FESTIVAL REVIEW – Gettin’ Glastönbutlered

By Oliver Butler (@notoliverbutler)

The key thing you need to take into consideration with Glastonbury is that it is not your common garden music festival. I mean, first of all, it’s actually a ‘Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts’, which is true, because no matter where you go in those trillion square acres of Somerset countryside, there is always something weird and wonderful going on.

Whilst yer da was at home complaining about how Jeremy Corbyn and Ed Sheeran was on his telly with 6,000 other available channels, there were a million other things happening. People were indulging themselves in ancient cultures, sampling some of the world’s hottest and most loved musical and artistic acts, and slightly overweight music writers were permanently sipping beer as they thought of what they were actually going to say about Glastonbury.

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Sorry to disappoint you, but there’s no perfect way to describe it. As soon as you sweep through the sleepy village of Pilton, Somerset, you’re greeted by sights that would put Disneyland to shame, and it really is Disneyland for grownups. There’s so much whimsy, magic and wonder as you stroll about Farmer Eavis’ Gigantic Farm of Banter, and the view at night from the hill on which the Glastonbury sign sits is unparalleled.

In every sense of the matter, this festival is huge, and the big name bands are merely just a side show. If you spend an entire Glastonbury weekend just watching bands, then buddy, you done fucked up.

However, my job for this website is literally writing about bands, so let’s talk about that, shall we?

Thursday

Old Dirty Brasstards

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Ooooooooh I’m drunk, and these boys are the perfect accompaniment to any decent session. The tweed-clad army of lads play up-tempo covers of some of your favourite pop and rock songs, opening 2017’s set with a beautiful rendition of QotSA’s No One Knows, followed by Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off, David Bowie’s Let’s Dance, and of course, for the stars of Friday’s show, a cover of Radiohead’s Paranoid Android, all expertly communicated through the jovial means of brass and percussion. Without hyperbole, if these boys played a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night, there’s every chance I’d have sacked one of the headliners off to see them. The Brasstards are the perfect feel good start to a weekend of quality music.

10/10

BANDS SEEN: 1

BEERS DRANK: Got a bit hazy around twenty. Went to Pimp My Fries, then strolling around the legendary South East Corner, on the hunt for some good times. Threw up. A lot.

Friday

Oh God. Is it possible to be this hungover? I can just about move my body and that’s to poke my head out of the tent pod’s little window to retch the last of my pimped fries up. Damn you Pimp My Fries. This Friday at Glastonbury is going to suck even more as in the evening, Radiohead, Lorde, Sleaford Mods, Dizzee Rascal AND Clean Bandit all clash. Fuck this festival and the sheer amount of quality musicians on offer.

Nothing But Thieves

They’re nonces, Jim.

Royal Blood

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8AuiZ0O6Qg

Here’s another hot-as-bollocks band with a second album that’s come out in 2017, which, at first was a bit disappointing, but has grown on me, with live performances of Where Are You Now?, Lights Out, Hook Line and Sinker and Hole In Your Heart strengthening the love for How Did We Get So Dark? 

But it just wouldn’t be a Royal Blood set without jams like Figure it Out, Little Monster, and the almighty Out of the Black closing the set, with a massive cock tease as sticksman Ben Thatcher went into the crowd just before the final riff, only for the camera to pan to LARS FUCKING ULRICH FROM FUCKING METALLICA, maybe nodding to the fact that Lars took over the drums once before whilst Ben got closer to the crowd. However, it wasn’t meant to be, but Christ almighty, what a set!

8/10

The XX

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhZTexVqRCI

I’ll level with you here. I watched these guys from my chair back at the tent which overlooks the Pyramid, because I couldn’t face standing up for a few hours waiting for Thom Yorke and His Gaggle of Weird Lads to show up. But having never really given them the time of day before, they were very impressive, and their airy, synthy sound was the perfect relaxer for a man with a devastating hangover. However, I did have a can. Lovely.

Look, if you’re looking for someone who spent his weekend sober, whilst sticking religously to his itinerary, trying to review as many bands as he could, you’ve come to the wrong place.

7/10 

Radiohead

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGFg0FN2yBU

Bucket list band time here gang. Ever since I got my pubescent paws on a copy of OK Computer and The Bends whilst only really knowing the words to Creep, I’ve wanted to see this band, but in my heart of hearts, I knew they’d disappoint me because of how much I wanted this.

The first bar of Daydreaming and there was zero possible way that Radiohead could disappoint me tonight. I was stood around the WORST people, including a group of LadBible fanatics doing keys of MD, a man in slacks and a fleece taking photos of EVERYTHING, a couple who wouldn’t stop fucking kissing and literally Your Dad singing every word of every song but sulking through Creep.

However, the set was perfect, the notable highlight being the eerie silence during Exit Music (For a Film), turning that song from a 10/10 to a 20/10. Songs such as Ful Stop, Weird Fishes, Lotus Flower, Bodysnatchers and Nude made an appearance because I’m Thom fucking Yorke mate. A friend commented that they’ve got to play Pyramid Song because they’re on the Pyramid Stage, and they did! But probably not for that reason, probably because I’m Thom fucking Yorke mate.

Whilst some bands stick to their vanilla setlists to please all palettes, I can’t even work out what flavour this set was. Aged pistachio or something. But when you get Fake Plastic Trees and Karma Police as some of the final accents, it can be whatever flavour you want it to be. Truly one of the best sets I’ve ever seen. Ever.

10/10

BEERS DRANK: Two! Two!

BANDS SEEN: Four. Ish. 

Saturday

Fresh as a daisy mate. Fresh. As. A. Daisy. I’ve probably had 10 hours sleep, and I’m ready to have halloumi for breakfast. I think I had halloumi. Really it’s hard to work out what happened and when, but one thing I can tell you for definite is that Saturday started with…

Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

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No word of a lie, there were fewer bands I was more excited to see this weekend. When he’s not walking backwards in a studio introducing bands, he’s an accomplished blues pianist, bringing boogie to all the land, and with his full orchestra, oh my, it’s a party!

Jools and his guests played a variety of covers, getting an early afternoon audience up and ready, pumping them full of feel good, including a joyful cover of Enjoy Yourself by The Specials, and an appearance from my favourite, the Queen herself, Ruby Turner.

One thing I would recommend is getting tickets to go and see this man. You won’t have a better evening, I guarantee.

9/10

Craiiig David

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Re-rewind, when I run back to the tent for more beers!

Straight off the bat, Craiiig David was a delight to see, playing a mix of orignal garage, soul and R&B classics, plus a few covers and a TS5 DJ set. It also led to the theory that Bo’ Selecta! did actually ruin Craiiig David‘s life, in that when introducing the stone cold banger that is Rise and Fall, he spoke about coming through adversity and how writing music helped him get through some tough times. Bo’ Selecta! came out in 2002, Rise and Fall came out in 2003. Your honour, no further questions.

But needless to say, Craiiig David had the last laugh, as he’s had a number one album, a UK wide arena tour, played the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury whilst Avid Merrion being about as funny as a haemmorhoid being Keith Lemon. So who won that round? Ya boi Craig did.

8/10

Jeremy Corbyn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVGFi8balOM

“WOAAAAH JEREMY CORBYN! I don’t give a fuck about him, I voted UKIP” – those lads doing MDMA behind me at Radiohead.

Still never know which way Glastonbury leans. Whilst it’s an inherently left leaning festival in that it used to be a CND festival, it is chock full of Tories, and when they try to mosh, they endager the lives of everybody in that pit. That being said, worst you could do is give them a head injury and create a Lib Dem front bencher.

Oh yeah, Jeremy Corbyn.

It was a rapturous reception for the Labour party leader, with the field surrounding the Pyramid packed to the rafters (there are no rafters in fields, but fuck you) for his address, stirring the souls of every person in that field, giving a lucky young boy named Michael Eavis a signed copy of the Labour manifesto. Well jel. Whilst he was preaching to the many converted, undoubtedly there were a few who couldn’t help but be enthused by his message.

1 billion/10

Run the Jewels

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Another tent special. Good guys, good sound, good message.

7/10

Liam Gallagher

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Oh my God. This guy is literally Your Dad. He’s in his anorak, trying to sing Oasis coverOH it’s Liam Gallagher. If you were at that gig, please let me know if you were also there, purely for him to say “Oh and by the way, this is my brother Noel“.

In defence of the lesser of the two evils, sound quality plagued the Other Stage for the entire weekend, but the sound quality was still dire, as an anaemic crowd tried to pretend they gave a shit about Wall of Glass. Sure he played Rock n Roll Star, Morning Glory and Slide Away, plus an emotional rendition of Don’t Look Back In Anger, but there was little substance to this set, making the fact I ran out of cans even more upsetting. Jesus.

4/10

Katy Perry

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Caught the last bar of Roar, because it takes 9 years to walk anywhere ¯\_()_/¯

The National

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Mad how Jurgen Klopp manages Liverpool and also fronts The National. Top boy all round. Being honest, I’ve got little to no interest in The National and couldn’t work out why they were sub headlining Saturday but the Eaviseseseseses are absolute r/madlads, so you’ve just gotta ROLL WITH IT, GEDDIT?! Oh wait, Liam Gallagher was the last act.

Yeah these guys sounded pretty good, and drew a decent crowd, but I can’t say I’d ever listen to them again.

7/10

Foo Fighters

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The more I think about it, the more I realise Foo Fighters is a ridiculous name for one of the world’s biggest bands, but Dave Grohl could start a band named All My Fans Are Cunts and I’d still lap up every note.

Two years ago I was pencilled in to see the Foos twice in two weeks, once at Wembley, and once at Glastonbury, until Dave selfishly broke his leg. Bastard. So this, in many ways, was a redemption gig. Opening the set with Times Like These, dedicated to Florence from Florence and the Machine, who performed the same song two years ago in their headline slot, you knew it was gonna be a good’un.

The thing about Dave Grohl, much like Thom Yorke, means that little to no fucks are given about setlist content. Which is why cats like Cold Day in the Sun, Wheels and Skin and Bones were thrown in amongst the pigeons of All My Life, The Pretender and Monkey WrenchSonic Highways hit Something from Nothing also seems to be a setlist mainstay these days, which is good, because it’s a high-grade banger, along with medium-grade banger Congregation. Brand new banger Run also got a… wait for it! Run out!

The negative points on this report card? No guests. I’ve seen these guys perform motherfucking Under Pressure with goddamn John Paul Jones and christing Roger Taylor before, but there were no special guests this time. But a cover of Under Pressure performed with Taylor Hawkins doing the vocals so that counts, I guess?

The high point of this set? The Everlong ending. Because quite frankly, if anything could ever be that way forever, if anything could ever be that good again, my word.

10/10

BANDS SEEN: Seven. Ish.

BEERS DRANK: So many. At least thirty. Ended up at a silent disco and a communal sleeping tent that honked of incense. N.B. It was a communal sleeping tent, and not an invasion of someone’s tent. 

Sunday

Hungover as fuck, gotta go load the car, so the first band I saw today was in the late afternoon and it was…

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes

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He’d be the first to admit it, but Frank Carter is a bona fide madman, and his Sunday teatime slot with The Rattlesnake just adds to that theory. Clad with pink hair, white jeans and a sheer white shirt, the punktastic prince angrily wrangled his way through Sunday afternoon, stopping to throw an entire bottle of piss back in the face of a lad who threw piss at him first during Juggernaut. A madman. A legend. An idol. Tried to start a circle pit through the whole of the tent. Killers fans weren’t having it. Mugs,

The beauty of a Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes set is that you’re guaranteed hits, and with Snake Eyes, Jackal, I Hate You and Lullaby being charmed out the snake basket, it was business as usual from an energetic and enthusing set. Another particular highlight was getting a girls-only crowdsurf during I thiiiiiink it was Devil Inside Me, threatening to decapitate any handsy male who tried groping them, stating that we are all equal, to which the Andy Dick looking motherfucker creepily rubbed his hands together when the subject of groping young women came up, and sulked when Frank said that we were all equal. I hope you do get decapitated, pal.

9/10

The Killers

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Best part about where we camp is that we can hear about four stages clearly. I heard The Killers. In this same time period, I had violent diarrhoea. Go figure.

Chic

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I also heard funktastic disco legends Chic from our tent, which was much, MUCH better, for am I of the opinion that there are few finer guitarists in this world than Nile Rodgers. This set delivered by the bucketload, featuring, Everybody DanceGood TimesLe Freak, fucking He’s the Greatest Dancer, Let’s Dance, GET FUCKING LUCKY, and Good Times. Also featuring a funk off between Nile Rodgers and Jerry Barnes. Jesus Christ.

9/10

Biffy Clyro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlPt8C5Fnxk

First things first. Biffy should have headline before Sheeran. They’ve got greater pedigree, more albums, more prowess and more fucking everything than someone playing a small guitar. There. I said it. Although someone leaving Chic was saying “I hate Biffy Clyro, he(?)’s shit, ooh, Courteeners are on”. Confusing.

But then again, Biffy were a wildcard. I’d have never painted a band of their demeanour as Glastonbury sub-headliners but they made sure that they secured themselves a second invitation. Definite 2019/20 headliners.

The set was a mix of old and new, opening with Wolves of Winter and ending with Stingin’ Belle,whist throwing Who’s Got A Match?Bubbles, Medicine, Re-Arrange and Animal Style in between those two delicious slices of bread. Also they threw in Puzzle album track 9/15ths because why not? It’s fucking brilliant.

Seriously though, Biffy delivered in a big way, and proved their worth as certified festival headliners.

9/10

Boy Better Know

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_BzqnpyVM8

My relationship with BBK is strained at best. Whilst I remember the days before JME and Skepta had albums and were world renown, I just can’t seem to enjoy a live set, and neither did Glastonbury, as barely anybody showed up. To be honest, the only song I really recognised was That’s Not Me, leading me to realise I’m quite behind on the times with BBK, but will forever remember playing songs like Serious and Doin’ It Again on repeat. Sometimes, the past is best left in the past.

6/10, I guess.

WEEKEND VERDICT

Yet again, this magical festival met my expectations and exceeded them. I had a fantastic weekend with quite literally, all my friends, having a laugh, getting drunk and mooching around the numerous exciting and interesting areas, sights, sounds and indeed, smells, this festival has to offer. Sure I could’ve spent my weekend religiously seeing a lot of bands, but there’s no fucking fun in in that. I could’ve been up, bright and breezy to see someone I’ve never heard of who might be alright, but I’d be on my own, or I could’ve gone for a greasy breakfast and had a few cans with my friends.

What I’m trying to say is that music is beautiful, it’s wonderful and it’s lifesaving, but it’s meaningless if I can’t enjoy it with my pals. They’re the real headliners of any festival, and the highlight of any set. I had a fucking great weekend and had gotten my money’s worth by Wednesday evening, because we were all having a laugh together.

So here’s my final review:

My Pals

A great set from the 14-piece roast-and-booze ensemble, notable highlights including Broken Chairs, Stone Colding Beers, Dancing to Bassline Junkie in the Tent and of course, Saturday Night Piss Up. Could never ask for more from an act.

14/10


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This Week In Music: 12th – 19th March

Covering the biggest music stories of the past seven days to keep you in the know!

Death Grips open up about Bottomless Pit

After stating that their 2015 release Jenny Death would be the band’s last, Death Grips quickly followed up that news with the announcement of Bottomless Pit and last night we got our first details.Album artwork was unveiled by the band on Twitter, featuring a woman with a fairly ominous smile, along with the back cover that had the words “very shallow listening” written on it. The tracklist was also shown off and is as follows:

01 Giving Bad People Good ideas

02 Hot Head
03 Spikes
04 Warping
05 Eh
06 Bubbles Buried in the Jungle
07 Trash
08 Houdini
09 BB Poison
10 Three Bedrooms in a Good Neighborhood
11 Ring a Bell
12 8080808
13 Bottomless Pit

Whilst there’s no firm release date, anyone with very little Death Grips knowledge will know fans can expect to see it launched in yet another unconventional way.

Rumour has it festival goers are split over Glasto announcement

Pop juggernaut Adele yesterday confirmed that she will headline Glastonbury’s Saturday night. The Hello star, the final headliner for the festival, will be joining Muse and Coldplay who will headline Friday and Sunday respectively. Twitter was split right down the middle about the news, opinions ranging from furious to delighted:

Despite the mixed reception, Adele has hit back out at those who think she is too dull to headline the festival:

“And to the people who say I am too boring to headline, you’re more fucking boring for moaning about me headlining”

Fans Biff out over Scottish rockers headline show

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In a week full of teasing from the band over their upcoming LP, Scottish three piece act Biffy Clyro have announced their biggest headline show yet. The band, who have already been announced as headliners for Reading + Leeds, will play at Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park alongside support act Fall Out Boy on August 27th.

The band have released several teasers over the past week that have lead to speculation over their new album, the follow up to 2013 double LP Opposites, being released as soon as this month. Annie Mac will be showcasing the band’s first single Wolves Of Winter off their new album as her Hottest Track In The World on Monday, tune into Radio 1 at 7:20PM to hear their Death Grips and Tears For Fears influenced sound!

Kanye breathes new life into Pablo

Despite being released just last month, Kanye is still tweaking his seventh LP The Life Of Pablo. Earlier this month, ‘Ye tweeted, “excited to see my family and finish the final mixes of the Life of Pablo and keep working on Turbografx 16 and Season 4” and fans on Tidal witnessed these changes this week.

Some changes are more obvious than others with Wolves tweaks being the most obvious, incorporating vocals from Sia and Vic Mensa as well as some simple touches like echoed lyrics. As well as this, an extra track was added by man in hiding Frank Ocean though it’s essentially just the outro to the aforementioned Wolves. Many commentators are describing this as an evolution for albums, making comparisons to other entertainment such as video games that are at an advantage thanks to things like DLC and patches.

RUMOURED: LCD Soundsystem and Radiohead to headline Lollapalooza

Another week, another festival announcement, this time for Chicago fest Lollapalooza who are set to celebrate their 25th birthday in a big way. While the organisers haven’t announced any of the lineup, Consequence of Sound reported that LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead and Red Hot Chili Peppers will be headlining.

These aren’t totally unbelievable predictions considering all three acts are expected to release new music this year. This news comes just a few weeks after Reading + Leeds had their lineup leaked just a couple of days before they were expected to announce it, showing the difficulties organisers face when keeping their festival secret.

Watch The Throne 2.0? Drake and Kendrick collab rumours

It may be a case of enemies turned partners if rumours are to believed about a potential Kendrick Lamar X Drake collaboration project. The two rappers have had some very public beef, usually in the form of tracks such as Compton that has resulted in a tense relationship. Rumours have plagued the internet however, suggesting that the two might bury the hatchet.

Instagram photos surfaced from Drake’s account showing a stack of $2 bills which fans think is no coincidence when considering that Kendrick posted a video on snapchat of him counting bills. While nothing may come of this, the fact both artists are currently making new music means there’s definitely some subsistence to this story.

No Surprises: Radiohead Gigs Sell Out Within Minutes

Following the announcement of a world tour, tickets for Radiohead’s big comeback following years of no activity sold out almost instantaneous. While details about the new album are still non existent, 20 minutes was all it took for the three headline shows in London to sell all tickets available.

Though it is an impressive achievement, many fans were left disappointed and empty handed due to the massive demand, least of all frontman Thom Yorke:

Yorke also warned fans about paying extravagant amounts of money for tickets off of second hand sites, stating that they may not be valid for entry due to the tickets being tied to the person who bought them and their ID.

R.I.P DJ Derek

A post mortem test concluded that remains of a body that were found by police belonged to Bristol DJ Derek Serpell-Morris. Although he was 74 years old, he didn’t retire until 2013 after starting from playing small clubs and pubs to regularly appearing at huge festivals like Glastonbury. Known for playing mainly black artists from various genres including reggae, DJ Derek stood out amongst the rest and will be greatly missed.

 

Thoughts On: UK Festivals 2016

Could a lack of variety result in 2016 being the weakest year for UK music festivals?

It’s that time of the year again. The time where myself and hundreds of thousands of music fans pay close attention to multiple music festival’s twitter feeds to see who will be playing this summer. There’s nothing that can really compare to it; the rumoured line ups, everyone throwing in who they think deserves to be headlining and wading through half an hour of Radio 1 to hear the host reveal a handful of new acts: for music fans, this is essentially Christmas.

However, this year seems to have provoked a different reaction than usual and worryingly enough it seems to have happened in a year that has already been plagued by some worrying news regarding live music. We’re only three months into 2016 and there’s already been word about small venues in the UK being under threat which is a major concern to anyone with an interest in music. Now, not only do we have that to take into consideration but we now have our biggest music festivals in the UK facing a bit of a crisis.

This crisis is highly subjective and comes in two parts, the first being the state of festival sites. Unfortunately to address this I’ll have to take shots at the very first festival I attended and that is T In The Park. The state of T in 2015 shocked me at first as the move to Strathallan Castle came with it an amazing new setting and potential to further enhance certain elements of the festival, allowing the organisers to breathe some new life into it.

However, multiple outlets reported that this wasn’t the case and I found this out personally. Friends of mine who have been attending the festival for years complained about the security or the lack thereof with multiple people reporting the high number of violent incidents occurring at last year’s event. Before you point out the obvious, yes, I know violence at a music festival isn’t anything unusual since you’re bound to get that with the drugs and alcohol going about but when people are having to leave a festival due to the fear of their own safety then something has to be done.

While the quality of T In The Park’s site may be oddly specific to that festival alone and organisers have since said they have addressed this for 2016, the quality of the lineups this year are something that, while not worth having a breakdown over, are worth criticising. To do this, we’ll focus on three of the biggest UK festivals as in previous years they have displayed their ability to be diverse and satisfying. We’ll start with Glastonbury who have announced two headliners so far and the moment I saw both, I had to let out a sigh: Muse and Coldplay.

While I’m always the first to jump in defence of Coldplay for being the music world’s punchline, is this what we really want from Glastonbury; two bands that hit their peak around a decade ago? The rumours of Adele being the final headliner has me even more concerned as anyone who has ever looked at a Glasto lineup knows they usually stand out as being different and, dare I say it, controversial. Kanye, love him or hate him, resulted in a massive debate about hip hop at festivals and was the most talked about festival performance of last year without a doubt. Even before then there was Metallica the previous year who were their first metal headliner : do we really want to see a festival known for pushing itself out of its comfort zone go with the 3 of the safest choices imaginable?

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In addition to that, the number of female acts at some of these UK festivals is laughable. I’m not going to go into some huge rambling, feminist-esque rant about the patriarchy being behind it all or that it is sexist but just look at the T In The Park lineup: the original announcement contained 4 acts out of 41 that feature a woman in it. 4. You can count all of those acts on one hand.

“It’s not that deep” some people have tweeted and for the most part, they’re probably right. The fact there’s so few female acts on the lineup isn’t down to choice but most likely ignorance as there’s so many to choose from that I’m astounded that the number is so little: Grimes, Courtney Barnett, Halsey, Lana Del Rey, Wolf Alice, Little Mix (I didn’t say they were all going to be good) came into my head within just a few seconds of thinking. If a nineteen year old with a blog can name more female acts in that space of time than there is on a festival lineup then something is seriously wrong.

Let’s end on a bit of a positive note and have a look at the Reading and Leeds lineup which, while it’s not perfect, is a tremendous improvement of what else is on offer. Not only is there more female acts on the Friday than there is on the entire T lineup alone but we seem to have a better representation of music nowadays as well as the past. Boy Better Know  are waving the flag for grime which was rudely missed out at the Brits while we get Red Hot Chili Peppers displaying the rock music many will have grown up with. Meanwhile, Biffy Clyro and Foals will be displaying the state of rock music nowadays which, if you’ve been paying attention, is face melting, juggernaut sized anthems that will have everyone in attendance going absolutely awol.

Not to mention Two Door Cinema Club making a return and my personal highlight of Modern Baseball, Basement and State Champs kick starting the Sunday, Reading + Leeds seems to be getting a lot of undeserved flack when really, once you’ve looked past a few of bland acts like The Courteeners and Imagine Dragons, it’s the best the UK is offering this year. A festival that, regardless if you despise it or love it, is showing a great range of acts that will be sure to result in a great weekend.

A step in the right direction.

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Kanye West Glastonbury review

To call Kanye West the most famous/infamous modern day musician in the world would be the understatement of the year. In his career that has spanned over more than a decade, the rapper who was raised in Chicago has faced controversy on more occasions than the likes of Katie Hopkins. However nothing he has done was as seemingly controversial to the public, not even saying that aids was a man made disease, than when he was chosen to headline Glastonbury. A petition made by angry fans, most of which weren’t even going to the festival, gather more than 100,000 signatures. It all looked like this was karma, his outlandish actions and personality finally being the end of Kanye.

Then Saturday night happened.

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It was fitting enough that Kanye has been calling himself a god for the past few years when he made his way onto the Pyramid Stage as he was accompanied by a sea of lights so flashy and glamorous that it was every epileptics worst nightmare. “Throw your hands up high” Ye yelled to the crowd as he started off his set with Daft Punk infused track Stronger, resulting in some movement from the Glastonbury crowd who usually stand about like they’ve been cryogenically frozen. Stronger was the perfect song to start off this performance with lines such as “take this, haters” and “bow in the presence of greatness” showing that his trademark ego hasn’t been affected by the petition.

This was followed up by POWER, arguably the best track Kanye has ever made and the transfer from album to stage is so smooth and unnoticeable that it’s no wonder that the crowd were chanting along. “I got the power to make your life so exciting” strikes some truth when said by Kanye as he continued to belt out hit after hit, rapping his verse off Paris though Jay Z unfortunately never made an appearance though maybe that would be asking too much. Not even comedian Lee Nelson storming the stage during Black Skinhead could ruin his performance though calling Lee Nelson a comedian would be like calling myself an author. At one point Kanye stops Touchy The Sky to mutter “that’s not what we discussed in the dressing room” before jumping into a cherry picker to continue the song nearly hundreds of feet in the air.

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One thing that occurred during this performance that I wanted to talk about happened near the end. As the set ended, West said that the audience were watching “the greatest living rockstar on the planet”. He’s not wrong for saying that seeing as he’s outlandish, controversial, complex and admirable as all hell, the traits that make a truly great rockstar. I saw some folk point out the hypocrisy of folk like myself going mental over Alex Turner’s rock and roll speech but approving of what Kanye said. No offence to Arctic Monkeys but Alex Turner is a white guy who plays a guitar and sings which makes him as much of a rockstar as Ed Sheeran whereas Kanye has delivered some of the most entertaining interviews that I can recall as well as actively talking out about the racism he’s experienced. Although he may not do it as well as the likes of Killer Mike or Kendrick Lamar, to see someone as high up as Kanye still stick to his morals is what gives him the right to say what he did that night.

The set wasn’t without its flaws though. Some songs such as Gold Digger were cut short whilst the song Lost In The World was dragged on for far too long while Kanye went on about why he wrote the song, revealing that he wrote it for Kim Kardashian that was hard not to go “awww” over. Also while singing Bohemian Rhapsody, Kanye showed that although he can rap tremendously, without auto tune his singing is sub par. Apart from that though my only problems were all nitpicks, such as there not being enough old stuff and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t gutted that Hey Mama never got played. However Only One did strike a chord with me and showed West’s ability to make you feel an emotion that wasn’t just excitement.

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Tonight was more than just proof that Kanye can wow a crowd. It was proof that not only does rap belong at Glastonbury but that it’s as essential as any other genre at the festival, something that Jay Z showed 7 years ago and tonight Kanye cemented it. People may have the naive view that the genre is simply only about money and women but it’s simply not the case. The creativity that the genre allows in unparalleled and artists like Kendrick Lamar and Kanye have used it as a platform for their views on social issues which makes them both timeless and important.

To put it simply, Kanye made those 100,000+ folk who signed that petition look like idiots tonight.