Are they something you enjoy attending as well as performing at?
It’s always something of an education watching how other bands handle themselves in the festival environment, in both negative and positive ways, but mostly I just love the atmosphere.
What is the strangest experience you have had at a festival you performed at?
We played a festival in Folkestone where the stage area hadn’t been built properly and it was coming apart. It was also raining very heavily. The rain was falling on to the stage and all the equipment as the roof cover was coming off the scaffolding above us. We had puddles on stage, amps blowing up and keyboards going down – just a nightmare.
If there was any festival in the world you could perform at which one would it be?
Coachella in America has for a long time been a festival I have wanted to play at. We were invited to play there this year but the volcano in Iceland ruined that. It has an amazingly diverse mix of music, huge receptive crowds and an incredible setting. Next year, hopefully.
What electronic act would be your top pick for a headliner at a festival?
The Prodigy. I’ve never been to a Prodigy gig that was anything less than stunning and the perfect music to end a festival. They are aggressive, powerful and relentless. Perfect festival fodder.
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What is your earliest memory of music festivals?