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Festival Gear: Bastille

It's one of the burning questions of the summer: what to put on your festival packing list? Figuring, of course, that you're gonna want to dress to impress, despite having to sleep in a tent and wash (if you're lucky) in a sort-of communal trough for four-odd days, which will probably include at least one afternoon of blazing sunshine, several chilly 3am treks back to the campsite and, inevitably, a torrential downpour or three... To help you out, we decided to get some tips from the people who know best: the bands, DJs, music journalists, festival organisers, talent spotters and stylists who make their living hanging out and looking good (or at least passably human) in a muddy field each summer. First up, Kyle Simmons (below, second from left) from London's indie-dance heavyweights Bastille reveals his festival survival kit.

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Name 5-10 items that will be in your festival bag this summer.
Waterproof coat, boots, vest, shorts, booze and speakers.

What can't you live without at a festival?

Which festival(s) are you going to this summer?
None as a punter [see below for some of the weekenders Bastille are performing at]. 

What's been your favourite-ever festival moment? 
Playing the Bestival main stage last year dressed as Captain Zissou and crew from Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

Describe your fail-safe festival outfit.
Boots plus items that I'm OK with losing and/or wrecking.

Do you have any festival horror stories?
Being at Glastonbury with no sleeping bag or tent in the rain and cold. I had to take shelter in an unmanned merch tent.

Got any survival tips for festival first-timers?
Do not run out of booze. Do not lose your friends. Accept you are going to get dirty.

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Bastille will be bringing their arena-ready sounds to dozens of festivals across Europe this summer, including T In The Park in Kinross on July 13, Longitude in Dublin on July 18 and V Festival in Chelmsford on August 16 and V Festival in Staffordshire on August 17.