Greg Roberts, drummer for Glastonbury Festival stalwarts Dreadzone, takes time out to talk wet weather, taking the wrong drugs and pre-rolling spliffs.
The first festival I played was at Glastonbury in 1994. We played the Pyramid Stage at 11 o’clock in the morning and I remember John Peel watching from the side. Somebody, who wasn’t our bass player, sound-checked so when we came on and started playing, the bass was far too loud and it shook everybody from their tents. At least they started stream down to watch us.
It sounds boring, but my favourite festival is Glastonbury. It’s not like a festival; it’s like a city that springs up. It’s got its own law, its own language and its own culture. It’s a glimpse of what life could be, a utopia. It’s perfect really, there are a lot of other festivals that put in the good spirit and you can feel that, but none will be able to touch Glastonbury.
The strangest thing to happen to me at a festival was taking the wrong drugs and not being prepared for it. I’d been given something I shouldn’t have had and it took a few days to get back to normal. But that’s not that strange really, is it?
Glade Festival in 2007 was pretty special because it really flooded. There is a clip on YouTube of me driving the van with all the band in it to try and get to the festival and be the first band there. I remember we had to drive up a road that was like a river. That’s one of the strangest things: any festival that’s been washed out. At Glastonbury 1997 it was really wet and they were totally unprepared for it.
It’s best to go to festivals without any preconceived notions. I think you should always take wellies and pre-roll your spliffs. It’s best not to plan anything and most of all, just enjoy yourself.
My ultimate festival line-up would include Prince and Foo Fighters. I’d also have The Prodigy, The Orb and The Who. I’d also have to have some dubstep as well.
Dreadzone’s greatest hits album ‘The Good, The Bad & The Dread’ is out now on Dubwiser Records.
The band will play Glastonbury Festival 2011 on the Oxlyers In West stage on the Saturday at 6pm.
U2, Coldplay and Beyonce will headline the festival alongside Primal Scream, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Chemical Brothers and many more.
‘The Best Of Dreadzone: The Good, The Bad & The Dread’ Tracklisting:
Zion Youth (Dreadzone Mix)
Little Britain (Vocal Version)
Captain Dread (Single Edit)
Biological Radio (Edit)
House Of Dread
Life Love & Unity (‘96 Mix)
Fight The Power (‘95)
Return Of The Dread
The Good The Bad & The Dread
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My Festival Life… Greg Roberts from Dreadzone.
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