Like every bloody year, I found myself watching Glastonbury at home, not in a field like I should be unaware of what day, time or year it is. However, thanks to the BBC’s thorough coverage, I was able to at least catch a few acts from the comfort of my living room; a slight consolation.
I didn’t get to watch as much as I would have liked down to a combination of being glued to Wimbledon and being unable to see through my tear filled eyes, but from the snippets I did see, these were some of my highlights.
After their set in 2007 wasn’t exactly critically acclaimed, it was important that the Sheffield lads proved to the doubters that they were worthy of the headline slot, and boy did they deliver. Their set was incredible; I would happily have given my right arm to be in that crowd (although this would have made clapping tricky). The orchestral version of ‘Mardy Bum’ was simply exquisite, although my absolute highlight of the set would have to be the set opener, new track ‘Do I Wanna Know?’. However, Alex Turner’s shoddy American accent did irritate me a bit, I think part of their raffish charm comes from their Sheffield roots, and it’d be a shame to lose that.
Lianne La Havas
Caught this set by accident. I’ve been a fan of Havas for a while, but to be frank if I were at Worthy Farm I don’t think I would’ve made the effort to go and see her. However, after seeing this performance, I’d definitely reconsider that – she was incredible. The whole crowd was entranced, and so was I. Tracks such as ‘Forget’ and ‘Is Your Love Big Enough’ were particularly well received, and were a perfect accompaniment as the sun began to set. To top it all off, she looked just as good as she sounded, and seemed like a genuinely nice person too.
I was lucky enough to see Ben twice last summer (first name terms because those two occasions mean we’re best mates) and he sounded incredible each time. His rise to fame has been astronomical but he still seems down to Earth which is commendable. It looked like the crowd enjoyed the Devon lad’s set just as much as I did last summer, and I don’t blame them – top stuff.
One would be forgiven that our mate Jake (he’s from Nottingham, therefore our mate) would be nervous playing the Pyramid Stage at the tender age of 19, but if he was he certainly didn’t show any signs of it, his voice sounded perfect and suited the hazy Friday afternoon to a tee. He’s not exactly known for his bubbly persona or charisma, but he let his voice do the talking, and did it very well.
Despite the omission of Flavor Flav, these oldies showed they still have the ability to entertain a crowd. It looked like a great way to bring in the final night of the festival, and they even chucked in a few Nirvana remixes for good measure. The sound of the 2012 Olympics, ‘Harder Than You Think’, was a highlight in their set consisting of classics from their extensive back catalogue.
Chic ft. Nile Rodgers
This looked like the ultimate festival experience; nutters dancing around on stage, jubilation, and crazy bass guitar solos. Classic dance tunes such as Le Freak, Let’s Dance and Good Times left the elated crowd unable to stand still, and Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ even popped up in their buoyant set.
I will be there next year…