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Charlie Simpson's perfect weekend

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Musician Charlie Simpson first found fame with manufactured pop act Busted. He later formed rock band Fightstar and is currently touring as a solo artist. He tells us why it's okay to indulge in a cooked breakfast on a Sunday as he shares his recipe for the perfect weekend.

Musician Charlie Simpson first found fame with manufactured pop act Busted. He later formed rock band Fightstar and is currently touring as a solo artist. He tells us why it's okay to indulge in a cooked breakfast on a Sunday as he shares his recipe for the perfect weekend.

It's Friday afternoon. What's on your mind?

I usually go out with my friends on a Friday night so would probably be speaking to one of them trying to organise a plan.

Who normally has the pleasure of your company at the weekend?

I spend most of my weekends with my girlfriend. I usually see my friends on a Friday or Saturday night when we go out and I also like to go back to Suffolk to see my family every few weekends.

How do you prepare for a big night out?

Jagermiester. . .

What's your favourite party outfit?

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I wouldn't say I have a party outfit as such, although I did just buy a pretty awesome party jacket the other day.

You've just arrived at the bar. What's your first drink?

Jagermiester!

What is your favourite nightspot and why?

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I tend to prefer going to bars that stay open late rather than going to clubs. It really depends on how big the group is that I am out with, sometimes if there are loads of us we will all end up going to a club.

What tune always gets you on the dance floor?

Anything by Michael Jackson!

It's a sunny Saturday. What are you up to?

I really enjoy going to Battersea Park if the sun is out. If it's a really nice day, we usually end up having a BBQ at my house. If it's not such a nice day, then the cinema is always usually a first choice of mine.

What's your most memorable weekend ever and why?

I have had so many memorable weekends that it would be very hard to single out one - although I think the weekend I played the main stage at the Reading and Leeds festival for the second time with Fightstar has to come pretty close. It was an awesome show, the crowd were amazing and the sun was shining, so that will always be a great memory for me.

What's the recipe for a perfect night in?

Indian food and a Lee Evans DVD (preferably Lee Evans live at Wembley).

Favourite DVD? And what would you eat while watching it?

It really depends on what kind of mood I'm in. My favourite film of all time is The Shawshank Redemption, but then if I want to watch some comedy, Scrubs usually finds its way into the DVD player or Friends or Fawlty Towers. The thing I have been watching recently which I think is amazing is Breaking Bad. Food also depends on mood. . .

Sunday breakfast - cooked or continental?

During the week it's usually continental, but at the weekend a fry up goes a long way!

Sunday lunch - home-cooked or down the pub?

If I am back at my parents house, then it will most definitely be home-cooked food, as my mum's roast is AMAZING! If I'm in London, there are a few good pubs near my house where you can get a very good roast.

Where and how do you like to relax?

I always find that being out in the countryside relaxes me a lot more than being in London.

You've got a whole weekend off and a wad of money in your back pocket - which country or city would you head to?

I think if I was staying in Europe, it would have to be Barcelona. I have been there a few times and it has to be one of the best places in the world to go out in. I also think the Spanish people are awesome, they always seem to be up for a good time and also you can pretty much guarantee the good weather if you are going in the summer.

* Charlie Simpson plays Birmingham's O2 Academy 3 on Friday, July 1. For tickets, see www.o2academybirmingham.co.uk

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