Foals’ Yannis Philippakis is challenging fans to get horizontal in the tent
Place your bets on which band’s going to garner the most crowdsurfers at Reading and Leeds. Biffy? Blink? Nope. Going by past form, Foals will once again be the worthy claimants of that trophy. They might not be the festivals’ heaviest band, but their legacy from their limbs-akimbo house party days has followed them to Richfield and Bramham and beyond.
“When we played in 2008, it was like a mass communion of rage,” says Yannis Philippakis. “It was one of our favourite shows that we’ve ever played – feral and unchained. There’s an old school rock feeling at Reading and Leeds that you don’t get anywhere else, people really releasing negative energy. If we had our way, there wouldn’t be any barrier between the band and the crowd.”
Not that the barrier’s about to stop Yannis from flinging his body into the pit during their set; no stranger to the bumpy horizontal experience, who better to give their top five tips for crowdsurfing during Foals’ show…
Yannis’ Top 5 Crowdsurfing Tips...
1. “Give your wallet and phone to a friend who’s not going to crowdsurf. Or take the risk. It’s like human Buckaroo.”
2. “Always go feet first. Especially if you’re going into the crowd. It adds a Battle Royale feel.”
3. “A certain amount of groping’s inevitable. I don’t think I’ve ever been felt up intentionally – but expect people to touch you.”
4. “If only I had the answer to dealing with security guards. Give them
a wink or a dashing smile, maybe. Say thank you.”
5. “Finally, watch this video of a guy trying to stagedive during a Faith No More show – he jumps and goes head first into the barrier. Apparently, he lost all his teeth and his face had to be kind of rebuilt. It’ll either spur you on, or put you off jumping for life.”
Foals play the NME/Radio 1 Stage at Reading (Sun 29) and Leeds (Sat 28)
This article originally appeared in the August 28 issue of NME
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