26 May 2014 by

#Playtime: 5 Things You Need To Know About Courtney Barnett

Festival season's about to kick into full swing - with Field Day and Glasto all on the horizon in the next month. One of the artists you need to check out if you're donning your wellies this year is Courtney Barnett. The Melbourne based singer/songwriter is known for her honest lyrics and down-to-earth attitude. Her track 'Avant Gardener' topped Pitchfork's 100 best tracks of 2013 list (making her kinda a big deal) and she was the name on everyone's lips at The Great Escape.

Courtney's going to be playing festivals across the world this summe. Her most recent stop was Primavera in Barcelona alongside Haim, Kendrick Lamar and Pixies. We caught up with Courtney to chat about festivals and her first ever gig. Here's 5 things you need to know about her…

1. The first gig she ever went to was a disaster 

'I think it was actually a festival in Sydney when I was 14. I remember my parents didn't know I'd got tickets and my Auntie had just given me my first mobile phone and they just called me and made me come home. Pretty uncool.'

2. The band she's excited to see this festival season is... 

'The Pixies, who I've never seen. It's be cool to playing at a festival [Primavera and Field Day] they're playing it. I've got a few friends who've played at Primavera before and they say it's amazing place in general.'

3. Sometimes she finds festivals overwhelming.. 

'I get a bit overwhelmed by big festivals as someone attending them. Just because they're so big and there's so many people and people are getting real wasted. I kind of like just walking around and looking at people and watching bands'

4. There's nothing she wouldn't write a song about...

'Whatever I'm thinking about or going through I try and honour that thought and be honest about it. I guess I try to refrain from purposely hurting peoples feelings in my songwriting because it's unfair.'

5. And she likes seeing artists who are honest too

'Witnessing someone's vulnerability is impressive. When I see other people show that part of themselves, I think people connect with it in one way or another.'

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