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Strokes man hates festivals, prefers surprises

By | Published on Wednesday 8 June 2016


With The Strokes booked to play Aussie festival Splendour In The Grass next month, all the fans in that audience will be pleased to know, well, just how miserable frontman Julian Casablancas will be feeling as he goes through the mandatory motions on the day.

Because, says he in a new interview with Zane Lowe over on Apple’s fictional radio station Beats 1, “98% of the musicians I talk to” don’t like playing festivals, and he includes himself in that majority. Yeah, fucking festivals, what were we ever thinking?

“[I prefer] to play surprise shows in half empty bars”, Casablancas adds. Well, now, every gig I ever organised involved both surprises (aka slapdash publicity) and (as a result) half empty bars. So, Julian, let’s do business.