News Reading & Leeds 2011: Tribes

Shockingly (or not, they’re a touring band), Camden’s Tribes are leaving Camden - and the M25 - this weekend to appear on the Festival Republic stage in Reading on Saturday and Leeds on Sunday. Here’s their take on our festival Q&A.

Have you played Reading and Leeds before?
No, this will be our first time. We are well psyched.

Have you ever been as a fan?
I have been to Reading a couple of times, when I was a bit younger. I’m pretty sure Metallica played every time I went. I love a bit of Metallica. I used to love coming to Reading but then late teens hit and my Mum stopped lending me the money for a ticket.

Oh, Dan and I were there when Rage played a few years back. We somehow got our hands on free guest tickets. No idea how, though.

Reading and Leeds is known as a ‘rock’ festival. What’s the least rock ‘n roll thing you’ve ever done?
At a festival? Had a nap?

What’s the best thing about playing festivals?
It’s the atmosphere, and knowing everyone is up for a good time. You also get to get wasted - after our set, obviously - and watch other great bands play, bands that might be hard to see elsewhere.

A few rainy festivals this summer have seen artists going on stage in their wellington boots. Is this something you’ve done or would consider?
Nah, that’s a bit of a cliche. Also, it muddies up the stage for the next band, and that’s rude.

Which artists are you hoping to catch live at Reading and Leeds?
Really looking forward to Strokes and Pulp, haven’t seen them in a while. Also, a band called Sharks are fucking ‘avin it at the moment, so will go to that. Yuck too. They’re awesome.

What’s the secret to festival success?
Having naps. It’s not ‘cool’, but if a nap means staying up all night, then people should embrace them - i.e. don’t write ‘penis’ on your napping friend’s head.

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