A weekend with David Harvey

David Harvey
David Harvey

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Drummer David Harvey is 27 and lives in Southsea. His band, Belligerence, play on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam.com stage at Download festival tomorrow as part of their UK tour.

What would be your ideal weekend destination?

A random area of England or France in our Volkswagen camper van. Although it would probably end up breaking down somewhere on the M275.

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

James Hetfield. He is an absolute legend in my book and I’m obsessed with Metallica. I would chat to him about making those riffs, find out who he really is and what life’s like. He went through rehab for alcohol addiction, so the nurse part of me would be interested to find out about that too.

What music would you take with you?

I’d take my iPod and the 1980s rock compilations that Craig, our bass player, made for me. I don’t think they’ve left the car CD player since I got them.

What about something to read?

A book about mental health care. A psychiatrist called Thomas Szasz has always intrigued me. He writes about mental illness being a myth, that we call behavioural problems mental illness and that psychiatry is social control. They are controversial opinions that I don’t often agree with but it’s interesting.

What would be your ultimate way to relax?

Sitting on a balcony in Gibraltar with lots of sun and a very cold drink. That’s the last time I felt truly relaxed, anyway.

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

I’d go for the whole of Denmark Street in London and impulse buy every guitar and amp that took my fancy. I’d invest in some rare Gibsons.

What’s your all-time favourite film?

Trainspotting. It’s one of the funniest films I have ever seen.

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

A pint of cold beer and a Spanish brandy thank you very much.

What are you doing this weekend?

Playing and watching some amazing bands at Download Festival. Down, Clutch, The Damned Things and Alter Bridge are the one’s I am particularly looking forward to.

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

The Deco on Elm Grove. It’s always friendly and clean and has awesome music, a great atmosphere and reasonably priced drinks.