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Is Coachella "Sanitized" & Are UK Festivals the Best?

One popular, acclaimed musician thinks so.

For a new interview for Shortlist, Foals‘ very talented, popular frontman Yannis Philippakis is sounding off on his thoughts on the world’s fesitval and major events. Specifically speaking on North America’s biggest festival, Coachella, and Glastonbury, Philiappakis criticizes Coachella and praises Glastonbury and other UK fesitvals. Breaking down his thoughts, he says, “Coachella is not my idea of a good festival. You get celebrities at Glastonbury, sure, but people don’t go for that. If anything, what’s great about Glastonbury is that they’re made to trudge through the mud like anybody else. Whereas at Coachella it’s like: ‘Where’s my private buggy?’ People don’t rock out, and you can’t drink in the actual festival. I don’t hate it; I just think it’s a bit sanitized. It’s like L.A.” Also expressing admiration and love for Reeding & Leeds, the Foals frontman shares just how happy he was with headlining the event for the very first time:

“I’m glad, even just selfishly, that we’re headlining Reading rather than some old heritage band who have already headlined every festival on the circuit,” he told Shortlist. “Hopefully, it shows, without sounding too worthy about it, that you don’t need to do X, Y and Z in order to become a bigger band. You don’t need to sort out your image or get your teeth whitened or start hanging out at the right place to be in a rock band.”

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