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Friday, July 03, 2015

Glastonbury 2015 Retrospective - Saturday's Highlights and Lowlights

Glastonbury

Saturday's Highlights

1. The Weather


After the rather miserable cloud and rain of Friday the sun got his hat out of the wardrobe and decided to wear it! Hearts lifted, particularly for those, like me, who had a number of bands on the outside stages on the must see list.

2. Courtney Barnett - Pedestrian At Best


A stunning early morning set from Aussie powerhouse Courtney Barnett. If anyone was suffering a hangover from Friday night festivities then Courtney blew those hangover blues away with a blistering set that took the slacker rock of her latest album and put a rocket up it's arse. This was one of the highlights of the festival so far. Pedestrian At Best was the pick of the songs but it could easily have been any of the set list!



3. The Waterboys - The Whole of the Moon

The Waterboys

I'd been feverishly anticipating The Waterboys playing Whole of the Moon live at Glastonbury ever since they were confirmed on the bill. Mike and the boys didn't disappoint it was everything I'd been hoping for. They made my spine tingle in places that I didn't even know existed.

4. Sleaford Mods - Jobseeker

Sleaford Mods

The John Peel stage was created for bands like Sleaford Mods. Their set was uncompromising, antagonistic and angry and one of the highlights of the whole festival. It was the sound you'd expect if you gave a tourettes sufferer with anger management issues a laptop full of beats. It was the only set all weekend that left me feeling both uncomfortable and excited in equal measure.



5. Tom Robinson - Glad To Be Gay

Tom Robinson

Tom's set at the Acoustic Stage was without doubt the best I've had the privilege to witness at all the Glastonbury festivals. I haven't enjoyed myself so much at a gig since, ooh my last Tom Robinson gig in January. He even managed to turn the adversity of a broken string into a triumph with a rip roaring acoustic version of Grey Cortina.



6. Asylums - Saw Your Face in a Music Magazine

I had an agonising choice to make do I exit the John Peel stage to see a band who released one of my top 20 songs of last year, Asylums, or do I stay where I am and catch a band who, with We Are All Prostitutes, released one of my favourite songs of all time. I opted for Asylums and was treated to a mind blowing version of Saw Your Face in A Music Magazine. I made the right choice but it was the hardest choice of the weekend.



Saturday's Lowlights

1. Having to choose between Asylums and the Pop Group

2. Missing Father John Misty

It was a choice between hauling my aching feet to the Park Stage or take the easier on the feet path of the BBC Introducing stage for the raucous and noisy delights of Pretty Vicious. My ears haven't been the same since but my feet haven't stopped thanking me for choosing the Welsh noiseniks. 



3. My aching feet


Saturday's Surprises

1. The incredible guitar skills of Tommy Emmanuel on the Acoustic Stage. What that man can't do with a guitar ain't worth doing.







Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Glastonbury 2015 Retrospective - Friday's Highlights and Lowlights

Pyramid Stage Glastonbury

Friday's Highlights

1. Meeting Tom Robinson at the BBC Introducing Stage

Tom Robinson

They say you should never meet your heroes well they're wrong. I met Tom Robinson for the first time and he continues to be an inspiration. 

2. The Charlatans - The Only One I Know

The Charlatans

Friday's surprise special guest were The Charlatans which didn't come as a surprise to many since Tim Burgess had been dropping non too subtle hints the previous day. Although they did come as a surprise to one clueless member of the audience who I heard asking "who are The Charlingtons". A slinky The Only One I Know was a great way to launch the opening of the Other Stage. 


3. Pussy Riot declaring the founding of the Glastonbury People's Republic

Pussy Riot

4. Stealing Sheep - Shut Eye



The highlight of the Stealing Sheep set that had me re-evaluating my positive but slightly lukewarm review for their Not Real album was one of the Liverpool trio's earlier songs, Shut Eye. Their harmonies tingled my spine like it's never been tingled before. 




5. The Voyeurs - Be Glamorous

The Voyeurs

Be Glamorous remains my favourite Voyeurs song, a song that should have launched the second coming of glam rock, and it was a privilege to be in the Williams Green tent to hear them tear through it. 




Friday's Lowlights

1. The Weather

Muddy Glastonbury

2. Missing King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

An ultimately fruitless trek through the mud from Williams Green to the John Peuel stage to catch Circa Waves meant I missed King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. If I knew then what I knew now I'd have stayed to see the Aussie psychonauts.


Here's what I missed...




3. Wolf Alice and Peace clashing with Stealing Sheep and The Voyeurs. 

Ideally I'd have liked to have seen Wolf Alice (again) and Peace but the lure of Stealing Sheep and The Voyeurs was just a little to great. 


Friday's Surprises

1. The Libertines on the Pyramid Stage


The Libertines

In one of the best kept secrets of the weekend The Libertines stormed the Pyramid Stage and created the second "I was there moment" of the weekend after Pussy Riot's declaration of independence at the Park Stage earlier in the day.