Bastille’s Dan Smith tells fans to watch out for weever fish while in Newquay for ‘beautiful’ Boardmasters

Among their mammoth weekend of three festivals in three days, pop rock stars Bastille found the time to have what they now know to be a risky dip in the sea before a main stage set at Boardmasters. The band, best known for hits such as Pompeii, Happier and Good Grief, are one of the dozens of huge acts on Cornwall’s biggest stage this weekend.

Front man Dan Smith, keyboardist Kyle Simmons, and guitarist Will Farquarson sat down with CornwallLive in a very stuffy tent and told us how they were loving Cornwall and their time at Newquay’s Boardmasters. Absent, however, was drummer Chris ‘Woody’ Wood, from south east Cornwall, as he was stuck in traffic on his way back from a Plymouth Argyle match just hours before their set.

This year is the second time the band has played Boardmasters. As Dan said, however, it should have been their third and Woody in particular is delighted to be essentially on home turf.

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“We were meant to headline in 2019 when it got hurricaned off,” Dan said. “It was a huge disappointment. For Woody, it’s kind of a hometown festival and he’d been so excited to play here for such a long time.

“He was devastated but we got to come back and play which was amazing.”

Dan went on to say that Boardmasters is a unique festival for the band, which plays dozens if not hundreds each year. He continued: “Not many festivals are perched on a cliff edge looking out over the sea, it’s really beautiful.

“And the weather is incredible.”

After arriving at around midnight on Saturday morning, August 13, the band managed to have some downtime in the stunning area around Boardmasters before their set.

As Kyle said, though, their swim at one of the nearby beaches also brought some new and unwelcome knowledge about the seas of Cornwall. “There’s a fish which will sting you out there, isn’t there?

"Watch out for weaver fish" - wise words from Bastille front man Dan Smith
“Watch out for weaver fish” – wise words from Bastille front man Dan Smith
(Image: Brian Robinson)

“The weever fish. I’m not about that.”

Will, who used to go to Polzeath each year when he was younger, said he heard about the boiling water treatment for the fish and decided he would avoid being stung in the first place.

Dan continued: “None of us got stung though. I was naively wading through without a care in the world and didn’t know about the fish until afterwards!

“I don’t get down to Cornwall as much as I’d like. We had the day to see the area and then we leave at midnight after our gig tonight.”

Asked if they would be playing their new single, Revolution, Dan said: “No, we’re not. Which doesn’t make any sense, does it?

“It’s out though, and we just made a video for it which is coming out next week. There’s also a new version of the album Give Me The Future, the second half of it out, in a few weeks.

“We’re really excited.”

Dan finished with some words of wisdom and caution: “I’m not sure how to beat the heat, you’re talking to three very sweaty messes, so not sure if we have any advice.

“Jump in the sea – but watch out for weever fish.”

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