Foals frontman blasts festival bosses over limited line-ups
Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis has accused festival bosses of failing new artists by hiring the same established bands to headline their events year after year.
The rockers will top the bill at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk in July alongside Bloc Party, but Philippakis insists new groups struggle to land headlining slots at top music events because organisers prefer to hire older bands.
He tells the Daily Star newspaper, "There's a big problem with old bands who always occupy the top slots at festivals. More heritage names reform every year, which only makes it worse.
"It really limits bands of our generation. We don't get a fair chance to headline, because the slots are reserved for the same old names."
Philippakis, 26, also blames ageing festival-goers for increasing the demand for reformed acts, adding, "You get people in their late 30s going to festivals, in their dungarees with a couple of kids, wanting to relive their adolescence... by watching The Stone Roses.
"They aren't in touch with what's going on now. I'm bored of seeing some dude from the '90s headline, it means nothing to me."