Folk poppers Red Sky July, scheduled to play Cornbury Music Festival (8-10 July), reveal their admiration for Prince, the Doors and Simon and Garfunkel.
How would you describe your sound?
A bit of folk, lots of Americana, a bit of country and a bit of pop.
Tell us what you’ve been up to since last summer?
Since last summer we’ve been holed away in Studio 177 in London, writing and recording our third album The Truth And The Lie, which has just been released. We also did a few photo shoots and three videos for the new tracks on the album.
What festivals are you playing this year?
We are playing Cornbury Festival and a couple of open air shows with Jools Holland – Montrose Music Festival and Somerset Rocks in Taunton.
Who else are you excited to see at the festivals?
Definitely Bryan Ferry, and also Turin Breaks, I like their new stuff.
I’d also have a whole festival just for Simon and Garfunkel. They don’t need anyone else!
If you could curate your own festival what would the line-up look like with artists dead or alive?
I’d have Prince headlining the first night, with The Doors doing the whole of that day. Then the second day would be country with Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. The final day would have Punch Brothers, Phoenix, Phosphorescent, Bonny Prince Billy and Fleet Foxes. I’d also have a whole festival just for Simon and Garfunkel. They don’t need anyone else!
What’s your best festival memory?
Seeing Kraftwerk and playing T in the Park. Also, seeing REM at Rock Werchter in Belgium.
What’s in your festival survival kit?
Wellies, waterproofs and tangerines.
Apart from music, what should the ideal festival have?
Good food, indoor areas and lots of people serving so no long queues. And of course, clean toilets and lots of them.