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CALM Festival Guide Part 2

In Part 1 of our guide we caught up with some top DJ’s, music mags and record labels. This time we spoke to some of our favourite artists to find out which festivals to go to, which bands to see, and their biggest balls-ups.

We’ll be at some of the summer’s best bashes, spreading the CALM word and raising awareness of the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK: suicide. We’ve already been to Field Day and collated a whole bunch of amazing Torch Songs into a glorious banger-packed Spotify Playlist, and we’ve got Lovebox, Citadel, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness and Shuffle in the diary too.

Who: Frank Turner
Which festivals are you looking forward to this summer?
I’ve got a good spread this summer. Beautiful Days stands out, that’s always a wonderful stop. Also Hurricane & Southside in Germany.
Which artists will you be catching?
When you’re playing festivals you don’t always get to see many of the other bands, what with the work schedule and often only being there for one day. That said, I’m looking forward to seeing Rancid in Germany, and the line-up for Kendal Calling is insanely good this year.
Worst festival balls-up?
I once had an altercation onstage at a festival in Cornwall. Some hippy guy got up onstage – the security were missing in action – and started dancing and messing around with our equipment. I tried to get him off and it basically devolved into a fight, with my band jumping in to help me out. It wasn’t particularly graceful.

Who: Robin Richards, Dutch Uncles
Which festivals are you looking forward to this summer?
Really looking forward to playing Glastonbury in particular. A slot at the festival has eluded us for our 9 years as a band so it is somewhat a bucket list moment to head down to Worthy Farm for the first time to play it! We’re also really looking forward to Boardmasters and True North festival as they will be our first ever gigs in Newquay and Aberdeen respectively.
Which artists will you be catching?
Although we’re only at Glastonbury for two nights, we are going to be able to catch Radiohead’s set before we hit the road straight away to head up to Hull for the City of Culture festival with Flaming Lips. We’ll probably catch Jamiroquai at Boardmasters too…
Worst festival balls-up?
At Reading in 2011 we arrived the night before our set to catch The Strokes and Pulp. We got horrifically drunk, not really thinking about our midday stage time the following day. The following morning we woke up in our tent covered in a mysterious liquid, feeling like death. A few vomits before stage and I didn’t feel quite ready to rock. The gig itself was actually okay, but the journey home was interrupted by more voms. A difficult day.

Dutch Uncles’ new album Big Balloon is out now on Memphis Industries.

Who: Flyte
Which festivals are you looking forward to this summer?
Latitude for the music and Festival No.6 for the view.
Which artists will you be catching?
Fleet Foxes are back with a vengeance, can’t wait to see them at Latitude. Also we caught The Lemon Twigs at our local venue – the Moth Club – early last year and now they’re blowing up, well excited to see how they’ve progressed.
Worst festival balls-up?
Fell in love with a girl, forgot to take her number and never saw her again.

Flyte’s debut album The Loved Ones is out in September on Island Records & they’re headlining Scala on September 19.

Who: Poppy Hankin, Girl Ray
Which festivals are you looking forward to this summer?
The festivals I’m most looking forward to are Glastonbury and End of the Road. We went to End of the Road last year and it was so fun, deffo one of the best festivals I’ve ever been to.
Which artists will you be catching?
Solange, Katy Perry, Father John Misty, Duds, H Hawkline, The Shins, Lambchop, The Big Moon plus a load more.
Worst festival balls-up?
Sophie’s bass breaking at 6 Music Fest in Glasgow for what seemed like ages. Had to improvise and play George Michael. Stressy times.

Girl Ray’s debut album will be released in August on Moshi Moshi.

Who: Luke Lount, songwriter in Polo
Which festivals are you looking forward to this summer?
Latitude festival. The second you walk in you’re free, no internet, no pressures, no worries. Plus you can have a swim in the lake, which is lovely.
Which artist will you be catching?
Glass Animals, Baaba Maal, Sylvan Esso
Worst festival balls-up?
Bringing a tent that didn’t have the inner lining to Leeds Festival 2009. It was just the outer shell. I still don’t know who packed it like that, but luckily I had some understanding friends…

Polo’s debut EP Alice is out now on AWAL.

Who: Tom Skyrme, Swim Mountain
Which festivals are you looking forward to this summer?
I went to Coachella to see my buddy Tourist play a great set this year and I almost melted in the 40 degree heat. Really beautiful looking festival though. Apart from that, I missed Field Day but wish I’d seen Aphex Twin.
Which artists will you be catching?
I’ve never seen Phoenix live but would love to. I’d like to catch Mac DeMarco too after seeing a clip of him standing on a speaker, in his underpants, burning his armpit hairs, that’s my kind of party.
Worst festival balls-up?
When I was 15 my mates and I went to our first big festival and I parked my tent next to a hedge, which I then learnt is where everyone urinates. The sound of rain helps me sleep so wasn’t a complete loss.

Swim Mountain’s Anyone EP is out now on Monday Records.

Who: Andrew Hodson from WARM DIGITS

Which festivals are you looking forward to this summer?
Greenman. A great line up and a really cool festival.

Which artists will you be catching?
PJ Harvey. She is one of the most important musicians around at the moment. Also later in the year we are also playing with The Lovely Eggs who are brilliant and we are really looking forward to seeing them. Richard Dawson is playing Greenman as well and his new album is brill so we are not going to miss that.

Worst festival balls up?
Oh god…. there’s a few. But my first festival was the phoenix festival in 1996 which I think had possible the best line up ever! David Bowie, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Bjork, Massive Attack, Broadcast, Stereolab, The Cocteau Twins, The Dirty Three, The Fall, The Sex Pistols to name a few. However I was burgled the first night and they stole everything and I mean everything and then there was no phones. I had to sleep in the dance tent listening to Leftfield with the bass lulling me to sleep. I got heat stroke and developed a really bad skin disorder. Still had the best time of my life.

Keep an eye out for CALM at festivals this summer, and be sure to let us know what your Torch Song is via #WhatsYourTorchSong so that we can add it to our Torch Songs: Festival Picks 2017 playlist.

There will be a whole lot more talk of balls-ups (and balls in general, actually) in the forthcoming issue of CALMzine – more info on that shortly. 

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