Dougie Poynter, of supergroup McBusted, says he can’t wait to hit the stage as the band prepares to perform at Barclay Card Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.
The former members of noughties teen favourites McFly and Busted will headline the festival on Sunday July 6.
McFly bass player Dougie said: “I am always really excited to perform to such a big audience and to headline in Hyde Park is something you want to do as a band.”
The 26-year-old, who grew up in Corringham, Essex, always knew he loved getting up on stage but wasn’t sure exactly how to channel that excitement.
He said: “I wan’t sure what I wanted to do with my life until I started learning how to play bass and singing.”
Dougie joined the band Atiaz when he was 15-years-old with a group of friends from school but this was brief as he soon got the chance to audition for a new band in 2003.
He said: “Tom [Fletcher] and Danny [Jones] already knew each other and wrote most of the songs on our first album but were looking for a drummer and a bassist and I thought ‘why not?’ so auditioned and in the end me and Harry were picked.”
The boys became an instant hit with their first single, Five colours in her hair, making it to number one in the UK singles charts and knocked The Beatles off the top spot as the youngest ever band with their first number one album, Room on the third floor.
Dougie said: “It was amazing and we were extremely grateful. I had a feeling that people would like the first song and when it was received so well I knew it was going to be a little special.”
Since then, McFly have sold more than seven million records world wide, were awarded seven number ones and won a Brit award for Best British pop act in 2005.
But the band decided to take a new route, changing themselves from a four piece to a six piece last year, as they teamed up with Busted legends Matt Willis and James Bourne, to form McBusted.
Dougie said: “We all get along so well, we’re like peas and carrots! It’s like even more of my brothers have come to join in on all the fun that we have!”
McBusted will be joined by a host of other top acts on July 6, including Scouting for Girls, The Vamps, Diversity and legendary boy band Backstreet boys.
Dougie said: “We’ll be on the same stage as some great acts. Backstreet Boys are amazing and so are The Vamps as a new band, so it will be an exciting day.”
He continued: “I look forward to performing to large crowds, it is an incredible feeling and something I always look forward to doing.
“But at the same time, when you’re in front of a smaller crowd, you can have more of a joke as it’s more intimate and you can see people’s reactions when you do something stupid on stage so really I just love performing for anyone and everyone.”
McBusted will also be popping up at Weston-super-Mare on the beach this Saturday and Chantry Park in Ipswich on Sunday.
Dougie said: “We are all enjoying being McBusted right now, we’re having a great time and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
“So for as far as I can see, we’ll be McBusted for quite a while yet!”
Other artists headlining British Summer Time, which kicks off on Thursday July 3, include The Libertines, Arcade Fire, Black Sabbath, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and Tom Jones. For tickets visit bst-hydepark.com.