The Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festival returns to Desert Breeze Park at 11 a.m. March 29. In its 19th year, the all-ages fest is almost old enough to drink … if drinking were allowed there. This year’s musical lineup is spread across four stages and 11 hours. Highlights include Taking Back Sunday, The Used and Killswitch Engage, as well as feats by BMX dirt jumpers and pro wrestlers. We spoke to keyboardist Jordan Fish of U.K. metal band Bring Me the Horizon about what it’s like to perform at music festivals.
What do you love about the crowd?
When you’re touring for two months, the crowd is about the only thing that changes. Everything else is pretty much the same: You wake up, sit around in the dressing room all day and do nothing. [Laughs.] The only important thing really for us is if the crowd is good.
What inspires your music?
I was a kid who went to gigs like everyone else who comes to our gigs. The bands I was into when I was 16—Limp Bizkit, Deftones and Korn—made me think I wanted to play. Then I started a band that wanted to sound just like Deftones, except we were shit.
Do you enjoy playing festivals with a wide range of bands?
It’s the same type of thing that I was excited about when I was younger. Last year on the Warped Tour, there were a few bands we went to see on the small stages. In fact, we hadn’t even heard of Issues until the Vans Warped Tour, and we basically booked them for our tour off the back of that.