Anne-Marie: ‘I’ve looked inside a festival loo before … not nice’

The chart-topping singer shares her festival experiences, from sweaty tent mornings to her hatred of long drops

Had you been to many festivals before being asked to actually sing at one?
When I was 18 I went to V festival because my friend had split up with his girlfriend and he needed someone to go with. I loved the staying in the tent bit and seeing loads of different artists in one night. I just never really had the passion to do that every week at a different festival. It was very wet and you’d be freezing going to sleep at night then you’d wake up sweating. The toilets are a bit rank. But it was an experience!

If you dropped your phone down a festival toilet, would you attempt to retrieve it?
[Immediately] No. No.

Even if you can’t find your friends for the rest of the festival? There’s anti-bac on hand.
Oh God, have you looked down one of those holes before? I still don’t think I could. It would actually be in the shit. I’ve looked down those holes before and they’re not nice. I’ll just make some new friends.

If you could curate your own festival lineup using only former boyband members, who would be the three headliners?
Justin Timberlake, Gary Barlow and Simon from Blue. My sister really fancied him when she was younger so I just think I’d let her have that moment.

Beyoncé played Glastonbury while pregnant and Jessie J did a festival with a broken leg. What adversity have you overcome at a festival?
When I was singing with Rudimental I did fall over a few times but I was able to switch it up, like I was meant to do it. But I haven’t had anything like that happen yet.

Anne-Marie plays BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend


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