Glastonbury News: Day One


It was a strange mood that pervaded across Glastonbury yesterday as the overnight referendum news sank in like a heavy boot into the mud. 

Even rumours of a secret Radiohead performance (still only rumours) weren’t enough to lift spirits. 


Sir Michael Eavis popped over to cut a ribbon on the Other Stage to open the festival and was downbeat as he did so, with the start delayed due to over-running engineering works designed to make the area in front of the stage safer and considerably less quagmire-y.

Because yes, it is muddy here. It’s dirtier than politics and muddier than the thinking of the electorate. 


James were thus a perfect choice to lift the spirits, with opening song (and last single) “Nothing But Love” fitting in seamlessly with older favourites including “Come Home”. Lead singer Tim Dodd’s jerky dancing and frequent crowd surfing warmed up the crowd. James also addressed the political issue of the day, dedicating “Tomorrow” to the “Beautiful people who voted remain”…

Closing song “Laid” was a triumph, and in the new material James showed they still have plenty to offer. 


In the afternoon Two Door Cinema Club played to an enthusiastic and vocal crowd and Jess Glynne’s seventies-style soul sung over modern dance beats went over well. 


ZZ Top was the Friday band I most wanted to see however, and they didn’t disappoint, delivering a lesson in how to appeal to a mixed crowd of festival goers. 


Billy Gibbons displayed his blend of unique guitar-playing skills and showmanship with hits “Gimme All Your Lovin'”, “Legs” and old favourites “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide” and “Tush”.


A typically bombastic set from Muse at The Pyramid Stage closed the first day. 


More tomorrow, assuming I don’t drown in the mud in the meantime…



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3 replies

  1. I am really enjoying your nice short & punchy blogs. Keep them up! I would like to say I wish I was there, but in my soft middle-age I am not battle-hardenend enough these days! Cheers.

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  2. I get a kick out of watching Frank Beard! He has all these drums but he plays like he’s in slow motions yet he keeps pace with the others…..
    Good stuff Sir!

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