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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.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Glastonbury 2015 Retrospective - Thursday's Highlights and Lowlights

Glastonbury 2015

The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts (to give the Festival it's full title) is over and the big clean up has started so it's time to run the roost over the 2015 vintage starting with Thursday.

Thursday's Highlights

1. Seafret - Oceans


A moving and emotional Oceans was the highlight of a brilliant set from acoustic duo Seafret. They performed before a, not so secret, secret gig from Drenge.  Any fans of the Loveless (which auto correct changes to lifeless, which shows how little auto correct knows!) brothers turning up early are sure to have been converted into lifelong Seafret fans.

2. Beth Porter and The Availables - Salty Water

Beth Porter

Beth Porter and the Availables served up a beautiful live rendition of Salty Water, one of my favourite tracks of the year so far, to an appreciative audience basking (and baking) in the Somerset sun. 

3. Michael Eavis opening the bandstand

Michael Eavis Opening The Glastonbury Bandstand

4. The Weather

A blistering start to the festivities with unbroken sunshine and the first opportunity to break open the factor 50. 

Thursday's Disappointments

1. Not cracking open the factor 50 early enough. 

A good likeness of me by the end of the day

There were lobsters casting envious glances at my rather sunburnt face making me wish that I'd been much more sensible and drenched myself in factor 50 much earlier!

Thursday's Surprises

1. The throngs waiting for Wilko Johnson to perform at Williams Green

Wilko Johnson Crowd Glastonbury 2015

I turned up early on Thursday morning for a 10:30am set from Wilko Johnson expecting to see a few early birds. The birds had clearly all set their alarm clocks because the Williams Green tent was packed to the rafters (if tents actually have rafters) and they were treated to a blistering set from the rock legend and Game of Thrones star.