This fortnight, prepare yourself for endless summer nights ahead.
It's that time of the year again — festival season is upon us. In preparation, we bring you our annual festival special!
Crack open the latest Hot Press to find every lineup, date, time, place, taste, tune, and face coming your way in the coming months.
Read our interview with Bell X1's Paul Noonan as he prepares to play at Trinity College while recalling memorable moments from past tours.
“Oh yeah! I once lost my shoes during a set at Oxegen,” says Paul, in a story which sounds fairly typical of the late Punchestown Festival. “They weren’t stolen off my feet while I was performing or anything – they’d just gone missing while I was doing a bit of crowd surfing. It wasn’t so much a festival disaster as it was a memorable couple of songs."
Feel some second-hand embarrassment for The Coronas who played for crickets.
“None of the punters could come into the festival arena – don’t ask me why. We were supposed to start at 12 but there wasn’t a single person there to watch us. The security guard said, ‘Ye can wait, but ye still have to be finished by half twelve!’ So we thought, ‘Fuck it, we’re playing our half an hour!’, and we played our first two songs without anyone there. Then when they finally opened the gates at six minutes past 12, we could see all our friends running down the fucking field in their wellies to catch us!”
Discover what it takes to make it big with Better Call Saul's Bob Odenkirk.
"The best television, Odenkirk believes, is serious about the complexity of the human condition. 'Walter White comes across as a person driven by circumstances,' he says, referring to Breaking Bad’s chemistry teacher-turned-avenging nihilist. 'A logical person who cares about his family. At the start, all the things that drive him seem to be good things. Then he does crazy things over the course of the series – things that are completely unnecessary. As you get to know him you realise he is driven more by his ego and his own sense of damaged entitlement.'"
Other features include interviews with Jesus and Mary Chain, Joe Chester, Will Kinsella, Mike Skinner, and more.
Look for the peach-coloured cover on magazine racks across Ireland, Buy 41-06: Festival Special direct from hotpress.com, or download the iOS app for iPad.
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