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Glastonbury – How was it for you

As usual I thought Glasto was nothing short of sensational, but how was it for you, I would love to know.

Over the next few months, I will be reviewing, all the bands I saw, adding reviews of new stages and bars I visited as well as food and other outlets.


Also I will be doing this from my new self hosted website, all will be revealed in the coming month, in the meantime I will upload some of my favorite photos from the week.

Starting with above, a few shots from people arriving on the Wednesday. It was already pretty muddy by this stage as you can see.


Friday at Glasto 2011 Locked and Loaded

Okay, we spent a whole day reading the Clashfinder and listening to loads of the bands via spotify and this is what we have decided will be our days listening pleasure

Dry the River
Miles Kane
Newton Faulkner
Hothouse Flowers
Mumford & Sons
Primal Scream

Also did Thursday and plan to see

Treetop Flyers
Sandi Thom

Glastonbury Festival 2011 Here I Come

Newton Faulkner in Newcastle.

Image via Wikipedia

Time’s are locked and loaded, I have printed my final clash finder, I have updated my Orange App, to review and pour over whilst at Glasto.
2 more days of work before the Flight to the UK. The blog is updated all previews completed. Now it’s just a matter of having a great time.
What is on my wish list. Well I want to see Newton Faulkner at the Acoustic Tent, to spend an afternoon seeing the sights sounds and smells of that area.
I want to check out the Green Fields on the Thursday and see the Sacred Stone. I want to have that Glastonbury moment that I haven’t planned for, that seems to come around at least once a year and surprise the hell out of you. I have about 6 bands that I really, really want to see and another 1/2 a dozen I would like to see.
I really hope my near neighbors on the campsite are as nice, cool and sociable as the ones the last 2 years.
Lastly I hope the weather is good, that it does not get to muddy, I’m to old for the wet and wild Glasto’s now.


See you all in 7 days 

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 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.


At least 4 stages at the Dance Village this year that are really of no concern to me this year on the Saturday. They are East Dance, Wow, Pussy Parlure and Cubehenge, so I will wrap the highlights into one preview.
I don’t fancy anything at all at East Dance, which is unusual I can usually see myself stopping off there at least once a day. If I am still awake at 3am I might try and find my way to Wow to see Nero, I have heard awesome things about these dub steppers, and there recent single garnered a top ten spot. So Wow could be packed with people or if like last year and it’s freezing fucking cold, I might be tucked up in my sleeping bag in about 5 layers of clothes.
That’s it for me, unless someone can tell me if there is anything cool that they fancy that I should check out.


Alice Gold starts the day with a bang on the Other Stage

The lineup on the Other Stage on Saturday is for me a little disappointing, don’t get me wrong it finishes with a flourish with White Lies and The Chemical Brothers who will both play storming sets, I have seen White Lies twice and they were great and if you need to party hard to finish the day or get in the mood for some late night shenanigans then the Chems wills set the seal on the evening.
It’s the rest of the day that doesn’t inspire me, I have never been able to get into that Trans Atlantic rock of the Kills or the disco radio friendly sounds of Friendly Fires.
Jessie J just appears to be another over rated pop diva and the others are barely worth a mention,
except that is for Alice Gold who has a quirky back story involving Poker nights and Winnebago’s. Her  sound is classic rock but she has energy and is gorgeous to boot, she maybe worth starting the day out with.