Frontman Yannis Philippakis criticises festivals that book heritage acts every year
Yannis Philippakis of Foals has said that he is “bored” with seeing the same bands and artists headline festivals every year, saying they aren’t in touch with what is going on in the present day.
Speaking to The Daily Star on the day it was revealed that Foals will headline Latitude this year alongside Bloc Party and Kraftwerk, Philippakis described the small group of bands who repeatedly headline festivals in the UK as a “big problem”, saying: “There’s a big problem with old bands who always occupy the top slots at festivals. More heritage names reform every year, which only makes it worse. It really limits bands of our generation. We don’t get a fair chance to headline, because the slots are reserved for the same old names.”
Philippakis went on to say: “You get people in their late 30s going to festivals, in their dungarees with a couple of kids, wanting to relive their adolescence, pretending they’re baggy again by watching The Stone Roses. They aren’t in touch with what’s going on now. I’m bored of seeing some dude from the ’90s headline, it means nothing to me.”
Foals will headline the third and final day of Latitude Festival, which runs between July 19-21 at Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk. Bloc Party will headline the Obelisk Main Stage on the Friday, supporting the release of their fourth album ‘4’. In a coup for the festival, Kraftwerk will headline Saturday while Sunday will see the debut major festival headline set from Foals, who recently released their acclaimed third album ‘Holy Fire’.
The BBC 6Music Stage will be headlined over the respective three days by Modest Mouse, Alt-J and Beach House. Other acts to appear across the weekend include The Maccabees, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cat Power, Yo La Tengo, Willy Mason, Beth Orton, Villagers, Calexico, Daughter, Mark Lanegan, White Denim, Jessie Ware, James Blake, Swim Deep Chvrches and Laura Mvula.