Manchester band also reveal respect for Glastonbury headliners Arctic Monkeys
Everything Everything have spoken out about the current state of UK music festivals, saying that it is a “disgrace” to see a band like Kraftwerk playing before Calvin Harris.
Though Kraftwerk are to headline Latitude festival later this year, the German electronic pioneers will perform before Harris at T In The Park this summer. Commenting the billing to NME, bass player Jeremy Pritchard said: “I’m glad that Kraftwerk are headlining Latitude, but I think it’s a fucking disgrace that they’ve been billed underneath Calvin Harris.” Everything Everything’s bassist stated: “They’re [Kraftwerk] a headliner in my book, but to be realistic, they’re not probably ticket sellers are they, if it’s a festival.”
Speaking at the Live at Leeds festival over the weekend, Pritchard also said that the Arctic Monkeys “deserve” to be headlining this year’s Glastonbury festival. Though Pritchard did state that the Arctic Monkeys topping the bill “feels a bit old hat” he later added: “They’re a good band and they deserve it.”
“What I really admire about them is that they never really cashed in on the stuff that made them hugely popular,” Pritchard said. “They didn’t repeat it and they went were they wanted to go, even if the fans didn’t want it as much. So yeah, it’s good to see that they’re still on top of the bill.”
The Manchester four-piece topped this year’s Live at Leeds, which took place over the bank holiday weekend. Coming on stage shortly after 10.30pm, the band played a full set that mixed tracks from their 2010 debut album ‘Man Alive’ and their 2013 follow-up album ‘Arc’.
Live At Leeds festival is now in its seventh year and aims to feature a mix of local talent and nationally-known names. Peace, The Walkmen, The Pigeon Detectives and AlunaGeorge played across the weekend along with Tribes, Rudimental and King Krule at the three-day bash, which took place at various venues across Leeds city centre from May 3-5.