Winston Marshall, the banjo player for the band, told NME backstage at the festival that they are “pretty f****** nervous,” about their first headline slot at the event.
Marshall added, “Fear. There’s a lot of fear involved. There’s never been any higher expectation for any show. We’re excited and terrified.”
Marshall also talked about what they intend to play in their slot, stating, “We had a rehearsal this week and we’ve got a temporary setlist that we’ll probably do. We’re like, ‘We should do this! We should do this!’ but if we f*** with it too much and take too many risks, it could backfire. And I heard that the Arctic Monkeys set yesterday was a hit-fest – it was amazing. We’ve only got two records’ worth though, so taking risks is dangerous.”
Marshall then added that the audience can expect some surprises, stating, “We’ve got a good, a fun idea … there will be one special thing at least. If not, two.” Marshall also confirmed that there would be a special guest, but he wouldn’t be drawn on who it would be though.
The banjo player also found time to discuss the band’s bass player, Ted Dwane, who recently had brain surgery for a blood clot. Marshall stated, “Ted’s doing really well. It’s been very scary – not to get too soppy – but it’s been a pretty emotional couple of weeks. We were on tour, and he was complaining about having a headache for about ten days – but he played it down. He’s one of those guys who’s just very low-key and didn’t really grumble much.”
He then added, “He had a MRI scan and found out that a blood vessel had burst in his brain, which he got from head-banging during a gig. It was f****** scary. And we had to cancel some really big shows. Bonnaroo and Telluride are two festivals in America which are as important to us as Glasto. Those two festivals really embraced us in that country. Missing out on those was very emotional.”