We caught up with Leaves frontman Arnar G, outside the band's dressing room, basking in the Staffordshire sun (you don't get much in Reykjavik) for a chat about life, festivals and Ian Brown's dancing shoes.
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Virtual Festivals: How are you?
Arnar G: Very Good, thank you!
What are your first impressions of V2002, then?
I think it's very nice and very well organised. Great festival.
How did your gig go here this morning, on the NME stage?
It went very well. The crowd was great. It's a bit funny for us to play so early [Leaves opened at 12.40pm], as we're party animals, so we're not used to getting up early! We prefer playing indoors, as well - it's more intimate and better suited to our sound.
Do you prefer the Chelmsford or Staffordshire site of V2002?
We like them both. The weather was much hotter in Chelmsford [it is currently 28 degrees C in Staffordshire!]
What's the best festival you have ever played?
There was this little one in France. I can't remember what it's called, but there were only 5000 people and it was very intimate and enclosed. That's our thing! We also loved T in the Park this year.
And the worst?
Definitely Witnness [near Dublin]. It was very badly organised and just a mud bath this year. We don't like mud.
Have you met any interesting artists here this weekend?
We played football with Supergrass - they were very cool! In Chelmsford, we met Ian Brown. He was dancing in his Adidas, we were very impressed!
So what's next for Leaves?
Our new album 'Breathe' comes out on Monday (19th August 2002). We're playing the Provinssirock Festival in Belgium and organising a European Tour (with UK dates).