British four-piece band, Wolf Alice will be bringing their brand of alternative rock to South Africa this weekend with a headline spot at Rocking the Daises in Cape Town on 6 October and Rocking the Gardens in Joburg on the 7 October. We got in touch with bass guitarist Theo Ellis to chat about their debut SA tour, winning the 2018 Mercury Prize and more.
What can party goers expect from your performance at Rocking the Daisies and Rocking the Gardens?
An hour long fiesta of uplifting and depressing all-out pop rock that spans the ages.
Photo by Jono White
Your first time in SA? Planning on doing any sightseeing?
We get in pretty early Friday morning and are hoping to see Table Mountain. It's our first time so we are open to recommendations, we need pointing in direction of the best bars in town for sure.
If you had to describe your musical style as fruit what would it be and why?
Passionfruit, because Drake loves em, much like us. (Drake has defs never heard of us but I'm taking this opportunity to reach out for a collaboration).
Beyond surreal, I still don't think that has sunk in for us, it was an honour just to be nominated amongst such a solid list of artists. I still have no words for that one.
Strangest thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
I fell over in deep midst of jet lag and vodka in Japan the other day and I'm not sure I've been the same since.
Rocking the Daisies is a festival that really aims to champion a greener way of living - As a band is there anything you do to live a more eco-conscious life?
We could do more for sure. We travel extensively so our carbon footprint is shameful, however we have ensured that all our albums have been made of recyclable material in CD form as they are so mass produced. We could all do a lot more.
Any other acts on the line-up you’re excited to see?
6lack and Tom Grennan. I love that new Young Thug track with 6lack
What can fans expect from your next album?
To be honest we don't even know what to expect from our next album.
Your guilty pleasure when it comes to music?
I have no guilty pleasures all music is great.
What’s next for Wolf Alice, is it true the band will be taking a hiatus after touring?
Probably a quick lie down and then straight back into making the new album.
Rocking the Daisies, which will be held at Cloof Wine Estate in Darling from 5-7 October 2018 and In The City Rocking the Gardens will be taking place on 7 October at Emmarentia Dam in Joburg. Fore more info go to rockingthedaisies.com and www.facebook.com/RockingTheGardens.
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