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 Pic: Sonia Melot
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
The Rumble Strips
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
Nick Harrison
Marner Brown

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

Devious / Pukka Up stage:
Bloc Party (DJ set)
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
Lights Action

July 5

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

Tap ‘N’ Tin stage:
The Young Knives
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)
Goldie (90 min set)
Jungle Drummer & Fu (Live)
Hazard & Sly
Alix Perez
Dice & Ruffstuff
Star C & Bad Influence
GQ – Eskman – Verse – Bassman – Fun –
Five O – Rage – Harry Shotta - Spinout

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

July 6

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

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

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

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

To check the availability of Zoo Thousand And Eight tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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