View from the stage: Pete Turner, bassist in Elbow
How does it feel
to be topping the bill at this year's Latitude?
I’m really looking forward to it. As headliners you get longer and we can put on more of a show. We’re looking forward to all the fezzies we’ve got this year, actually. There’s a lot fewer than last year, though.
Last year I think we ended up playing at about 25, this year we’ve got nearer 10.
What’s the maddest time you’ve ever had at a festival?
There are hundreds of times! It would usually be at Glastonbury. I never recall that much, to be honest with you. When we play Glasto we’re always there for a full weekend, so we really get into the whole spirit of the thing. Last year when we played we’d all been there for a few days and were all totally caked in mud, but I think it adds to it, it means you’re more a part of it.
What’s the best festival gig you’ve ever seen?
I had a lot of fun watching Blur at T in the Park. They’re one of those bands where you go “another hit?”.
They absolutely just roll them out, it’s unbelievable how many big tunes they’ve got, and it’s good because you’re just singing along – badly, in my case. But the best one ever was seeing Spiritualized in the John Peel tent a few years ago with my girlfriend. That was mindblowing, unbelievable. They’re an Elbow favourite – one of the bands that’s influenced us the most.
Who’d headline your dream festival?
Spiritualized are a special band for us and I’d like Talk Talk there as well, another of our key influences.
Tom Waits too, maybe. I’d also like the Smashing Pumpkins, so long as it was the original four. That would be cool.
What’s been your best festival moment?
Glastonbury. The main stage field was completely full, I think there were about 80,000 people while we were waiting at the side of the stage to go on. The crowd were singing “Hey Jude” and then it kind of morphed into “One Day Like This”. When we walked on, all our mates were at the side of the stage and some of them were in tears. It was just really lovely, and Jay-Z and Beyoncé and Coldplay were all watching as well. That was a really special gig, and definitely my favourite gig ever.
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever seen at a festival?
That’s hard – every second at Glastonbury something unusual walks past you. I’m usually pretty drunk so nothing ever seems too weird. We were in the backstage area once and Grace Jones was in a dressing room just across from us. It was only a small area and this car pulled up next to her Portakabin, picked her up and then drove her about 20 metres to the toilet and waited. To be fair they were the regular ones that everyone uses, but I thought that’s pretty bizarre. It was so stupid, she would have been quicker walking.
But, it’s Grace Jones so she can kind of get away with it – she’s pretty out there!
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 3 A third of employers never check job applicants' qualifications, survey finds
- 4 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist
- 5 Paul Scholes: Manchester United need five experienced players who can turn round a desperate situation
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
The Top Ten: Horrible buildings
JK Rowling writes new Harry Potter story on Pottermore: Introducing 'Singing Sorceress' Celestina Warbuck
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
American film board gives gay film Love Is Strange R-rating despite no sex or violence
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women