The man behind the mask and the lead actor in the Middle East debut of Phantom of the Opera provides his insight into one of theatre’s most exciting roles
The London band take time out to speak to Debonair ahead of their show in Abu Dhabi
Genre-crossing London quartet Bastille bring their heady mix of indie-rock and dance-music influences to the UAE this weekend, headlining the first night of the two-day Club Social beach festival in Abu Dhabi on Friday (March 29).
The band – responsible for hit singles Pompeii, Of the Night and Happier – are preparing for a busy festival season, which will see them hit 15 different countries this summer.
If their set in Abu Dhabi is even half as fun, tongue in cheek and to the point as the answers below from drummer Chris “Woody” Wood, you’re in for a cheeky treat.
What are the three things you would save in a fire?
My wife and kids and my cats.
Where is your favourite place in the world and what makes it so special?
Berlin – best nights out and the best people.
Who would play each of you in the film biopic of the band?
Woody – Eddie Murphy; Dan [Smith, frontman] – Nicole Kidman; Kyle [Simmons, keys] – Jackie Chan; Will [Farquarson, guitar/bass] - Tupac's Hologram.
What would you title the band's autobiography and what would be the first line?
What Is a Bastille? and "Dan decided that the best way to make friends was through playing piano..."
What is the most-played songs on your playlist and what makes it special?
Wham – Club Tropicana. It's the ultimate party-starter.
What’s your go-to happy song?
Queens of the Stone Age – Millionaire.
If you could invite five people — living or dead — to the ultimate dinner party, who would they be and what would you serve?
Dr Martin Luther King, David Lee Roth [of Van Halen], [comedian] Joe Rogan, Amy Winehouse and Rihanna, and I would serve them all some KFC.
What are the most treasured items in your wardrobes?
Every Plymouth Argyle kit from 1994 to present day.
What three films could you watch over and over again?
Snatch, The Wolf of Wall Street and Mike Bassett: England Manager.
What is the one thing you would tell your 16-year-old self?
A student loan is not free money.
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