2016 has been consumed by putting out their debut album and now Will Ritson, one half of brotherly duo Formation, tells Big Issue North they’re ready for a summer of festivals. They play Beat Herder, 15-17 July.
How would you describe your sound?
Eccentric pop music, backed with powerful grooves.
Tell us what you’ve been up to since last summer?
We hit the studio at the start of the year to record our debut album, which has taken up most of our time so far for 2016.
What festivals are you playing this year?
A lot! Field Day, Parklife, Secret Garden Party, Beat Herder, Lovebox, Tramlines – the list goes on. Hopefully we can make it to Glasto too!
Who else are you excited to see at the festivals?
I’d like to try and catch Spring King. Such a good band, their new single is on repeat at the moment. Of course the return of LCD Soundsystem is a big deal for us too.
If you could curate your own festival with artists dead or alive what would the line-up look like?
It would have to feature some of the greats and some current artists too. Can you imagine John Coltrane, Nine Inch Nails and Queen on the same bill? That would be something.
What’s your best festival memory?
My most recent festival memory is going nuts during Skepta’s set at Lowlands. We were in the press pit at the front absolutely going for it.
What’s in your festival survival kit?
A good pillow and my camera.
Apart from music, what should the ideal festival have?
Good food that’s not overpriced. Paying £10 for an awful bit of meat in an “artisanal” bit of bread is the typical rip-off.