The Hives to let gorillas pick set for Zoo festival

Band say they're scared animals will riot if they don't play 'right songs'

The Hives to let gorillas pick set for Zoo festival
The Hives are set to headline Zoo-themed festival Zoo Thousand and Eight.

Taking place at the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park between July 4 and 6, the band will play the festival, which will also see performances from Gallows and Ash.

Speaking to NME.COM, The Hives' singer Pelle Almqvist said he was letting the zoo's animals influence his choice of setlist for the gig.

"We're a bit scared that the gorillas will start a riot if we don't play the right songs," he explained. "We've never played a zoo before you know? Once we played at a festival in (hometown of) Fagersta in a field and their were cows there. Did they like our music? Well cows are pretty chilled out generally aren't they? So yes, I think so."

Almqvist said that although she thought it was fine for some of the bigger animals to listen to their set, it didn’t seem right on the smaller ones. He said: "I don't think it’s fair on the small birds - they'll be pulverised by our sound."

The band are also looking forward to playing on the same bill as Ash.

"Last time we played a festival together we had a wrestling match together and we ended up grappling them with a chair," explained the singer. "I think we are ready for a re-match - I'm ready."

The line-up is:


July 4


ZOO8 Main Stage:
Mark Ronson and the Version Players
Dizzee Rascal
Little Man Tate
Delays
The Rumble Strips
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
Nick Harrison
Marner Brown

Tap ‘N’ Tin stage:
Gallows
Lethal Bizzle
F***ed Up
I Was A Cub Scout
Skinnyman
Hexes
Fighting With Wire
Slaves To Gravity
Mystery Jets (DJ set)
Mexico Fallz

Devious / Pukka Up stage:
Bloc Party (DJ set)
Freemasons
Body Rox
Vula (Bassment Jaxx)
Seb Fontaine
Stretch Silvester
Jason Bye
Abigail Bailey
Rob Wilder
Kev Harris

Suburban Kings stage:
Lupen Crook
Inner City Pirates Brigade
Enjoy Destroy
Furthest Drive Home
Six Nation State
New 1920s
Devils Gun
Bossk
Lights Action

July 5

ZOO8 Main Stage:
The Cribs
Ash
British Sea Power
Roni Size/Reprazent
Hadouken!
The Rascals
Minus the Bear
Frank Turner
Underground Heroes
Jacobs Stories

Tap ‘N’ Tin stage:
The Young Knives
Wiley
The Cazals
Kid Harpoon
Chas N Dave
Mitchell Brothers
Cage The Elephant
Newham Generals
Inner City Dwellers
Sam Isaac
Unsigned Heroes

Breakology & Pyroradio.com stage:
Pendulum (90 min DJ set)
Andy C (2 hour DJ set)
Friction
Goldie (90 min set)
Fabio
Jungle Drummer & Fu (Live)
Hazard & Sly
Subfocus
Alix Perez
Dice & Ruffstuff
Star C & Bad Influence
MCS:
GQ – Eskman – Verse – Bassman – Fun –
Five O – Rage – Harry Shotta - Spinout

Suburban Kings stage:
Marner Brown
Maker
The Vivians
Long Weekend
Sparkadia
Lucky Soul
Rosemary
The Godwits
Sportsday Megaphone
Letters From London
Smoke Fairies
The Molotovs
I Haunt Wizards

July 6

ZOO8 Main Stage:
The Hives
Athlete
Funeral For A Friend
Flogging Molly
Does It Offend You, Yeah?
Friendly Fires
Ida Maria
In Case Of Fire
Maker

Tap 'N' Tin stage:
The Holloways
Late of the Pier
Charlotte Hatherley
Pete & the Pirates
Dogs
The Metroes
Johnny Foreigner
Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man
Elle S’Appelle
Sunny Day Sets Fire

Fat! stage:
MSTRKRFT
Switch
Stanton Warriors
Evil Nine
Mickey Slim
Baobinga & I.D.
Kid Blue
Hana Holand
Small Fry
Merka

Suburban Kings stage:
Underground Heroes
Black Cherry
Wild Beasts
Lo Fi Culture Scene
The Godwits
Young Soul Rebels
The Hot Melts
Circuits
The Xcerts
The Steers
The Clik Clik


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