SUPER MASSIVE ROCK SHOW!
YOU’VE READ ALL ABOUT MARMOZETS’ RETURN AND WHILE SHE SLEEPS’ REMARKABLE JOURNEY TO READING & LEEDS – BUT THERE’S A WHOLE WORLD OF OTHER EPIC PERFORMANCES TO ROCK THE BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND. FROM MUSE TO PVRIS, VIA NECK DEEP, YOU ME AT SIX AND THE AMITY AFF
1 THE FULL-BLOWN MUSE SPECTACLE we’ve seen The epic progrockers bring ballerinas, ufos, drones and more To The stage – and The fun isn’t set To stop… HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE PROSPECT OF HEADLINING R&L AGAIN? MATT BELLAMY (VOCALS/
GUITAR): “We’re very excited to do it, as it will be our only big show in the whole of Europe this year.we’ve always had great memories of that festival.we’d go there as teenagers a lot. I saw Jeff Buckley, Smashing Pumpkins and Rage Against The Machine there in the ’90s. Reading was always a great festival to go and see influential artists.”
WHAT ARE YOUR ENDURING MEMORIES OF R&L?
“The first time we headlined the second stage we were playing at the same time as Oasis, so we were worried about having no audience.we ended up having a big crowd, and there were some people chanting ‘Fuck Oasis!’ – which was rude but kind of funny.”
YOU’RE PLAYING AFTER LIAM GALLAGHER THIS YEAR. HE FAMOUSLY HAD HIS JACKETS STOLEN AT GLASTONBURY. WHAT BIT OF STAGE-WEAR COULD YOU NOT DO WITHOUT?
“I’d be most upset if someone stole my video glasses I usually wear during the song Madness.all of the words to the song are on the video screens on them, so I’d be really pissed if someone stole them, as they’re the only pair that exists in the world.they cost about £10,000 and took six months to make.”
YOU’RE KNOWN FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE STAGE SHOW, SO WHAT CAN WE EXPECT THIS TIME AROUND?
“There’s going to be some fun stuff.we’re hoping to get a really exciting special guest to perform with us. We’ll probably play at least one new song… Well, it’s a song called Dig Down that’s been out for a little while. And to contrast that we’ll probably play a very old song we haven’t done in a long time.we’re hoping, musically, to put two or three big surprises in there.visuals-wise, we’ll be doing some pretty spectacular fireworks.”
HOW’S IT BEEN TOURING WITH 30 SECONDS TO MARS AND PVRIS OF LATE?
“Both bands are really cool and great live performers. It almost feels like a mini festival; it doesn’t really feel like support acts because every band is getting great responses from the crowd.the tour has been really good fun because it’s the first time we’ve really done an expensive outdoor U.S. summer tour.”
HOW IS WORK GOING ON THE NEW ALBUM?
“It’s still very early days.there are probably only about two or three songs that we’re in the process of working on, and then there’s another three of four that we’re going to start working on either at the end of this year or early next year.what’s interesting about the songs we’re working on is that we’re chipping away at them whilst being on the road, and it’s been a long time since we’ve done that. Looking back to the early days of the band we realised we’d made some [albums] in between tours, and when you do that it can change your perspective on what you’re doing, because you’re more influenced by what you’re doing onstage.”
WHAT ELSE ARE YOU DOING DIFFERENTLY?
“We’re going to be using lots of producers rather than just one, so we can explore lots of different sounds.and for the first time, we’re going to be looking at doing some collaborations with other artists. I haven’t got any ideas who yet, but I know we’re interested in doing it…” main stage; L: FRIDAY, 9:25Pm; R: sunday, 9:55Pm