March 25, 2012 17:06

You Me At Six's Dan Flint: 'Download is going to be surreal'

Drummer looks ahead at summer festivals including Reading and Leeds

You Me At Six's Dan Flint: 'Download is going to be surreal'

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You Me At Six's Dan Flint has said that his band's second stage headlining slot at this summer's Download festival is "going to be surreal".

The band, who are currently on a tour of the UK and Ireland, spared time out of their busy touring schedule to tell NME about their summer plans.

Drummer Flint said they can't wait to play the songs off of their latest album, 'Sinners Never Sleep', at festivals as they've been "the fan favourites on the tour". He also, excitedly, talked about You Me At Six's massive Download festival slot on June 9.

He said:

It'll be the first time we've ever played after dark at a festival. That'll be a different kind of experience. To be one of the headliners playing Download is going to be surreal.

But before he could get carried away, Flint quickly reeled himself back in: "It's one of those things. We don't want to get too excited about it, as we don't want it to be not as good as we expect it to be. But I think on the day, it's going be absolutely amazing."

You Me At Six will also be playing fourth from the top on the main stage at Reading and Leeds festival on August 24 and 25, respectively. Flint revealed that the band would play Reading and Leeds every year if they could, as it's their "favourite festival to play".

Last week, You Me At Six released their new single 'The Swarm', scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen to the track. The track, which was released as a single on Sunday (March 18), has been written as the soundtrack to a new Thorpe Park rollercoaster, also called The Swarm.

On the new track, guitarist Max Helyer said: "It's basically about the end of the world and the ride is full of near misses and loads of near hits. Thorpe Park told us it was going to be very scary, so we decided we'd rock it up a little bit more, make it a bit more heavier and a bit hairier."

The band recorded the track with Foo Fighters/Pixies producer Gil Norton and Helyer also revealed that the band had begun working on new material during the sessions for 'The Swarm'.

To check the availability of Download Festival 2012 tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.



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