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T In The Park 96 Interview: Manic Street Preachers - Daily Record, 12th July 1996

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Title: T In The Park 96 Interview: Manic Street Preachers
Publication: Daily Record
Date: Friday 12th July 1996
Writer: John Dingwall

Welsh rockers The Manic Street Preachers are looking forward to T In The Park - even though they hate pop festivals.

Bassist Nicky Wire shocked fans at last year's Glastonbury festival when he said: "I hope they build a motorway through this field."

But the band don't have any problems about returning to Strathclyde Park, because of the fantastic reception they got two years ago.

Nicky said: "It's true I'm not the biggest fan of festivals and that's why I said that at Glastonbury.

"They're usually full of hippies with loads of hair dye clothing.

"But we played at T In The Park two years ago and it was a much better audience.

"I'm looking forward to seeing Teenage Fanclub, because we supported them at our first ever show in London. There's an affinity there.

"But I won't be hanging around to see Keanu Reeves and Dogstar. Not after renting Little Buddha on video."

The band, who take the NME stage at 5.30pm on Sunday, are still getting over the disappearance of troubled guitarist Richey James Edwards.

Richey, who had a history of alcohol abuse, anorexia and self-mutilation, hasn't been seen since he walked out of a London hotel in February last year.

His car was later discovered at the Severn Bridge, but there was no trace of Richey - despite a massive police search.

And that has fuelled hopes that he has simply gone into hiding.

Nicky said: "I believe he is out there. I get the feeling deep down that he is still alive, but it's not based on any facts or evidence.