Beyond Supernova: How Nova Twins are still breaking new ground

Even without this, though, Nova Twins have gotten very good at playing big spaces. At Download in June, they hit the main stage to find an audience that stretched to the skyline as one big mush of unidentifiable humanity.

“I remember we came out, and it was just a sea of people,” says Amy. “It wasn’t even like it was a big crowd – you couldn’t make people out. You could see faces in the first few rows, but after that it was just a blur.”

“That was mad!” agrees Georgia. “It was the windiest day ever as well, completely the wrong day to have your hair out, but it was crazy. We’ve always wanted to play the main stage at Download, it was always on the bucket list. And then coming out with Bring Me for that headline show [to play 1×1], that was the most people we’ve ever played to. It was mental. It just felt like a weird dream. Honestly, it was one of the best days ever.”

“It was amazing to have such a communal vibe backstage, as well,” says Amy, of Bring Me The Horizon’s hand-picked supporting cast, also featuring Neck Deep, Architects and Hot Milk among others. “A couple of years ago when everyone came out of lockdown, we were very insular, all of us were isolated. So to come out and actually form real connections with people and to be able to talk with other bands, or do festivals, or meet new people, or meet someone that you’ve spoken to online but haven’t actually met before, is amazing. What’s exciting now is that when we go on tours, it feels really nice – there’s a bit more of a family vibe when you go out. And that’s really important, because it can get quite insular on tour. So one of the great things about that day at Download was that we got to see loads of our friends.”

Then there was Glastonbury, where their performance was shown on the BBC. Fortunately, says Amy, “Loads of people came out.” Even more fortunately, even with a travel itinerary that would give James Bond a headache, and technical gremlins waiting to screw things up, it was a blinder.

“We had the most mental schedule leading up to it,” explains Georgia. “We had no sleep and loads of traveling and flights. Then the screens were going to not work, and they said we were going to have to cut a song. But then suddenly everything just worked and it was amazing.”

“At the gigs before, we were in Germany and Greece, there were some technical problems where things weren’t set up properly, and it was just mental,” recalls Amy. “I just remember thinking, ‘This can’t happen at Glastonbury because we’re getting fucking filmed!’ And then at the last minute, everything was perfect.”

“The universe was on our side in the end,” laughs Georgia.