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Indie duo Jack Adaptor, playing the Gigantic Indie All-Dayer in Manchester on 28 May, have some intriguing combinations of dead and alive artists on their ideal festival line-up.

Tell us what you’ve been up to since last summer? 

Mainly putting together our seventh, eighth and ninth LPs despite our studio space being replaced by luxury flats. We played the Shiiine Weekender and the odd special guest appearance in London. Cordoba has recorded his next solo LP Holigost and PF has been finalising an assault on the London poetry scene.

How would you describe your sound?
A fresh, experienced approach to grown-up rock.

You’re set to play Gigantic Festival 2016. What can we expect?
An excellent rider, some new songs and a brace of Watsons. We are on first on the main stage so we’ll be welcoming people in.

Who else are you excited to see at Gigantic?
Really looking forward to the House of Love, who are one of the UK’s great lost rock bands – they should have been U2 instead of U2. Also, Cud. who are nice men. and the Wonder Stuff so we can say hello to Miles. I think I owe him a drink.

If you could curate your own festival what would the line-up look like with artists dead or alive?
Some interesting combinations: John Coltrane with Kendrick Lamarr, Lou Reed with Parquet Courts, Serge Gainsbourg with The Heliocentrics.

What’s your best festival memory?
The formative and relatively innocent. I remember being quite excited at seeing Afghan Whigs at the main stage at Reading just as the sun was going down in the early nineties. Also, playing in the flood at Glasto one year. Mud had overtaken the stage we were on and got in to all the equipment.

What’s in your festival survival kit?
A boiler suit, woolly hat and a bottle of Lagavulin.

Apart from music, what should the ideal festival have?
A conscience and the creativity to deliver a unique experience.

Antonia Charlesworth

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