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Hot Chip step up to headline Glastonbury
by Kev Geoghegan
Radio 1 music reporter

Hot Chip have been talking to Newsbeat ahead of their headline slot on the Other Stage at this year's Glastonbury festival.

Hot Chip

In the space of just three years, the London-based electro-pop artists have moved from playing on the fringes of the event to topping the bill on the second biggest stage at Worthy farm.

Guitarist and percussionist Al Doyle told us the band were excited to be asked.

He said: "We headlined the John Peel Stage last time, it's not as big but itís a really good place to play. And before that, it was the smaller stages. It shows a lot of confidence in us."

He added: "Last year was a total mudbath so it was hard to get into it.

"Your feet were constantly being sucked down and you could hardly move, so it depends on the weather at Glastonbury but if we get a good one it will be amazing."

Intimidating

The 2006 Mercury nominees' latest album, Made In The Dark, charted at number four this weekend. But it's been their live shows that have built up their reputation.

Glastonbury 2007
"Last year and it was a total mudbath so it was hard to get into it. Your feet were constantly being sucked down and you could hardly move"
Al Doyle

Doyle admits they will have to think hard about their production at Glasto.

He said: "It is slightly intimidating, we have done shows that size in Europe and America but certainly not a headline slot.

"We're always in two minds about whether to use lots of lights and projections, because we're quite active on stage anyway

"I just hope that we're good. We should be able to pull it off. We'll have to make our stage set up more exciting, visually, rather than just five guys with keyboards!"

Glastonbury Other Stage 2007

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The band are right up there with the Pyramid Stage headliners The Verve, Kings of Leon and Jay-Z. There have been some mixed responses to news of the US rapper's headlining set, which Al can't underastand.

He said: "Glastonbury's always been an inclusive festival and it's been getting more diverse.

"It seems weird to me that anyone would criticise that. I'm really excited about him. "He's also good for getting guests - maybe he'll bring some glittery friends!"

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