'When I’m with the band
on stage it’s the place I
was born to be'
We love the experience of being at a festival – dancing in the sun to our favourite bands, camping out under the stars and the sense of freedom from switching off our phones for an entire blissful weekend. But what’s it like for a band to play at a festival? We asked Cece Wyldeck, the lead singer of the London folk group Wyldeck.
YOUR BAND WYLDECK ARE AMAZING LIVE. DO YOU GET A
KICK OUT OF PLAYING IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE?
‘Definitely. I love the whole vibe and the atmosphere. When you’re on stage you get an adrenalin rush you don’t get anywhere else. Playing your music to people who want to hear it is the best feeling ever.’
‘To be honest, we always much
prefer being out in the festival
than sitting backstage.’
HOW DO YOU PLAN WHAT TO WEAR ON STAGE AT A FESTIVAL?
‘You’ve got to stand out. If you’re playing to a large audience you need to be seen quite far away. So I’ve got lots of stuff with tassels on and bright shirts. And shades if it’s sunny.’
DO YOU HANG OUT WITH OTHER BANDS BACKSTAGE?
‘To be honest, we always much prefer being out in the festival than sitting backstage.’
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PLAYING A FESTIVAL AND A REGULAR SHOW?
‘There's a completely different energy at a festival. And it’s challenging, because you’re playing to people who don’t really know your music. You have to win the crowd over and keep them interested.’
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE FESTIVAL?
‘Glastonbury. I went for the first time last year, and it beats any festival I’ve ever been to – the sheer size of it!’
WHAT’S YOUR TOP FESTIVAL SURVIVAL TIP?
‘Don’t take anything smaller than a 4-man tent per person, it gets way too hot to be confined to a small space!’
YOU LOVE TOURING, BUT WHAT’S THE DOWNSIDE?
‘Not being in my own bed, and sharing with three boys.’
YOU STARTED WRITING SONGS AND PERFORMING AGED 14. HAVE YOU EVER SUFFERED NERVES?
‘I’m not someone who likes being the centre of attention, and when I performed solo it was definitely more nerve-wracking. But I’ve always felt comfortable being with the band. It’s a like having my family around me, so it’s safe. When I’m with the band and go on stage, it’s the place I feel most comfortable.’
HAVE YOU EVER HAD AN EMBARRASSING MOMENT ON STAGE?
‘Losing my voice half way through a set was embarrassing! I’d been suffering all week, and I’d been doing everything – drinking honey, steaming and not talking. I thought I was fine, then half way through, I opened my mouth and no sound came out.’
WHICH ALBUM ARE YOU LISTENING TO
ON REPEAT AT THE MOMENT?
‘Arts Angels by Grimes. It’s a genius. It’s really rare to find
a female artist who does everything – produces, writes and sings.’
IS THERE ONE MUSICIAN WHO CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
‘PJ Harvey. Her album Stories From the City, Stories from the
Sea changed my life. Musically, I’ve drawn a lot from that.’
WHICH SONG WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO COVER?
‘I wouldn’t dare to cover it, but the song I wish I’d written is
Dreams by Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks. For me it’s the
most perfect song ever written.’
WHO ARE YOUR STYLE INSPIRATIONS?
‘Most of music idols are also my style icons – like Patti Smith,
Jimi Hendrix and in recent years Alison Mosshart. Also, this
sounds cheesy, but my girlfriend. She is effortlessly the coolest
person I know and gives me all the fashion advice I need.’
Learn more about Cece here