Festival Q&A:
Nev Cottee

The gravel-voiced Mancunian has a new album, Broken Flowers, and he's heading to Cotton Clouds festival in Saddleworth, 12 Aug

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Who else are you excited to see at Cotton Clouds Festival this year?
The Sugarhill Gang, of course. My brother had Rapper’s Delight on 12″ and like everyone else we played it it again and again and perfected our rapping skills. I was a Master G man myself.

What’s your best festival memory?
I went to Phoenix Festival in Stratford Upon Avon, 1996. The line-up was pretty good – Neil Young, Beck, The Prodigy, The Flaming Lips, Jonathan Richmond – and we ended up in some tent dancing to Leftfield at four in the morning. Oh and we blagged it in. Security was minimal. No wonder it never lasted. Always pay for festivals, kids.

What are your festival essentials?

Let’s face it – it’s going to rain. Boots and gaiters – never wellies.

How does playing a festival differ from playing your own gig?
It’s that opportunity to reach out to people who’ve never heard you, who don’t know what to expect. My music is pretty chilled so I like to think that once people realise they’re not at a Napalm Death gig they relax, have a beer, get into my world and collect themselves before the evening kicks in.

What are you planning for your Cotton Clouds Festival set?

I’ll be playing tunes from my new album Broken Flowers, which came out earlier this year. It’s heavy stuff. But not Napalm Death heavy.

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