5 Minutes With Bastille

Brit Award winning favourites Bastille are undoubtedly one of the most loved artists of recent times. Since bursting onto the scene with phenomenal debut LP 'Bad Blood' in 2013, they've gone on to sell over 11 million albums, headline countless tours and festivals, and develop their act to be one of the world's most captivating live bands.

We caught up with the four-piece to discuss their forthcoming tour - which includes a huge date at The O2 Arena in London, latest album 'Give Me The Future' and more!

Firstly, you’re heading out on tour later this month! How does it feel to be gearing up for life on the road again?

We've been waiting for what feels like forever to get back to this. I think we'd probably all taken touring for granted pre-Covid, especially the lifestyle that goes with it, so now it feels like we're getting our old lives back. We can't wait for everyone to see this new show.

Your latest album ‘Give Me The Future’ was released last month to positive reviews from critics and fans alike – was the general reaction what you’d hoped for when crafting the LP?

Yeah the response couldn't have been better to be honest. The sound is a bit of a departure from previous albums and thankfully fans have come with us for the journey. Plus coming back with a no.1 album is a total dream come true, as it hopefully shows that people still care so we're all feeling really excited about performing this new album.

Which tracks from ‘Give Me The Future’ are you most excited to perform live?

The response to 'Shut Off The Lights' has been amazing and it’s quite a party vibe once it gets going, so that'll definitely be a highlight of the set.

You worked with Riz Ahmed for your track ‘Promises’ – what was it like to have him in the studio? Did he offer any advice or pointers that you’ll use going forward?

Riz is just an incredible person and ridiculously talented. I think the main thing we can all take from working with him is that compared to him, we're all under-achievers!

As a band four albums deep, do you find it difficult to curate a setlist that will keep things exciting for you but also keep the fans happy?

Setlists have historically been one of our biggest sticking points and the debate normally gets quite heated. Fortunately the new album is only about 30 mins long so there's still plenty of room for back-catalogue in this set.

What else can we expect from Bastille across 2022 and beyond?

A load of festivals and gigs abroad, and quite possibly more new music as well. We've been shut away for two years so we're very keen to make up for lost time.

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Hey - I'm Callum. Fan of The National, collector of vinyl, season ticket holder at Leeds United, owner of Dougal the cat.

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