Interview Wolf Alice talk festivals: “Latitude always brings its A-game”

On the eve of a massive Glastonbury Pyramid stage step-up, we chat to the band’s Joel Amey about all things welly-wanging.

Wolf Alice drummer Joel Amey calls the North Londoners’ past twelve months “a bit of a whirlwind”. In reality that doesn’t even come close. Having barely stopped for breath since the release of stunning Number Two debut ‘My Love Is Cool’, from endless tour dates, glitzy award ceremonies both sides of the Atlantic and - of course - breakthrough appearances at all the world’s top festivals, Wolf Alice are stepping up to even bigger stages this time around. We spoke to Joel shortly before the quartet’s sun-soaked sets at this year’s Coachella.

How’s Theo (the bassist was forced to sit out a handful of live dates after suffering a nasty infection to his elbow)?

He’s fully back into bass-boozing action mode now, but it was quite serious at one point and I was sad, but now I’m happy.

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The last year or so has been ‘quite something’ hasn’t it?

You could say that, yeah. It’s been a bit nuts - the touring and the album and all the fun, but we feel incredibly lucky and just can’t wait to get back into the studio.

Were there any points you stepped back and thought ‘holy shit’?

Every five minutes or so. Glastonbury was super fun though, as were the American shows, and Brixton [a sold-out night at the 5,000-capacity Academy]. It’s all been a bit of a whirlwind, I think I need to decompress properly when I get a moment to sit down.

What’s been the biggest thing that’s happened to you so far?

It’s been lots of tiny moments that make a bigger one really. Picking one thing would be tricky!

Did you ever expect the amount of attention you’ve had so far?

Well I’m sure most people in bands would like their music to be heard and appreciated by as many people as possible. I wouldn’t say we were arrogant enough to expect it, but we feel very grateful for everyone that’s supporting lil’ ol’ Wolf Alice so far.

Is there a festival you’re yet to play that you’d love to?

We’re about to do Coachella, that was on my bucket list. We’re not cool enough for Primavera but that always looks incredible.

Do you have favourites you’re excited to visit/return to?

I’m ready to get spacey at Glasto again (er, not Kevin, we don’t think - Ed).

‘Giant Peach’

The USA is very big, it takes me a while to get my bearings. But I’ve got lost in a lift before so it doesn’t surprise me.

Have you ever forgotten which city/country you’re in after travelling through so many in such a short period of time?

I think Latitude always brings its A-game in headliners, it’s a very positive festival. Disclosure and Foals at Reading & Leeds is a good sign too, for sure.

There are loads of new, or at least not old artists headlining festivals now. That’s good, isn’t it?

Why not? There are lots of bands I feel have as much chance as us though, I cannae wait for fezzie season to see what everyone brings.

Do you think (hope?) you’ll be one of them, and who else do you think has a shot?

Wolf Alice will play Bilbao BBK Live (7th - 9th July) and Positivus (15th - 17th July), where DIY is an official media partner. Tickets are on sale now. Visit diymag.com/presents for more information.

Taken from the Festival Guide 2016. Subscribe to DIY below.

Tags: Wolf Alice, Latitude, Festivals, Features

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