So it’s been a over a week since Glastonbury finished and life has returned to normal. The weekend was full of stellar acts ranging from blues rock heavyweight The Black Keys to the dream filled vibes of Warpaint. Unfortunately I was one of the many unlucky ones who didn’t get to pitch their tent at Worthy Farm and hand to experience Glastonbury at home. I dedicated that whole weekend to watching Glastonbury and I thought I’d voice my opinion on which acts were the best of the weekend. Obviously I couldn’t watch every act and there were some acts who weren’t streamed online e.g. Lucy Rose, TOY, Spector; so this is just consisting of the acts I’ve managed to watch. So here are my 6 favourite acts of the weekend.
Arcade Fire – Before Glastonbury even started I knew Arcade Fire would make the list. Over the years Arcade Fire have built a reputation for being one of the best live bands around and this was no different in their headline performance on Friday night. They brought the party to Glastonbury with a setlist that spanned across their four studio albums. You could tell Win Butler and co wanted to be there as they put everything into their performance. Highlights of the set include their masterpiece of a track Rebellion(Lies) and the mass crowd participation during set closer Wake Up. Arcade Fire continue to impress as a festival headliner and I hope I get to see them in the not so distant future, full UK tour anyone???
Jungle – Every year there is numerous artists that various music publications claim to be the next big thing and are hyped up to a point where when the artist finally releases a record it’s a complete disappointment. This year is no different and the band that’s on majority of these lists is musical duo Jungle. We’re still waiting for their debut full length so we haven’t experienced the disappointment yet but from this Glastonbury performance I think they are actually living up to the hype. Already released tracks such as The Heat were received amazingly by the crowd and their track Busy Earnin’ was sublime. Everything about it was perfectly executed and, well just watch below and judge for yourself. “But Liam, what about their unreleased tracks that they preformed??”, well they guess what? they were awesome aswell.
Jagwar Ma – Personally Jagwar Ma are one of the best bands I’ve ever seen live. Back in May I saw them at Acadamy 2 in Manchester and it was absolutely fantastic. Everyone was dancing and it was like a 90s rave. However at Glastonbury they were playing at about the same time as Robert Plant and Courtney Barnett, who both attracted massive crowds. Luckily loads still came to see Jagwar Ma and had a good old dance it the pouring rain. Jagwar Ma played a set that was full moments where the crowd just absolutely lost it. The highlight was Come Save Me, which they played for a staggering 8 minutes. The drops were, no better way of putting it, orgasmic. Also Stella Mogzawa from Warpaint played on the drums for three of the tracks, which was a nice Glastonbury touch.
Kasabian – The second headliner to make the list are Kasabian. Personally, I think they smashed it. I’m glad they didn’t just focus on tracks from 48:13 and decided to play material from all their albums. Flares were going off every second and Kasabian certainly proved they are at headline status. Also during the track Vlad The Impaler, Noel Fielding came on stage dressed as Vlad. Who’d of thought it, Noel Fielding headlining Glastonbury…
Bombay Bicycle Club – Prior to watching their Glastonbury performance, I had never seen Bombay play live. I sort of had an idea what they’d be like live and they totally surpassed that. Playing a set that mostly consisted of tracks from their latest record, with a few classics thrown in, Bombay delivered a set that was covered in festival vibes. They also brought Lucy Rose and Rae Morris for a couple of songs and created this perfect atmosphere. Bombay themselves really went for it as well and you could tell how much this slot meant to them, I can honestly see them headlining a major festival one day.
The Horrors – The final band on the list are The Horrors. Disappointingly they didn’t play at night so the mood wasn’t just right but it didn’t stop them putting on an amazing performance. The set was dominated by tracks from Luminous and Primary Colours, with Still Life being the only track played from Skying. They also included their cover of the late Frankie Knuckles track Your Love. To top if all of we got to see the fabled Pyramid Synth in action.
So there we have it, my favourite acts of Glastonbury. If you think there are any artists that should be included on the list then comment below, I’d love to hear what people thought.