Nick Mulvey tells of his love of English festivals ahead of Somersault appearance
PUBLISHED: 17:18 02 June 2014
Eliot Lee Hazel
It might not seem very glam to be stuffing your face at a service station, but when you’re a rising star with a shed load of gigs in the offing, eating on the hoof is the reality.
And singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey seems to be taking to life on the road better than most, judging by what he’s tucking into.
Joking that he’s doing service station “2014 style”, he sheepishly admits to be devouring artichoke hearts, grilled prawns and scotch eggs as he picks up my call ahead of his long drive back to London.
It’s enough to make me hungry, but what Nick really wants to chat about, obviously, is his music.
He’s just finished some gigs on the Cornwall/Devon border, where he’s already raring to return to and play tracks from his recently released debut album at the inaugural Somersault festival next month.
“It has been really nice to get down to the South West and people were talking about the festival and saying ‘we will see you there’ over and over again,” he says.
And he’s full of enthusiasm for English festivals, which he confesses are a “big part” of his life, with many of his favourite festival moments taking place right here in the UK - including his “unprecendented” first Glastonbury in 2003.
“I think that by and large we do festivals really well in England as we have quite a selection and they are very important to us and almost part of our character,” Mulvey, who is currently warming up for a series of sell-out gigs with London Grammar, said.
“It is kind of chaotic, but in a good way. I just take it as it comes and I think each one has its own time and place.”
After playing Wilderness in Oxfordshire last summer, Mulvey was intrigued to see what festival promoter John Empson, who is also the brains behind Lovebox and The Great Escape, would do next.
And the five day summer-camp style festival seems like the perfect location for Mulvey’s breezy sunshine-tinged tracks.
While his dream festival line up is an eclectic mix of Dr John, Nina Simone and Little Dragon, he says he’ll be staying true to himself when he’s on stage next month.
“With a festival you have to be very direct and get to the chase very quickly,” Nick said. “There are people there who haven’t bought tickets to see you but basically you have got to be youself and play your music - get on the stage, open your heart and be yourself.”