Festival season is in full swing and with full length Glastonbury sets on iPlayer for the next three weeks, there’s no excuse not to pitch up a tent in your garden and keep that Worthy Farm spirit alive. Here’s my lowdown on the top five sets not to miss:
5. Royal Blood
These Brighton boys are quickly becoming one of my favourite bands of 2014. Their loud but clean, structured sound begins the general trend of this blog post: ‘If it’s on the John Peel stage, it’s probably great.’
I was definitely guilty of underestimating Kasabian and completely forgot how many great, headline-worthy songs they’ve produced over the years. They were unexpectedly perfect Sunday night headliners, making enough noise to wake up bleary-eyed festival goers and completely convincing me of their mad brilliance from the calls of ‘MOSH PIT, MOSH PIT, MOSH PIT’ 52 minutes in, leading into the definite high point of the set: Club Foot.
Pete Paphides summed up their performance perfectly in this tweet:
These two brothers from Castleton make so much noise, and it’s no secret that I have completely fallen for the grunge sound of the Loveless men. Bloodsports was, as ever, a highlight:
Closing the John Peel Stage on Sunday evening and bringing a tear to my eye, London Grammar provided my favourite headline set by far. It is undeniable that I am always slightly emotional to see the end of Glastonbury weekend. It is one of the main ‘markers’ in my year, making me inevitably reflect on the year gone by and mourn the fact that every other weekend is not full of live music on TV. But even without these outside emotions coming into play, the angelic voice of Hannah Reid rarely leaves a dry eye. Breathtaking is always the word I come back to with London Grammar, and it was just as applicable as ever on Sunday. A beautiful and impressive set.
1. Wolf Alice
Yes, I am biased, but it’s not everyday your housemate plays the John Peel stage. And it’s certainly not everyday that a band show such honesty on stage from their first song nerves, right through to the pure joy, gratitude and respect for quite how cool it is to be playing Glastonbury. This honesty and good attitude is just the cherry on the top of the best cake you’ve ever eaten, because their sound is just fantastic. And I truly believe I’d be saying this with or without any connection to them. Just listen to the shiver-inducing start of Blush, that incredible cover of Wicked Game, and the head-banging energy of Fluffy. Great things lie ahead.