A band with all the potential to catch the next big wave straight to the top of the music scene is looking forward to headlining Friday night at GoldCoast Oceanfest. The Imperial Vipers played at the Croyde festival last year and were delighted at the rec

A band with all the potential to catch the next big wave straight to the top of the music scene is looking forward to headlining Friday night at GoldCoast Oceanfest.The Imperial Vipers played at the Croyde festival last year and were delighted at the reception they received from North Devon's knowledgeable music fans.The Vipers will be playing chunks from their second album, The Sickness, currently just finishing production, as well more of their own material with their customary passion and verve.In between studio work they have set a hectic touring pace, playing gigs and festivals around the UK and right across Europe.But North Devon's GoldCoast Oceanfest appears to have all the hallmarks of their new spiritual home:"'Not only are the people friendly and unpretentious but the setting is stunning; I doubt there are many other festivals in the world like it," said front man Ash Simmons."We have fond memories from our time there last year when we arrived pretty much as unknowns, but were given a great reception from the crowd."Wevs, the lead guitarist, is champing at the bit too: "Having surfed all over the world the Oceanfest is a dream come true for me, combining my two great loves! Obviously I'm looking forward to playing the show on Friday night but it will also be a good opportunity to catch a few waves."Visit www.goldcoastoceanfest.co.uk for ticket information or for more on the Vipers, head to www.myspace.com/imperialvipers