Tuesday 20 August 2019

Bastille ready to rock TRNSMT after ‘best gig we’ve ever done’ at Glastonbury

Ahead of their first appearance at Glasgow’s TRNSMT festival, drummer Chris Wood called the band’s Glastonbury set the ‘best gig we’ve ever done’.

Members of Bastille pose backstage with singer Lewis Capaldi ahead of his guest appearance with the band on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury (Yui Mok/PA)
Members of Bastille pose backstage with singer Lewis Capaldi ahead of his guest appearance with the band on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury (Yui Mok/PA)

By Douglas Barrie, PA Scotland

Bastille are riding on a high after playing “the best gig we’ve ever done” at Glastonbury last month.

The band were speaking ahead of their first appearance at TRNSMT festival, with around 50,000 people in Glasgow Green on Saturday to see them and other acts including Catfish and the Bottlemen.

Drummer Chris Wood is also DJing an aftershow party at Glasgow’s The Garage and at midnight, July 14 will mark Bastille Day – as well as frontman Dan Smith’s birthday.

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Bastille drummer Chris Wood and guitarist Will Farquarson (Douglas Barrie/PA)

Wood had high praise for the Glasgow crowd, telling PA: “We’ve been coming here for years now and we’ve never had a bad gig here.

“Everyone’s just showed us so much love and it’s just like the vibe here is just amazing.”

Speaking about the Glastonbury set, he added: “You want to make as good an impression as possible and obviously playing the Pyramid Stage has been like a dream of most of ours for years and years now and we wanted to make the most of it.

“It went by like that as well – one of those things where you spend ages getting ready and then in a blink it’s done.”

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Music fans at the TRNSMT festival at Glasgow Green (Lesley Martin/PA)

Guitarist Will Farquarson joked he hoped “the Scottish crowd are ready for our downbeat moody songs” including some from new album Doom Days.

He added: “It’ll be nice because there’s two or three tracks we’ve never played in Scotland before.

“It’s interesting when you do, slightly slower more chilled songs that no-one’s ever heard it’s a bit of a test.

“As an audience if you’re having a wonderful time at a festival and a band plays something you don’t know it can be downbeat… but we’ve always got the big old Pompeii to chuck out.”

During their tour earlier this year, the band visited Glasgow’s O2 Academy and had Lewis Capaldi as their support act.

The Scottish singer also performed Joy on stage with the band at Glastonbury amid an ongoing spat with Noel Gallagher after comments made by the former Oasis man.

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Lewis Capaldi wore a t-shirt with Noel Gallagher’s face on it at Glastonbury after comments made by the former Oasis man (Aaron Chown/PA)

Farquarson called the beef “quite sweet”, and said: “(Lewis) was opening for us and while on tour he went from being the next big thing to the biggest thing in the world.

“It was a kind of funny dynamic by the end of it because by the end we should have been opening for him.

“We just asked him if he wanted to come and have a mess around at Glastonbury and he was up for it because he’s a cool guy.

“I might start a beef with Noel Gallagher because I want some of that Lewis Capaldi fame.

“Or maybe I should go after Liam? Oh god no I don’t want to do that. Liam will beat me to death.”

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