With vast experience and an eclectic taste, The Wonder Stuff treat us to some wondrous answers, highlighting their Gigantic Festival 2016 (28 May) headline slot as a passionate performance to come.
Tell us what you’ve been up to since last summer?
I was writing our latest album this time last year. By October we had gotten ourselves into a studio in Stourbridge, the birth place of the band, and by January this year we had our eighth studio album, 30 Goes Around The Sun, in the can. We toured in March and April this year, 19 March being the band’s 30th anniversary since our first rehearsal in 1986, taking in the UK and Japan along the way.
How would you describe your sound?
I wouldn’t, as that’s not my job. Ask a journalist.
You’re set to play Gigantic Festival 2016. What can we expect?
We’ll be mixing up a set of songs that touches on every one of our albums, and we’ll be knocking them out with a fire in our bellies.
Who else are you excited to see at Gigantic?
Definitely House Of Love. I can’t remember the last time I saw them play – such a great band, wonderful, wonderful songs.
If you could curate your own festival what would the line-up look like, with artists dead or alive?
In no particular order: Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Faith No More, Mike Doughty, Rickie Lee Jones, The Jam, Magazine, Steel Pulse and Joni Mitchell.
What’s your best festival memory?
Getting out of Glastonbury in 1989.
What’s in your festival survival kit?
A sixteen bunk tour bus.
Apart from music, what should the ideal festival have?
Great and varied foods. The Goan Fish Curry Company are always a welcome sight.
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