DESPITE McFly bassist Dougie Poynter being deeply superstitious, he will join the multi-selling band on stage at Tynemouth Priory on Friday the 13th.
In the wake of the recent floods, and with a history of torrential downpours, the Mouth of the Tyne Festival looks doomed to always be blighted by bad weather.
But it will take more than a drop of rain to put Dougie off.
“Gigs tend to be better if it’s raining because people can’t sit down.
“We have played some of our best shows in the rain. Everone has to jump around to keep warm, so I say – ‘bring on the rain!’,” he said.
“We are all really superstitious – there’s a band that we now can’t listen to because if we do it just brings us bad luck.
“Because it’s Friday the 13th our belt buckles will probably break and our trousers will all fall down.
“We are always, always excited to play and we are not blasé so it will be amazing to play in a historical building like the Priory.”
Fans of the band can expect a string of famous hits next week – and the possibility of hearing some of the band’s latest material.
“It is about making sure that everyone there is 100 per cent involved,” he said.
“We want to satisfy all ages groups and everyone that is there, from really small kids to the grandparents, it should be entertaining.
“It’s actually better if we play bad because then we just talk a lot.”
2011 was a bit of a rollercoaster for Dougie, pictured, who started the year checking himself into rehab where he received help for depression, to finishing on a high of being crowned King of the Jungle in ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here.
“It was certainly a year I will never forget, there were a lot of ups and downs,” he said. “But the jungle was just awesome. I met a lot of amazing people that I’m still friends with now – I texted Mark (Wright) yesterday and I saw Willie (Carson) the other day.
“Mark is the same age as me and he wasn’t the sort of guy I thought he was going to be, he wasn’t the way he was portrayed in The Only Way Is Essex, he was compeletely different to that.
“It was a lot of fun, it was very chilled out for me.
“It was like a detoxing from dairy holiday, you know if you detox from dairy you feel a gazillion times better? It was like that – a daily rehab with insects.”
Buy would he do a Katie Price and go back?
“I would definitely do it again,” he said, “I never thought I would win. They gave me and Mark a whole bunch of food on the last night for doing a task and we were leaving on the same day so we weren’t really fussed about who won, we just wanted to leave together and see our friends and family – there wasn’t any rivalry.
“Seeing my girlfriend again was amazing. I am away a lot anyway, but not being able to text or ring makes all the difference,” he said.
“If you cut all ties, after a few days you feel extremely vulnerable, you are in the jungle with a bunch of strangers that you don’t know and you are just missing everyone intensely.”
It seems just a moment ago that the fresh-faced teens of McFly burst onto the music scene with the catchy Five Colours in her Hair, and now it would appear the boys are growing up – with Tom now a married man, and Harry engaged.
Will Dougie be following suit with girlfriend Lara Carew-Jones?
He added: “The world is meant to end in December – even Michael Jackson said so, that’s why he was doing his final show – so we won’t have a chance.
“Actually, I might plan the most expensive wedding you’ve ever seen, with elephants, fire-breathers and the Red Arrows spelling out ‘congratulations’ in smoke – and plan it for January 1, knowing the world is going to end.
“Knowing my luck then it won’t though!
“Seriously, though, we will have two weddings this year, so not for a while yet. Maybe in five years, acutally I’ll be 30 then, maybe before then.”
Despite growing “old and boring”, the band have shown no signs of slowing down just yet.
“I have been in this band for nearly ten years, growing up in a band you share everything that goes on, it’s not like being a solo artist, the pressure is nowhere near as intense,” he added.
“I have grown up with three other guys, so I left my family and Harry taught me to shave – they are like my older brothers and father figures, but less creepy.”
The band are now busy penning a new album on their own label, Super Records, that is hoped to hit the shelves next Spring.
“This is the first time we have written too many songs,” he said.
“We have a lot of songs and we are producing and writing for other people as well, we don’t have a definite release date which is good for us as we are just writing.
“It’s great having no pressue at all for the new album – we know we are going to write a whole bunch of new songs.”
Not content with five best selling albums and a career in pop spanning almost a decade, the 24-year-old also owns his own clothing range, and is due to release a children’s book, written with bandmate Tom, later this year – as well as a band autobiography.
“But what happens when McFly get bored, is that we write books.
“We have an autobiography coming out at the end of the year, and the kids book started out just as a joke.
“We were messing around and wondered how far we could push it – we mixed Christmas, dinosaurs and poo together and created a magical festive tale,” he said.
“It just proves that good things come to those who mess around.”
McFly will be at Tynemouth Priory on Friday, July 13. Tickets priced at £25 each are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk