Foals frontman on band’s future: ‘I don’t think it’ll go on forever. I don’t think it can’

Yannis Philippakis speaks ahead of the band's biggest gig to date at Wembley Arena tonight

Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis has said that he doesn’t expect the band to continue forever, stating that things have already carried on far longer than he and his bandmates expected.

Foals will perform at the NME Awards with Austin, Texas tomorrow night and will headline a gig at London’s Wembley Arena tonight (February 15). Speaking to Time Out, Philippakis was asked how much longer he expects the band to continue and is he can imagine them splitting in the future.

In response, he said: “I don’t think it’ll go on forever. I don’t think it can. I’m not thinking about it right now because we all just get on really well and we’re having a blast. But it’s already been going on far longer than I expected it to.”


On the subject of the Wembley gig, the frontman added: “It’s going to be a landmark for us. We’ve been playing bigger and bigger venues and this is just the next step. When you play a show there, it’s something that can’t be taken away from you.”

Meanwhile, Philippakis praised the increasing diversity in Foals’ audience. “It’s just got a lot broader,” he said. “In the early days, the crowds were very young, very hip. And now there are 65-year olds at the shows. I like the fact that we can write songs that appeal to diferent types of people. I’m not really interested in just writing for the kids that shop at Urban Outfitters.”

Foals arena tour continues throughout February. They will play:

London, The SSE Arena, Wembley (February 16)
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (19)
Leeds, First Direct Arena (20)