Elbow’s Guy Garvey: ‘I can’t go onstage without drinking beer’

Singer says playing gigs wouldn't be the same sober

Elbow‘s Guy Garvey has insisted that he cannot go onstage without consuming alcohol.

The frontman said drinking beer helps him relax and improves his performance onstage. He told The Times:

We enjoy drinking. It’s hand in hand with music. We’ve done only one gig without drink. It didn’t work. Everyone in the audience was happy but (we weren’t).

“It relaxes you, but obviously you’ve got to measure it. If I went on stage without a drink, the sound of my voice would be different. Whether you’re playing to 350 people or 180,000, you get this huge rush of adrenaline.


He added: “It gives me a waver in my voice and drink counteracts that. But the whole ethos of the band is that it’s got to be fun, and the one rule is if it stops being fun, that’s when we stop doing it.”

The band have launched their own charity beer and are donating all proceeds to Oxfam.

Elbow are set to perform at the Mencap Little Noise Sessions next month alongside Marina And The Diamonds, Goldfrapp and Sinead O’Connor.