We went to sunny South Wales for Beach Break Live and, apart from discovering you can get sun burnt in Wales, here's what we learnt...
1. Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip are playing their biggest tour to date later this year
We caught up with the bearded duo to find out what they’re up to in 2010 and whether they’re changing their stage show for their latest album.
2. The Futureheads will never sign to a major label in the UK again
The boys told us that they’re happy releasing their own material and that they’re going to bring the ‘Big Boys’ out this summer.
3. Doing an obstacle course dressed as a sumo wrestler is the most fun you could have, ever
Bearded Kitten have been doing the festival rounds again this year, kicking off at Beach Break. When a man in a leotard tells you to put on a fat suit and climb over that wall or wrestle someone dressed as a caveman in a paddling pool full of jelly – you do it, if you want to win the coveted Gaelic Games trophy.
4. Vampire Weekend will be playing never heard before songs in the UK later this year
We chatted to the band backstage before their headline set on the first night of Beach Break. Rostam Batmanglij explained that they’ll be playing “half and half” songs from their latest album and their older stuff over festival season but that, “We’ll definitely be coming back in the Fall to play some songs that no one’s heard before.”
Plus lead singer Ezra Koenig revealed that British festivals are a lot more exciting than American festivals. He told us: “The UK has more festivals in its history, like Reading and Leeds and Glastonbury, there aren’t any festivals in the US that have been going for that long. There’s really no equivalent, especially to festivals like Glastonbury. There are some great ones in America but there isn’t really a festival culture - everybody just goes to one. Then you look at the number of festivals in the UK which is a much smaller country to the US.”
5. NME Breakthrough band The Ruskins want to ‘band jack’ the news
The Ruskins, who got NME’s attention on NME Breakthrough, told us after their set about their plans for this year and their van that’s been kitted out for instant guerrilla gigs.
6. Fenech Soler tell us about the benefits and disadvantages of wearing sequins
The boys who always sparkle onstage told us what they’ll be doing this festival season, how they’re making their name known and about their onstage outfits.
7. You should all really grow a moustache… even you girls
The Modern Beardsmith – a magazine devoted to facial hair, of course – travels the length of the country with their Moustache Parlour. They went to Beach Break to make sure there wasn’t a punter left without a ‘tache.
8. Ellie Goulding wants to start writing her second record and play the drums more
We caught up with Ellie to find out when we can hear the follow up to her debut album. She told us that it might not be too far away: “I’ve been back in the studio with Starsmith, I was in the studio with Tinie Tempah the other day doing something with him. So I’m starting to adjust to doing the studio thing. My head seemed to go back into writing mode naturally, I know that I want to start writing my second record.”
The singer also revealed that she wants to play the drums on her music more often, she said: “We did a gig at Shepherds Bush Empire recently and we got another drum kit so me and my drummer Joe could go and play it together. It was so good, the energy was intense. It’s definitely something I want to do in the future. Drumming is definitely my second passion from guitar.
9. Want to get clean at a festival? Dunk your feet in a fish tank
Feet covered in festival mud and feeling pretty disgusting? Just shove your feet in this tank full of Kangal Garra Rufa fish, they’ll sort you out by nibbling all the dead skin off your toes. Whether it works or not, we’re not sure, but we watched it for at least fifteen minutes in a state of shock.
10. Chase And Status are heading into the studio after festival season
The final night headliners told us who to check out at festivals this summer, what they’ll be up to after they’re all over and that new bands should give up on their social lives.
11. One more, for a good cause
We’ve got to mention the brilliant people at breast cancer awareness campaign Coppafeel and Bollocks To Poverty’s NMH (No More Hunger) campaign who did a great job of letting festival goers know about their charities. Check their tents out at festivals across the country this summer.