Weekend with Rowan Bastable

Rowan Bastable
Rowan Bastable

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Twenty-two-year-old singer and guitarist Rowan Bastable lives in North End and is frontman of the band Kassassin Street. They play at Southsea Fest today from 6pm to 6.30pm at Southsea Social Club, Duncan Road. Here he tells us about his perfect weekend.

· What would be your ideal weekend destination?

To watch a band play somewhere in York and spend the remaining time strolling around the city. It’s the most architecturally stunning city I’ve visited in England.

· Not counting your loved ones, who would be your dream companion?

John Peel. If I could talk music with anyone, it would be him. I adore the way he presented. Even listening to his radio shows now, you feel like you’re sat in the front room listening to LPs with your dad. Walking around York with a Knight seems fitting. RIP John.

· What music would you take with you?

John Connan Mockasin’s Please Turn Me Into The Snat LP. I think John would love it. It’s experimental psychedelic brilliance.

· What about something to read?

No Logo by Naomi Klein. It’s a book everyone should read. It changed my perspective.

· What would be your ultimate way to relax?

A back massage from Natalie Portman.

· If money were no object, which shop would you head for?

Snoopers’ Paradise in Brighton. It’s a huge flea market. I bought a sitar once.

· What’s your all-time favourite film?

Jurassic Park. I wanted to believe it was real so much as a child that I convinced myself it was an island just off Cornwall. I can even forgive the horrific follow ups.

· We’re buying the drinks tonight. What’s your poison?

Duvel, my favourite beer. It takes me back to Rock Werchter festival in Belgium a few years ago when I discovered it’s 8.5 per cent proof! I saw The Verve support Neil Young and Radiohead (I think).

· What are you doing this weekend?

Southsea Fest. I shall spend Saturday wandering up and down Albert Road trying to see as many bands as I can, as well as playing a slot myself with Kassassin Street. Sunday probably won’t exist for me.

· What’s a favourite local destination for a weekend day out?

Weekends at the Southsea bandstand. Generally local bands play to an ever increasing crowd of music lovers. It’s a chance for Portsmouth locals to hear what amazing talent thrives in our city. It’s over for the summer now so you’ve already missed out.