The Hives to let gorillas pick set for Zoo festival

Band say they're scared animals will riot if they don't play 'right songs'

The Hives are set to headline Zoo-themed festival Zoo Thousand and Eight.

Taking place at the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park between July 4 and 6, the band will play the festival, which will also see performances from Gallows and Ash.

Speaking to NME.COM, The Hives‘ singer Pelle Almqvist said he was letting the zoo’s animals influence his choice of setlist for the gig.


“We’re a bit scared that the gorillas will start a riot if we don’t play the right songs,” he explained. “We’ve never played a zoo before you know? Once we played at a festival in (hometown of) Fagersta in a field and their were cows there. Did they like our music? Well cows are pretty chilled out generally aren’t they? So yes, I think so.”

Almqvist said that although she thought it was fine for some of the bigger animals to listen to their set, it didn’t seem right on the smaller ones. He said: “I don’t think it’s fair on the small birds – they’ll be pulverised by our sound.”

The band are also looking forward to playing on the same bill as Ash.

“Last time we played a festival together we had a wrestling match together and we ended up grappling them with a chair,” explained the singer. “I think we are ready for a re-match – I’m ready.”

The line-up is:

July 4


ZOO8 Main Stage:

Mark Ronson and the Version Players

Dizzee Rascal

Little Man Tate


The Rumble Strips

Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip

Nick Harrison

Marner Brown

Tap ‘N’ Tin stage:


Lethal Bizzle

F***ed Up

I Was A Cub Scout



Fighting With Wire

Slaves To Gravity

Mystery Jets (DJ set)

Mexico Fallz

Devious / Pukka Up stage:

Bloc Party (DJ set)


Body Rox

Vula (Bassment Jaxx)

Seb Fontaine

Stretch Silvester

Jason Bye

Abigail Bailey

Rob Wilder

Kev Harris

Suburban Kings stage:

Lupen Crook

Inner City Pirates Brigade

Enjoy Destroy

Furthest Drive Home

Six Nation State

New 1920s

Devils Gun


Lights Action

July 5

ZOO8 Main Stage:

The Cribs


British Sea Power

Roni Size/Reprazent


The Rascals

Minus the Bear

Frank Turner

Underground Heroes

Jacobs Stories

Tap ‘N’ Tin stage:

The Young Knives


The Cazals

Kid Harpoon

Chas N Dave

Mitchell Brothers

Cage The Elephant

Newham Generals

Inner City Dwellers

Sam Isaac

Unsigned Heroes

Breakology & stage:

Pendulum (90 min DJ set)

Andy C (2 hour DJ set)


Goldie (90 min set)


Jungle Drummer & Fu (Live)

Hazard & Sly


Alix Perez

Dice & Ruffstuff

Star C & Bad Influence


GQ – Eskman – Verse – Bassman – Fun –

Five O – Rage – Harry Shotta – Spinout

Suburban Kings stage:

Marner Brown


The Vivians

Long Weekend


Lucky Soul


The Godwits

Sportsday Megaphone

Letters From London

Smoke Fairies

The Molotovs

I Haunt Wizards

July 6

ZOO8 Main Stage:

The Hives


Funeral For A Friend

Flogging Molly

Does It Offend You, Yeah?

Friendly Fires

Ida Maria

In Case Of Fire


Tap ‘N’ Tin stage:

The Holloways

Late of the Pier

Charlotte Hatherley

Pete & the Pirates


The Metroes

Johnny Foreigner


Elle S’Appelle

Sunny Day Sets Fire

Fat! stage:



Stanton Warriors

Evil Nine

Mickey Slim

Baobinga & I.D.

Kid Blue

Hana Holand

Small Fry


Suburban Kings stage:

Underground Heroes

Black Cherry

Wild Beasts

Lo Fi Culture Scene

The Godwits

Young Soul Rebels

The Hot Melts


The Xcerts

The Steers

The Clik Clik

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