A Weekend With Kev Smith

Kev Smith
Kev Smith
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Singer and guitarist Kev Smith is 51 and lives in Drayton with his wife Sarah and daughters Ava and Polly. On Thursday he and his band Kojak’s Revenge play their annual Christmas Party at the Wedgewood Rooms. Here he describes his favourite things to do at the weekend.

· What would be your ideal weekend destination?

Las Vegas – cramming it all in on a whistle-stop tour of The Strip.

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

Elvis Costello, Morrissey and Scarlett Johansson. Reasons? Costello is a musical and lyrical genius.

Moz is an enigma wrapped in a conundrum. And Scarlett... well, do you really need to ask?

· What music would you take with you?

All of the early punk from my formative years, Costello, Morrissey, The Editors and Interpol.

I’m not really that miserable, honest!

· What about something to read?

Punk Rock by John Robb. It’s a brilliant anecdotal account of the scene. Once a punk, always a punk!

I also find David Icke’s books interesting, read with an open mind. And A Short History of Nearly Everything By Bill Bryson because you are never too old to learn.

· What would be your ultimate way to relax?

Sunday afternoon, settee, cup of tea, Eccles cake, black and white film and sleep.

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

Vintage Guitar Shop, Denmark Street, London. Or a garage full of high spec camper vans.

· What’s your all-time favourite film?

A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick. But my seasonal choice would be A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim.

It’s a timeless classic that never fails to warm the cockles with a salient message about greed and redemption.

Bankers, footballers and MPs take note!

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

A fine red wine with Christmas dinner.

· What are you doing this weekend?

Playing Father Christmas to my two little girls, Ava and Polly, spending quality time with family and friends and eating and drinking too much.

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

The Isle Of Wight Festival. Although I am not that impressed with the American angle next year, especially as Glastonbury is not on. It should have been an amazing line-up – an opportunity missed.