Frontman Matt ‘Murph’ Murphy was speaking to NME at last weekend’s Lowlands Festival, when he suggested that their could be some surprises in store for their main stage appearance.
“Maybe we have special stuff planned for Reading & Leeds,” Murphy told NME. “I’d be spoiling something [to say], because I don’t know if it’s definitely happening so we’ll see.”
Many fans might be hoping for a surprise duet with rising Norwegian singer DAGNY – who collaborated with the band on their recent track ‘Turn’.
“I think we reached out to her and said ‘Yes’, then we recorded it in Oslo,” said Murphy of how the track came to be. “She’s got a great voice and I’ve always wanted to do a collaboration with a female artist because it just changes the whole dynamic of a song. I’m glad that this one came off.
“I’d love to [work with her again], but I haven’t thought about it yet.”
Asked about the other new band that he recently formed, Murphy added: “There’s not really too much to say about that yet. We’re just kind of finalising how it’s all going to work. We’ve got like 25 songs. I’m keeping very busy – too busy, maybe.”
Speaking to NME earlier this year about his other project, Murph said: “There were some songs left over from [The Wombats’ new album] that we didn’t use and I was like, ‘They’re really good, they should see the light of day somehow.’ But since then there’s been a load more and they’ve been parked, but we’ll see what happens.”
Murphy also revealed that The Wombats will be heading into the studio for their fifth album “early next year”. While he didn’t specify the direction of the new record, he did talk about the writing process.
Reading & Leeds Festival 2018 is set to kick off tomorrow for early-campers, welcoming headlining sets from the likes of Fall Out Boy, Kendrick Lamar, Panic! At The Disco and Kings of Leon. Check out the full weather forecast for the weekend here.
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