rovers Return, The Oakwood, The Moon and Sixpence and Fuel.
They released a couple of tracks for music collective Cabinet of Curiosities and are in the process of recording their debut album.
Kingfishers also have a place in Bankswood folk-law as without their Guitarist Lucy, the festival would probably not exist!