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7-piece funky pop band Picnic release latest single, Girls’ Night today. We got to know the band a little better.

So, tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
We’re Picnic – female fronted sunny indie pop from Sunderland. Me specifically, my name is Robyn and I’m the singer. We’ve been gigging for around two and a half years now around the North East, and the goal is just to play to crowds that enjoy what we do, and have a dance and a good time whilst we’re doing it.

What’s the first record you ever bought?
The first CD I ever actually remember buying with my own money was Elliot Minor’s self titled album in a Woolworths (I know, throwback) when I was 10. That was in 2008 and it’s still often in my rotating go-to’s on Spotify!

What’s your guilty pleasure musically?
Genuinely, I don’t think anyone should ever feel like they should feel guilty about their listening choices, but if I was going to choose anything that could be in that category it’d probably be all the Disney channel stars’ back catalogues. Hilary Duff, the Jonas Brothers, and Miley Cyrus’ “Breakout” is one of the best albums of our generation – if you know, you know.

Favourite film of all time?
Juno! Anything with Michael Cera in is a winner.

Your guilty pleasure film?
Again, I’m not guilty about it one bit, but the Lizzie McGuire Movie. This is what dreams are made of.

If you could recommend one TV series to binge watch, what would it be?
Misfits was the first ever TV series I watched chronologically and I absolutely loved it so definitely that, but you can never go wrong with some Friday Night Dinner or Peep Show.

Your favourite book?
Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson. The film is belter as well.

Who or what makes you laugh the most?
I try to surround myself with people that make me laugh as much as possible, or I’d probably have gone crazy by now! Also, Alan Partridge. It never ever fails.

Who or what makes you sad?
Real talk: the thing that actually makes more sad than anything a lot of the time is thinking about all of the class music that will never be discovered. Think about it, there’s already too much in existence to listen to in a whole lifetime, and the idea of there being bodies of work that could have been my favourite ever that I’ll just never hear because of the sheer volume in the world makes me really sad.

If you had super power, what would it be?
Teleportation, without a doubt. No more public transport, no paying for petrol/fares anywhere, more time in bed – the dream.

And finally, you get to play a board game with any three famous people from history, who do you choose and what’s the board game?
Robin Williams, Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. Cranium. 

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