Reading & Leeds Festival kicks off this Friday, headlined by The Libertines, Mumford & Sons and Metallica. Against Me!, PVRIS, Bring Me The Horizon, Drenge and current Upset cover stars, FIDLAR will also play amongst a heap of others – including Lonely the Brave.
“Reading is the festival I have been to the most times,” says the band’s bassist, Andrew “Bush” Bushnen. “I went straight after I left school and didn’t miss a year for over a decade. Some of the most incredible live music experiences of my life happened there and it’s always tons of fun.
“We have been fortunate enough to play the last two years and Leeds is awesome as well, the fact you get to play twice is a huge bonus.”
“Can’t say that I remember a lot about the first time I went,” he continues, “the memories get a bit confused over time and they were a bit hazy to start with! The one that stands out was a few years ago when I saw Queens of the Stone Age for the first time and got together with my now wife. It’s always nice to look back at old photos from festivals to refresh the memory a bit, some of the haircuts would be best forgotten though…”
And as for the band’s set this year? “We have been looking very hard at our set list and trying to gauge which songs people want to hear, always important to get that right at shows like these. We don’t go in for a lot of whistles and bells with our live shows, and it’s a bit early for fireworks! I will just be happy to play stages that have graced the most legendary names in music.”
“Amongst our Reading and Leeds rehearsals we have been writing material for our second album [the follow-up to 2014’s ‘The Day’s War’],” Bush reveals, of their plans after the event, “so we will be continuing with that in the immediate future.
“We have some European shows booked for November with more dates to be announced soon, looking forward to getting out on tour again. I’m not sure exactly when we will go in to record the next record but hopefully it will be towards the end of the year, very excited about getting the new material out there!”
Reading Festival 2015 has now completely sold out, with the last few weekend tickets snapped up a few days ago. Tickets for Leeds Festival are still available. Read more about Reading & Leeds in the September issue of Upset.