5 things you need to know about Fickle Friends – the bouncy pop prodigies currently tearing up festival season

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Stroll past any fit-to-burst festival tent in the last couple of years, and you’ll surely have heard the sugar-rush pop of Fickle Friends. A whole-hearted embrace of 80s excess and day-glo aesthetic, the five-piece use their instantly infectious pop to inject some politics into the pop world – campaigning for everything from veganism, to reducing plastic consumption, and championing female figures in the music industry along the way, they’re catchy with a conscientious core.

With debut album ‘You Are Someone Else’, their synth-laced spirit hit the Top 10 in the UK Albums Chart, and made good on all the promise their early-days, sweatbox shows exhibited. Now primed for bigger stages and gathering a frenzied following, what better time to get acquainted?

We sat down with vocalist Natti Shiner, bassist Harry Herrington and drummer Sam Morris, to get the lowdown on their top five Fickle Friends facts.

They never use their real names

“We don’t actually call ourselves by our real names ever,” Natassja admits, “We all have nicknames that have grown into other nicknames.” Must get fairly confusing in the tour bus, we’d imagine.

Their old touring vehicle was named after Susan Boyle

“We used to tour in a car called SuBo, which was a Ford Galaxy,” explains Natassja of their less-than-glamorous beginnings. “We had a roof box! We thought it was all cool and no-one would ever see it…” But, sadly for Fickle Friends, they did. “The illusion is shattered!”

They’re (almost) all vegan

With the exception of keyboardist Jack Wilson and guitarist Chris Hall, they’re all plant-based. Their favourite festival food for fellow vegans to go hunt down? Natti shouts out Brighton-based ‘sushi burrito’ peddlers Happy Maki, while Harry and Sam are partial to the tex-mex stylings of Club Mexicana.

In the early days, they got a ‘Christmas bonus’

“Back when we were hustling hard, all the money we made from shows went back into the band to make t-shirts, and pay for the petrol money,” Sam explains, “so we didn’t make much money – we essentially broke even for three years. So we got to Christmas time, and we’d earn a little bit of extra money. I was like, ‘Ooh, bank account’s looking OK! We had £500 extra – £100 each! Christmas bonus! For three years of work…” What did they spend it on? Christmas presents for their family. How sweet.

They’re starting their own record label

Details are top secret at the moment but “it’s gonna be sick”, Natassja promises. So if you want advice from Fickle Friends (and a potential Christmas bonus), go track them down with your demo tape.