GLASTONBURY 2016 FROM THE SOFA

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Glastonbury is over for another year and it’s been another year where we haven’t attended. But, in the warmth and dryness of our own homes, we watched it from the comfort of our own sofa. Here’s what Stuart made of it. DISCLAIMER: BBC have been a little slack with uploading footage so some of the below isn’t from Glasto’16 but all coverage can be seen on the BBC iPlayer.

Foals (Friday 24th, Pyramid Stage)
One of the world’s biggest bands lit the festival on fire with their feral and heavy brand of indie alt rock, and boy did they do it in style. Shame about some sound problems at the end of the set but still, pretty solid otherwise.

AlunaGeorge (Friday 24th, John Peel stage)
English electro duo AlunaGeorge took to the John Peel stage late Friday night and solidified themselves at least in my eyes as one of the coolest modern electro acts around. With revealing red PVC outfits and an upbeat crowd following every action, it made for a set worth catching.

Wolf Alice (Saturday 25th, Pyramid stage)
As one of our favourite indie rock bands around at the minute and ever since ‘Fluffy’ was released in 2013, we were never going to miss this performance and it delivered. A midday Pyramid stage set, but accompanied with good weather and a large crowd of fans. They appeared to struggle to get comfortable until about half way through and once they got it, they kept it.

Band of Skulls (Saturday 25th, Other stage)
Old favourites Band of Skulls took to the Other stage on Saturday, early evening, and as I found out during the show, a new album is on the way. I’ve seen these live before and this performance proved they’ve only got better with time. Maybe that new album has to go on the old ‘Must buy list’.

Last Shadow Puppets (Saturday 25th, Pyramid stage)
Super cool, indie mega group Last Shadow Puppets played the Pyramid stage and as you’d expect from Alex Turner and Miles Kane, it was smooth, sexy and bloody fantastic. I’ve got a few friends that have tickets to see them this Summer and the jealousy factor hit an all time high after this performance. As we’d find, it wouldn’t be the last time we’d see the pair of them that night…

The Very Best + special guests (Saturday 25th, West Holts stage)
One of my favourites from the weekend as far as wanting to really be there, immersed in the party, as the sun was shining. The part London, part Malawian Jazz fusion outfit ran one of the most inspiring and fun filled sets out of all the smaller stage shows I’d seen. A lot of love for The Very best.

Tame Impala (Saturday 25th, Pyramid stage)
In my opinion, the best band on the planet had the daunting task of going on before Adele and they couldn’t have been any better. As shy and quiet as Kevin Parker appears, the stage show was grand, firing confetti out over the crowd as ‘Let it happen’ peaked and sending the audience into a frenzy when kicking off anthems like ‘Elephant’ and ‘The Moment’. Awesome. We also got our second glimpse of Miles Kane and Alex Turner as they danced side stage to ‘Less I know the better’.

Fatboy Slim (Saturday 25th, John Peel stage)
Under the cover of the John Peel stage tent, Fatboy Slim delivered another of his absolutely legendary sets to a massive and adoring crowd, mixing in huge tunes and Mojo20 favourites like ‘Psycho Killer’ by Talking Heads and ‘1999’ by Prince in with his own renowned single releases. Took us right back to Lost Village a few weeks back when we saw him perform at the main stage there. Still a surreal fact that he was in line to join us at the Bureau of Lost that weekend for a secret set in between us as we played our brand of sixties soul, Motown and rock n roll. Unfortunately after a tiring trip he saved his energy for his headline slot. Maybe next time eh Norman?

Adele (Saturday 25th, Pyramid stage)
Wasn’t too sure how I’d feel about this headline performance but she delivered as the world had hoped. Grand songs, minimal stage production and that down to earth common as muck voice throwing out stories and starting conversations individually with members of the colossal crowd. An unforgettable moment in Glastonbury history for us and no doubt her, judging by the emotion on display. Possibly the only woman in the world who could reduce an audience that size right down and make it feel intimate.

Catfish & the Bottlemen (Sunday 26th, Other stage)
Not a performance I was particularly waiting for all weekend but I threw them on and was pleasantly surprised by how much they’d evolved in the small space of a year. I remember seeing their 2015 set and it was good, but not great. In the past year they’ve mastered their art, improved their set, recorded and released another album of material and have learnt how to hold a crowd in the palm of their hands. Congratulations to them.

Coldplay (Sunday 26th, Pyramid stage)
A marginally bitter review here as I’d have liked to be watching LCD Soundsystem but my girlfriend insisted we watched Coldplay, to which she sat and sang all the way through, fantastic. Luckily, they provided one of the most spectacular sights of all time. It was a colourful and vibrant performance, firing out tracks from all of their critically acclaimed albums, keeping a no doubt tired and weary festival crowd singing and moving right to the bitter end of an amazing festival. It has to be said as well that even in the bleakest of times, where the world appears to be falling apart before our very eyes, music, love, endurance and vibrancy will always win and pick us up. Also they carried out an amazing and selfless tribute to Viola Beach who tragically died in a car accident earlier in the year, playing along to a video recording of the bands original track ‘Boys that sing’. An amazing touch and a gift the guys from Viola Beach will love. Not only that but on the request of Michael Eavis they invited Barry Gibb on stage and smashed through Beegees classics, including ‘Stayin’ alive’ which absolutely tore the festival to shreds. Amazing. Eavis didn’t stop there with his giving mood as he gave a performance of Frank Sinatra’s My Way which the crowd seemed to love! Myself and Rob were messaging during this and we agreed that with his voice, he probably shouldn’t be singing but credit where credit’s due, he could hold a note now and then. The man is a legend though and as aforementioned, the crowd were loving it. You could say they felt they weren’t worthy. Get it? Worthy Farm…forget it.

So, that’s Glastonbury done for another year! Let’s hope our review next year follows us actually experiencing this prestigious event!!

Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)

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