Festivals guide 2008: Q & A with The Mighty Boosh's Noel Fielding

Are you ready for the first ever Mighty Boosh festival? Noel Fielding is! OK, so he hasn't booked any bands yet, but he's packed some lovely silver wellies

The Mighty Boosh are getting their own festival - what can we expect?

We'll be getting some bands to play and we'll be headlining. We're getting the Boosh Band together for that, which is exciting. When we played at the Albert Hall, Roger Daltrey came up and said, "Your bass player is a bit nifty, inne?" and I was like, "Oh yeah, don't you go poaching him!"

Which bands are playing?

Er, we're not actually sure yet! It's a bit last minute. We want to get Peaches and Har Mar Superstar and hopefully Devendra ... it just depends who comes back. A comedy act's never headlined a festival before so that will make it interesting.

When Newman and Baddiel played Wembley in 1993, people said comedy was the new rock'n'roll. Is this a return to those days?

Yeah, although we can actually write and play our own songs. They were rock'n'roll in a very comedy way whereas we can be rock'n'roll in a half-comedy, half-rock'n'roll way. We don't like comedy songs, though. We try and make the songs really good and then have some comedy moments in them. Julian's really good with music, too. We always get asked if there's an album coming out.

Which songs from the show will go down the best?

We rehearsed before the Albert Hall gig and the electro ones worked well, like Future Sailor and Electro Boy. And the thrashy stuff like Nanageddon sounded like Eighties Matchbox B Line Disaster or something! We want visuals to go with it, too. Lots of costume changes and characters, so that it's theatrical like the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band or Frank Zappa.

As freaky as possible, then ...

I hope so, because a lot of bands have lost their sense of theatricality. There's a lot you can do on stage but most bands just stand there looking bored in bad clothes. Whereas someone like Captain Beefheart would make it really visual and fun.

You're playing Big Chill as well, of course ...

That's more of a weird and wonderful Boosh thing. We're curating that so there will be a lot of weird acts and artists who do strange theatrical stuff. Much more mind-bending, more of a freakshow.

Got any festival anecdotes?

The first time I played Glastonbury I was with Brendon Burns and it was rough as hell! He got into a fight and I ended up putting on this purple poncho that someone in the crowd had given me and running off into the distance. The crowd thought it was a gag but I didn't come back. It was hideous. We ended up getting really drunk and sharing a one-man tent with these four girls because we hadn't even bothered bringing a tent. It was horrible. I thought I was dying. And then we had to run in the mud to catch our lift home but we missed it. It was all a total disaster but, at the same time, really good fun.

Any festival survival tips?

Just pack wellies and toilet paper and you'll be fine.

Don't wellies go against your electro-glam sense of style?

Well put some sequins on your wellies, obviously! Don't go in normal wellies. Or wear riding boots. I think I might wear those massive boots that come up to your thighs, like Gene Simmons from Kiss wears. Or silver wellies ... actually, I've got some silver wellies from the show with my name written on in sequins which I might dig out. You should definitely retain some glamour, even though you look like a farmer!

· The Mighty Boosh play their own festival and the Big Chill

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Tim Jonze

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