Festival Q&A:
Justin Currie

The Scottish singer-songwriter and founding member of Del Amitri packs his helicopter light for festivals. He plays Northern Roots Festival in Inverness (23-24 June)

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Who else are you excited to see?
I will arrive by helicopter 10 minutes before my slot and tunnel my way out straight after. Are Iron Maiden playing? I don’t like them.

What’s your best festival memory?

Loch Lomond Rock Festival 1979. Watching all the Stranglers fans’ green vegetable hair dye run down their faces and necks as the rain came down during the godawful UK Subs. I think someone got eaten by a bear. And Radio Clyde’s Mr Superbad got hit square in the face by one of his own platform shoes after he’d generously thrown them into the crowd for a lark.

What are your festival essentials?

Shoes. Trousers. Shirt. Helicopter.

How does playing a festival differ from playing your own gig?

That’s a little like asking how does keyhole surgery compare to being blasted with shit and shrapnel from a blunderbuss at three paces. Looking on the positive side? Well, at a festival at least there’s something to do while you’re waiting for the drugs to turn up.

What’s your favourite part of playing a festival?

Getting the hell out of there with the cash and as many corned beef sandwiches as we can carry.

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