Filed under: 1 | Tags: Bat For Lashes, Bon Iver, damon albarn, Fleet Foxes, roots manuva, The Horrors, the shortwave set, White Lies, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Glastonbury, glastonbury, glastonbury… they say if you remember Glastonbury then you weren’t really there (man). Well I could tell you that I spent my weekend expanding my mind, strolling naked through the Shangri-La compound (yes, that was ME) smoking nettles and discussing the positioning of ley lines behind a king size beard.. BUT! that would all be far too untruthful, because there was more music than you could shake a druid’s staff at to check out. For those uninitiated in the ways of Glastonbury it must be said that the sheer enormity of the festival means that attempting to catch even half of what is going on is impossible. The result is a weekend of very well thought out compromises. Here were a few of mine (click on artist names to see video highlights):
The Horrors // Park Stage // Friday 9.25pm – Perhaps I am biased since I think that the bass line on mirror’s image is the greatest thing under the sun.. but! – the Horrors show did not fail to deliver. As desperate fans ran uphill to the stage, the Horrors tore through their set (drawn exclusively from ‘Primary Colours’). Epic, dark, melodic, squealing deliciousness. First memorable moment of the weekend.
White Lies // The Other Stage // Friday 5pm – Dancing in the dark!! Dancing in the dark!! It seems whatever WL turn their hands to they pull off with finesse. HUGE crowd gathered to watch them kick off their two glasto performances and they were great.
The Big Pink // John Peel Stage // Sat 1pm – The huge John Peel tent was near capacity as crowds gathered to see tastemaker Alex Petridis’s ‘hot tip’ for the festival. Turned up to 11, big choruses, brooding bad ass basslines, crowd hungover but lapping it up. Big screams for ‘Velvet’ and ‘Dominoes’. A very nice glasto debut.
Fleet Foxes // Pyramid Stage // Saturday 4.30pm – Robin Pecknold singing ‘Oliver James’ with the same poise you’d expect from a man facing a bedroom mirror, let alone a 50,000-strong crowd, was a bit of a moment. Sunshine, Fleet Foxes in welly boots, harmonies harmonies harmonies, ‘blue ridge mountains’. I may have shed a tear.
Bon Iver // Park Stage // Sat headline slot – The Park stage is up on the hillside across from the stone circle and looks down over the whole festival. On Saturday night Bon Iver took to the stage and gave a truly magical set. ‘What might have been lost’ echoed through the crowd on ‘Wolves’, as Chinese lanterns floated idly into the night sky. You get the picture. Wouldn’t have missed it for the Boss.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs // Other Stage // Sunday 5.30pm – Head dress. Leather Jacket. Microphone Swallowing. Need I say any more? ‘Heads Will Roll’ made me want to abandon all my morals.
Bat For Lashes // The Other Stage // Sunday 6.30pm – I never quite get over how stunning Natasha Khan’s live performances are. Her voice is breathtaking. The band sounded louder and clearer than everyone else on the other stage on Sunday. This was definitely one of my highlights of the weekend. Spine tingling stuff.
Blur // Pyramid Stage // Sunday Headline – Up there with Radiohead on the pyramid stage in 2003. Mind blowing. The Universal. The Universal. The Universal. Our very own Damon Albarn. Can’t wait to see them again on Friday.
Other scores of the weekend:
Crosby Stills and Nash (David Crosby’s moustache is amazing) // Dizzee Rascal// The Futureheads (secret gig on the cabaret stage. So good) // Falafel // Regina Spektor (‘someone next door is f**king to one of my songs’. yes.) // Shangri-La madness // hot cider // ‘Anvil’ in the cinema tent // SPINAL TAP! // Dead Weather secret gig on Park Stage // Neil Young’s seventeen verses // losing friends on Friday and no mobile then bumping into them by chance among 170,000 people. Bit lucky. // Roots Manuva on Sunday // The Shortwave Set at the Queens Head. //
I am showered, de-suncreamed and de-bearded. Ready to do it all again next year.
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