Festival Countdown – Which Act Are You Most Looking Forward To?

In honour of this week’s festival preview issue of the mag, we quiz musicians on the acts they can’t wait to see live this summer

Richard Hawley
We’re playing that Welbeck one and doing Latitude, and Primavera is always great. A lot of the things I’d like to see are on different days though which is frustrating. Paul Weller and Elbow are playing at Latitude and that’ll be fun – the backstage camaraderie with them is always great.
Richard Hawley plays No Direction Home (Jun 8-10), Mouth Of The Tyne (Jul 13), Latitude (Jul 12-15)

Ed Macfarlane, Friendly Fires
Im particularly looking forward to Sonar – that’s one i’ve always wanted to go to as a punter so to be asked to play that is really cool. The thing I like is that during the day there’s weird avant garde electronic music and then at night it gets more danceable. I always felt with ATP there was great interesting music during the day but it gets to midnight and there’s nothing to do, so it’s good they do that.
Friendly Fires play Rockness (Jun 8-10), Lovebox (Jun 16), Beach Break Live (Jun 14-18), Global Gathering (Jul 27-29), V Festival (Aug 17-19), Bestival (Sep 6-9)

Lee Spielman, Trash Talk
I’m really hyped to see Foo Fighters. [Trash Talk] all have the weirdest taste in music so we probably won’t all see the same bands though. I saw Foo Fighters when they did their record release at this little secret show in Santa Barbara with The Bronx. There were about 300 people; it was fucking tight.
Trash Talk play Reading & Leeds (Aug 24-26)

Justin Hawkins, The Darkness
T in the Park will be a lot of fun – the crowd’s mental so it’s a great day out. There’s something about that festival that’s got some magic. We’re playing Isle of Wight as well, which is beautiful. It’s so pretty there; it has a different vibe. T in the Park is mental and Isle of Wight is pretty – they’re the two extremes of the festival world.
The Darkness play Isle Of Wight (Jun 21-24), T In The Park (Jul 5-8)

Frank Turner
I’m going to Norway and Spain which will be exciting but I’m really looking forwards to Beautiful Days festival, it’s small and friendly and I’m headlining, which is nice. There are so many people I know in bands that are gonna be there so there’s lots of opportunity for guest spots.
Frank Turner plays T In The Park (Jul 5-8), V Festival (Aug 17-19), Beautiful Days (Aug 17-19)

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