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Warpaint at the 2011 Laneway Festival

Warpaint at Laneway Festival in Sydney in early 2011, they were fantastic and will be even better at Glastonbury. Make sure you get to see them, they play twice, on The Park on Friday and JP Tent on the Saturday.

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Sunday at Glasto 2011

Sunday at Glasto 2009 - Check out the dude asleep

Sunday at Glasto 11 looked a bit short on numbers but long on quality. Looks like I might start out with my bearded Canadian friend Dan Mangan and then move on to the Mirrors at Oxylers, for a rather underwhelming mornings entertainment, but then it hots up. Foster the People are brilliant and should lead well into Joy Formidable in a double that I will be definitely rocking up to at The JP Tent.
I hope the sun is shining and everyone is relaxed for what should be a terrific show from Bombay Bicycle Club playing for at least their third year in a row and making the big time hitting the Other Stage. Then back to JP for The Vaccines, again this is pretty much a locked in day to this point.
It now starts getting harder, there is a massive choice between Kaiser Chiefs and Pendulum, which will probably not be answered until 7.30 Sunday Night and then to finish off the night possibly QOTSA, Sub Focus, Pete Tong, even The Streets, I love none of them, so it will be a gut feeling at the time as to who I see.
So that’s it really the preview of 2011 Wrapped up, only 10 days before I hit the Sky’s and head over to the UK. I can’t wait.


Sunday at Oxylers

Crystal Fighters last year at Glastonbury

I am deeply saddened that the Queens Head is no more, I am close to writing to the festival organisers and having a moan, last year I spent Thursday afternoon and evening there and Saturday afternoon seeing 4 great bands. It is a favourite tent and was a great area opposite the Bourbon bar. What am I going to do this year. Supposedly they have moved the Queens Head to the Dance Village and joined it with the West Dance and renamed it Oxylers. I googled Oxylers to see what it meant but it appears it is just a former area and a bridge in the site itself. Even my blog turns up on the front page of the google search. I dare you, google it yourself. Anyway Sunday at Oxylers is pretty impressive especially the start of the day. I am told and so believe that The Mirrors are going to be worth checking out, I am not checking them out myself so that I will be pleasantly surprised when I see them. Next up are Esben and the Witch, for anyone who reads this blog will know that I panned their album earlier in the year and was then roundly derided by a good reader so I hope to be able to check them out live, by the way I still can’t get into the album. The Cults are next and then the Crystal Fighters, I saw them last year and rather enjoyed their quite visual stunning show, the guys are heaps of fun and their dance infused indie is interesting,unfortunately they played when England were getting stuffed by the Germans so there was a smaller than expected crowd, hopefully they will get a much bigger crowd this year. Metronomy also will be well worth catching and finally headlining are Sub Focus, who are meant to be awesome live, a friend caught them recently in Sydney and said they were superb,a hard choice between them and QOTSA to end the evening with.


Sunday at Leftfield and only 17 days to Go

Sorry Billy Bragg but one of the lowlights of my 2010 festival was the time I spent at Leftfield. Admittedly I was feeling a bit crap, but I left halfway through the extended rant at bankers and went and had a beer at the bar opposite. So it it unlikely that I would visit or recommend going to Billy’s big round up.
It is quite an eclectic mix on the Sunday evening with 12 piece ensemble Bellowhead headlining.
It has been announced recently that Hard Fi will headline the Saturday, I’m a big fan of Hard Fi, seeing them during their triumphant 39 night run at Brixton Academy back in 06. In fact Billy Bragg supported them, so there association goes back a number of years.
In fact With Kid British on before them Saturday night at Leftfield looks quite appealing.


Sunday at the Acoustic Tent

I wasn’t really going to preview the Sunday at the Acoustic Tent, because I didn’t really fancy anything, but then I read the article about the tent on the official website and had to put something more on the blog. It’s a great article and makes me feel shit that I haven’t been in the past couple of years. I do remember the Portishead debacle, we didn’t go see them because the rumors all day was that it was just getting more and more packed and you wouldn’t get a sniff of seeing them, seems that was true. Headlining on Sunday is Suzanne Vega and I am sure she will be great. Deacon Blue headline the Saturday a real blast from the past.
Now though what was previoulsy only pencilled in, Newton Faulkner on the Friday is a definite. I plan on going for dinner and a few beers and spend a nice leisurely Friday evening there. Now I just have to work out hoe to get there.


Sunday at the Avalon Stage

I haven’t reviewed the Avalon Stage previously, but as stages go it’s pretty good, and would be a 2nd stage at a lot of festivals. On the Friday, Kt Tunstell, The Beat and Barenaked Ladies are playing which is pretty impressive. On the Saturday one of my Favorites Newton Faulkner returns to the stage after a well received performance last year, but the Sunday is without parallel.
Opening up on the Sunday are Emerging talent finalists Louise and the Pins check them out at http://flyingwithanna.wordpress.com for more information and a video of them.
Also early on are one of my all time favorite bands The Wombles. I actually saw them live when I was about 8, I hope I was about eight because any older than that and that admission becomes a bit embarrassing. The Wombles writer Mike Batt sure knows how to write a tune, and I am sure that the place will be packed to the gills. Later in the evening areThe Low Anthem and City and Colour and again I think the place will be packed for 2 of the more interesting bands from the other side of the Atlantic.
The Avalon Stage has outdone itself this year, I really hope I finally make it here to see someone this year.


Sunday at the John Peel Tent

Foster The People

Sunday doesn’t hold a candle to the other days as far as bands go, but it still manages to have a few gems hidden away, not least 2 pearlers early on at the JP Tent. That is Foster the People whose album I am loving at the moment, they have that Mgmt feel to them, I think they will completely slay the crowd which will head nicely on to some real rock moments with The Joy Formidable. It should be a cracking couple of hours. Also playing the JP Tent a little later on will be The Vaccines. I think I will have probably have missed them on the Friday due to a clash, so will be looking forward to this with I imagine loads of people saying how awesome they had been on The Other Stage on the Friday. The Streets close off the JP Tent for the week, and they should have the place rocking.


Sunday at the Other Stage

A bit of a mixed bag on my favorite main stage for the Sunday. Dan Mangan starts the proceedings, I stopped off to see him open the JP tent on the Sunday last year but wasn’t that impressed. Clare Maguire is up next, to me she is the least talented of the female singers that have arrived on our doorstop in the last year or two. I haven’t seen the Cold War Kids but know loads of people who rate them and Noisettes are not my cup of tea. So it’s Bombay Bicycle Club who will probably be the first band I will trot up to see on the Sunday on the Other Stage, I loved their last album which is acoustic, so will be interesting to see how they go on the big stage. Like Laura Marling a more intimate stage would have been preferable although they have their rockier sound to fall back on. I will give TV on the Radio a miss and also The Eels. I must admit a guilty pleasure for the Kaiser Chiefs who have a great back catalogue and some fabulous tunes, and what a contrast to Beyonce we have headlining, QOTSA, I never thought I would write that abbreviation in my Glasto blog. Anyway I am told that they are awesome live and it’s not worth listening to any of their albums as they go off on complete tangents when they play. I wonder if they will get Dave Grohl to play with them.


Sunday on the Pyramid Stage

Glastonbury ends the week with another slice of American pop. Last year it was Stevie Wonder, this year it is Beyonce. I nearly went to see Stevie last year, but the massive crowd, the biggest I have ever seen at the Pyramid was a massive turn off. This year you won’t find me within a mile to see Beyonce. Well thats not strictly true because there is a good chance I will be there before her to see Pendulum. I saw them in 2009 on the Other Stage and they were one of my highlights. I hadn’t heard any of there stuff but they blew me away.
The only reason I may not see them is my fear of the Pyramid Stage and the massive crowds that are there, I prefer some of the smaller stages.
The rest of the Sunday lineup is pretty much mainstream pop and pretty disappointing, the likes of Don McLean and Paul Simon should be found at the Harvest Festival or on the

Avalon Stage not propping up a tired day at the Pyramid Stage. For me the only other singer I would bother with would be Laura Marling, whose last album is sublime, but I would prefer to see her somewhere much more intimate than at the huge expanses of the Pyramid.


SATURDAY

Saturday is looking like a great day to go tenting. That’s the John Peel tent. I have planned most of my day there and to finish off the night there before heading dancing in the early hours of the morning.
I will start the day by choosing between Alice Gold and Stornoway, no decision yet made on that one.
Then I will grab my gins handbag and head to the John Peel tent for Yuck, Dry the River , Anna Calvi and Warpaint.
Pretty damn awesome if you ask me. I’m not sure what I will do after that no firm plans, but will be seeing White Lies at the Other Stage and finish off with Glasvegas. I will probably miss Elbow, as long as I have tickets in place to see them in a cuddly little venue in Sydney in Late July.
Then if legs are willing I will set off to finish the evening dancing, with John Digweed, Dave Seaman and Nero.