Music Q&A: Liines

The Manchester post-punk trio perform at Ramsbottom's Head for the Hills Festival next month

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What do you have planned for the Head for the Hills crowd?
Zoe: We played Head for the Hills a couple of years ago and it was a really special experience. Everyone was so up for it even though we were an unknown band. We can’t wait to get back and play tracks from our debut album Stop-Start, which we released earlier this year. We’ve also been writing new songs this year and have really enjoyed playing them live, so there will be some brand new music to look forward to also.

What else are you excited to see at the festival?
Leila: We played with Lovely Eggs at a festival at the o2 Ritz, Manchester, earlier this year and they were fantastic – the response from the crowd was amazing. So it will be great to see the response outdoors at Head for the Hills!

What’s your best festival memory?
Tamsin: I saw Amy Winehouse in a pretty empty, smaller tent at V Festival the year before she became huge. I also loved seeing The Kills at Benicassim.
Leila: I have a very vivid memory of dancing to Debaser watching Pixies at T in the Park, being right near the front and thinking life is good!

What are your festival essentials?
Leila: Waterproofs (which I’d often use to sneak beers in!) and plenty of beer money.
Tamsin: For English festivals I also highly recommend a proper duvet and pillows!

How does playing a festival differ from playing your own gig?
Zoe: Obviously playing a gig means people are generally there to see you. But festivals are very special in that you as the band and the audience generally don’t know each other, but it’s assumed that everyone is up for a good time and, what’s good in our case, up for discovering new music. So we’ve really enjoyed the festivals we’ve played over the last few years and we’ve often picked up quite a few followers from the different festivals we’ve played over the last few years, which means a lot to us.

Head for the Hills is on 14-16 September at Ramsbottom Cricket Club. For tickets and further information visit headforthehills.org.uk

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