More T for Bonnybridge’s Billy!

Billy Kay

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For most musicians getting to play T in the Park once is a dream.

But bass player Billy Kay is gearing up for his third appearance at Scotland’s most prestigious festival in as many years.

And every time he has played with a different band.

Billy (26), from Bonnybridge, said: “It looks like I’ve just fallen out with lots of bands, but that isn’t the case at all!”

The in-demand bass player has been honing his skills since he was 12 and has been gigging since before he could legally order a pint.

After spells with various bands, he founded The Ray Summers - one of the most successful groups to have come out of Falkirk in recent years and named after the act Billy’s dad was in when he was in his 20s.

The Rays played T in the Park in 2009 after stepping in at the last minute but, with Billy out of the country, he missed the impromptu festival slot.

Luckily, they were invited back the following year, playing the T Break Tent.

In 2011 he starred on the bigger NME stage with Glasgow band Kassidy.

Billy, who is just back from playing with Kassidy in Amsterdam and is about to embark on a European tour with the band, said: “It was really lucky.

“They were friends with the Rays and, when they needed a new bass player, they thought of me.

“The band are doing really well and the session at T in the Park last year ended up being broadcast on the BBC - my mum was well proud.”

Kassidy are having a break from T this year, allowing Billy to play with his other band - Davey Horne - in the T Break Tent again.

“People ask how you compare the gigs but you can’t - I really don’t have a favourite. The tent was just packed and mental but the NME was a bigger stage and we knew it was being televised.

“I know I’m so lucky to be playing T in the Park again - most musicians never get to play. I make my dad green with envy!”

Davey Horner are at T in the Park between July 6-8 - more details from www.tinthepark.com nearer the time.