With sun prevailing, the most dreaded mud strewn chaos of Glastonbury will have to wait another year to make its mark. What refuses to wait however, is the British stamp of arrival declared across this year’s line-up. From the legends of yesteryears to the new troop of tomorrow, Glastonbury has always above anything championed home grown talent, and this year’s projection of this to the internationally respected stage is no different. With the Glastonbury spectacle hosting a celebration which even Gatsby would find hard to rival, these are the home grown greats to see this year.
Glastonbury is not just one thing, and not just one genre of music for one group of people.
With Worthy Farm being in the Eavis family for over a hundred and fifty years, family ties to all things local is somewhat of a mission statement for Glastonbury as it has been since the beginning – attendance in 1970 being one thousand five hundred, with a ticket price of a pound. With a slightly bigger guest list this year of over two hundred thousand, still the importance and pride found in uplifting our Cultural accomplishments for the world to see remains strong. The biggest greenfield festival in the world with a perimeter of nine miles (that’s a third of the distance from Dover to Calais) opportunity of experience is in abundance here. From listening to Jeremy Corbyn talk on the Pyramid to experiencing the designs of Bristol based creative director for Shangri-La Kaye Dunnings, emersion in all that quirky British culture has to offer is maximised in all mediums here.
With eight of the nine artists performing on the Other stage on Saturday being British, the nations wealth of talent is not only well considered but well remembered, as those with legacy stand the test of time to be welcomed back to worthy farm with welcoming arms. One such mainstay Glastonbury great is Liam Gallagher, performing late on Saturday evening on the Other stage. Revealing anticipated efforts of his debut solo album, Liam follows up his appearance at the One Love Manchester concert to put distance between his new sound and the Oasis days of the past. His title single Wall of Glass to many signals a return to form, leaving band Beady eye behind after two albums to step into front man solo spot light. While the remnants of Glastonbury as a rock festival has in small pockets not been downtrodden (see Radiohead and Foo Fighters head the bill) the loud bellows of Gallagher will resonate across the site to remind you that the rock origins remain strongly rooted.
Bringing a tenderness with smooth south London sounds, new artist Sampha merges a raw and honest vocal with thoughtful melodies to retell personal accounts through great emotional song writing. With precise percussion it is easy to be moved by Sampha, and having just released debut album ‘Process’ seeing this patchwork of emerging talent is something strongly recommended. A powerful album with a strong identity, track (No one knows me) Like the piano resonates instantly. On the Park Stage from half past seven on Sunday evening, a show from Sampha is well worth a visit.
Twenty years exactly since their first pyramid parade, Radiohead return to an already rampant reception. With readers of Q voting that 1997 Glastonbury headline slot the, ‘greatest gig of all time’ holding it in near-religious regard. People in witness that year confessed Radiohead transcended the weather of torrential rain with a performance so powerful, a context outlining perhaps why this is such a huge deal. With a secret set in 2011 spawning safety concern due to pure pushes of capacity, officials after cordoning off the area realised progression to the pyramid would have to ensue. Twenty years on from OK Computer and the critical acclaim that followed, Radiohead return to open a Moon Shaped Pool of nostalgia.
Rag & Bone Man
With all the voice to fill a stadium, Rag and Bone man moves from being British Break through act at the Brit awards to feature on the Other stage on Sunday. Only perusing his music career full time in 2013, his debut album Human is anthem and attitude filled, with singles Skin and Human being regular non-movers across most radio stations. The burly blues pipes grappled by Rag and Bone man register him as the male ode to Adele, with a righteous roar that delves into raw emotion effortlessly. The perfect afternoon stop off for subtle RnB sways, this huge voice stands to be defiant in your direction.
In some ways the modern-day Portishead, the drowsy dream pop duo that form London Grammar offer a calming solace to the rampant rave activity bustling around the Glastonbury site. With new album ‘Truth is a Beautiful Thing’ to watch London Grammar live is to witness a blend of ambient, ethereal and classical sounds capable of transcending you to your ultimate island paradise. Fronted by golden girl Hannah Reid, with brooding vocals placed delicately over deeply ‘emotionally affected’ instrumentals, performing late into Sunday on the John Peel Stage, let London Grammar help you escape into a space of complete care free this Glastonbury.
God and guru of all things jazz and swing, Jamie Cullums position on the Pyramid on Sunday afternoon will give a pristine splash of style to this year’s proceedings. In true fashion of offering minimal acoustic listening’s alongside big bang bonanza’s, Glastonbury brings jazz-pop to pyramid with Cullums soft piano touch. With extreme sophistication his presence, along with Jools Holland playing on the Saturday, shows how well Glastonbury can blend worlds of past and present genre styles.
In all the atmosphere of anticipation, Ed Sheeran will close proceedings upon the Pyramid on Sunday evening this year, headlining for the first time. From busking to filling stadiums, the journey of this guitar mixologist with his acoustic honesty and rhythmic dance beats is extraordinary in its humble nature. In pure boy next door narrative, the title of Sheeran as headline act speaks volumes from Glastonbury. With both its new open-mindedness towards pop presence and utmost push for home grown British talents to have the best seats, this performance giving us A-Team memories to Thinking out Loud serenades, could be something to be talked about for years.
Find out more about the Glastonbury line up this year here.
Here’s to a good festival!
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