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Summer Sundae interview: Blood Red Shoes

13th July 2011

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Blood Red ShoesWhat three things should you always remember to take to a festival?

Your ears, your balls, and enough intoxicants (whatever your preference is) to slay a forest full of wild horses. I mean balls in a metaphorical sense of course, for example my band-mate Laura-Mary has way more balls than I do.

What's your top tip for when the inevitable rain starts to fall?

Dress entirely in rubber.

How do you suggest festival goers save money while on site?

Steal from the Tory douche bags in the VIP "orange zone"

If you’re going to take an iPod and speakers, what should be on the playlist?

Strictly party anthems. No-one needs to listen to Nick Drake at a festival. You need music to get you powering through the knee-deep-in-mud-and-shit-unwashed-hungover-sleep-deprived-mouldy mess you've got yourself into..... things like the Bronx, Black Sabbath, Queens Of The Stone Age, Nirvana, Pixies, Rolling Stones, Hole, maybe something like Funkadelic to get you moving really late into the next morning, and Tame Impala for a bit of dawn-break campfire smoke ups.

What's the worst thing that's ever happened to you at a festival?

Meeting Davina McCall once at Glastonbury.

What's the best thing that's ever happened to you at a festival?  

Probably just getting to play our first Reading festival, in 2007, which was a teenage dream come true. The fact we got a good crowd at 1pm, and that people actually gave a shit, was the icing on the cake.

Who would your three dream headliners at a festival?  

PJ Harvey, Queens of the Stone Age and the "Rumours" line-up Fleetwood Mac.

Why is Britain obsessed with festivals? 

Isn't the whole world into festivals? The idea of mass celebration, of coming together into a ritualistic mass of people is as old as Stonehenge isn't it? Music has always had a part in that. All people aspire to a oneness of some kind, whatever kind of religion you like to call it.

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