Arlo Parks


Monday 24th February 2020

Name, where are you from?
My name is Arlo Parks. I’m from West London.

Describe your style in three words?
Androgynous, co-ordinated, fluid.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Loyle Carner at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. It was my first time experiencing live music, I could feel the bass in my chest, everyone was screaming all the words - I came out of there knowing that was what I wanted to do with my life.

If you could be on the line up with any two artists in history?
Vashti Bunyan and David Bowie because they were both so idiosyncratic and unapologetically themselves - I would feel like I had properly made it.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
The Beat Generation in the '50s, the world of postmodern cinema and bebop in the '40s. All those subcultures were centred around transgression and pure expression - I found that very inspiring.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Plato because I feel like I’d come out of the conversation a little wiser.

Of all the venues you’ve been to or played, which is your favourite?
The Roundhouse because it’s such an iconic, gorgeous venue.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Muddy Waters, the father of Chicago blues, because he inspired so many great guitarists and musicians like Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin but still remains so so underrated.

 Arlo Parks will be heading out on her first UK headline tour in February 2020. Buy tickets and keep up-to-date with all her latest releases at

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