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Manchester three-piece Twisted Dolls’ Luke Thornton talks about their ideal festival, complete with Pot Noodle, ahead of their set at Rochdale’s Feel Good Festival

How would you describe your sound?
At our heart, we’re a genuine rock ‘n’ roll band, I’d say, in love with the sounds of the 1960s and 1970s – with some real blues influences going in, too, and a shade of glam rock to the live performances to finish it all off.

Tell us what you’ve been up to since last summer?
The band has really come together in the last year. I met Grace (our drummer) last summer, and we met Jess (Bass) in January of this year. The three of us have been none stop since then, playing live shows, and we’ve just put out our own single, Electrify, in June.

What can we expect from your set at Feel Good Festival this year?
We’ve been planning what we’re going to play ever since we were asked. It’ll be a really energetic rock ‘n’ roll set, with lots of catchy songs that we’ve worked really hard on – something for everybody, I hope.

If you could curate your own festival what would the line-up look like with artists dead or alive?
That’s a good one. Taking an artist that each of us really digs, I’d say – Led Zeppelin, Joy Division and Jimi Hendrix.

Who else are you excited to see at the Feel Good Festival?
The Bright Black are another local Manchester band that were announced at the same time we were. I think we’ll really dig their set.

What’s your best festival memory?
I’d probably say Leeds Festival ’09. Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon and Radiohead all headlined, and it was so sunny! A great weekend of music with friends.

What’s in your festival survival kit?
A couple of hip flasks, Pot Noodles, and a lot of hairspray.

Apart from music, what should the ideal festival have?
A great atmosphere, I think, where there’s just a great vibe about it, no matter what crowd you’re in. People would just be digging the live music and enjoying the moment.

Antonia Charlesworth

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