Foals’ Yannis: “We’ve never played a gig fully sober”

The band's rider is "pretty boozy", the frontman adds

Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis has admitted the band are always at least slightly tipsy when they go on stage.

As the band prepare to headline Reading and Leeds festivals later this month (August), two of the biggest gigs of their career, Philippakis also revealed that the Foals touring rider is “pretty boozy”.

“It’s an inhuman amount of alcohol to be drinking,” he told ShortList. “At the end of a tour the bus pulls back up in London and you could throw 40 parties and a couple of weddings off it. All the champagne gets smashed pretty quickly but there’s lots of bourbon and beer left over. We were thinking about starting a wedding catering business on the side.”

Explaining that drinking has always been an inherent part of the Foals live experience, Philippakis said: “We’ve never played a gig fully sober. There’s a part of me that’d like to do it sober. I just don’t know whether it would be any good. Most nights are mental.”

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“I missed a flight recently because we were drunk,” he continued. “In terms of how we operate, it’s not a problem, but booze is imbued in the band because we started out playing house parties. And anyway, I’ve got the rest of my life to clean up.”