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Pat Kane, one half of the brotherly pop duo Hue & Cry, calls for less ostrich and more green power at festivals ahead of their performance at Grassington Festival’s opening night (17 June).

Tell us what you have been up to since last summer?
We have been recording our ballad album – lots of beautiful, romantic, stirring, brand new songs.

How would you describe your sound?
We are acoustic and intense, often funny, hopefully melodic and moving.

What are you most looking forward to about performing at Grassington Festival?
Switching on the electricity from its new hydro-electric generator at Linton Falls. I’m very green – love hydropower!

Who would you most like to see at this year’s Grassington Festival?
Always a fan of Ruby Turner – great that she’s playing.

If you could curate your own festival what would the line-up look like with artists dead or alive?
Unfortunately it would be Prince – so sadly departed – Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Tom Waits, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Oscar Peterson, Sly and the Family Stone, David Bowie, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Kurt Elling, Earth Wind And Fire.

What’s your best festival memory?
I don’t really do festivals as a spectator. But we did support Van Morrison once in the middle of a forest, and it was brilliant to listen to him do his stuff surrounded by giant pines.

Apart from music, what should the ideal festival have?
Buffalo burgers. Not ostrich burgers.

Antonia Charlesworth

Hue and Cry’s album September Songs is out now

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