George Ezra on Festival Life


Aidin Vaziri | George Ezra, the guitar-slinging British troubadour whose hit “Budapest” has made his gravelly baritone voice one of the most familiar on the radio this year, was one of the biggest draws at this year’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco. We caught up with the 22-year-old star shortly before he charmed an audience of 30,000 people (maybe more), and he told us why he prefers playing small rooms rather than giant fields and who would top his dream festival bill. Ezra, touring in support of his debut album, “Wanted on Voyage,” appears at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in September.

Q: Do you feel like you’re getting your festival legs?

A: Last year was our first summer of festivals — everything was new to us. It’s nice being able to jump into this year with a bit of experience behind us.

Q: What’s your secret weapon for winning over the distracted hordes?

A: That’s what festivals are about. There will be fans there, curious people and a lot of people getting on with their festival thing. If you can soundtrack somebody’s memory, that’s a beautiful thing.

Q: Can you recall your favorite festival moment ever?

A: I was probably 16 and out of my tiny mind.

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