GLASTONBURY 2015 // MUSIC

So, I covered the general 'oh, look how cool this festival is' in my last photo post here.

Glastonbury has over 100 stages and for that reason alone, if you're a music festival fan, this is a must-see at least once in your lifetime. I've put together a few of my favourite music performances over the entire weekend.

Let's be honest, if we were counting any live performance, the Dalai Lama would be atop this list.

Seven Little Sisters

A few of us saw these last year and had such great fun, we brought the rest of the group back to visit this time round. They're a folk rock country (add a smidgeon of every other genre in there too) band from Nottingham who I would imagine have never failed to get everyone in a room to dance.

Seven Little Sisters are a failsafe for a catchy tune and an enjoyable evening.

And afterwards? They even handed out their latest album and I've had it on repeat since.


Bastille

YES for unexpected announcements at festivals and an even bigger YES to Twitter for being available to tell us all when and where these not-so-secret performances are. Bastille were announced one morning so I crossed everything off my stage list and headed to William's Green for a sample of their upcoming album.

The atmosphere was fantastic and their tent performance meant a huge overspill and many fans left outside in the cold. I not being one of them however, had an amazing time. Opening with 'Things we Lost in the Fire', Dan's beautiful voice recapped all the old favourites and treated us to a few newbies. They played almost back-to-back music to make the most of their short set and to be honest, I'm a big fan of a 'talk less, sing more' live performance.

I can't wait for their new album and I'll be booking a ticket for their next tour, that's for certain.


Catfish and the Bottlemen

Having seen this band before in Leeds we knew it would be a good gig. They've leapt and bounded from 'unheard of' to 'band of the minute' and they could not deserve it more. Every song from their album is a karaoke competition within the crowd and similar to The Vaccines, it's definitely my kinda crowd.

Even in the pouring rain and with a puddle on the stage that was at risk of causing Glastonbury's first stage electrocution, they managed to make it a good show.


The Vaccines

I have to be honest, I hadn't put my heart and soul into listening to their latest album 'English Graffiti' because nothing has empowered me quite as much as their debut. I'm wholeheartedly still trying to live my life as if 'All in White' and 'Wetsuit' were written for me and as they still play the favourites for the first album, I'm happy with that.

The reason this was a memorable show from Glastonbury is because the crowd are just bloody brilliant. It's just the right amount of lairy and we love it. 


Florence and the Machine

Florence Welch is a star. I'm not saying I'm a particular fan of her 'away with the fairies' sort of speeches she gave throughout the show but no one can deny her performance was amazing. It was ethereal, dynamic and 'Ship to Wreck' brought the house (or in this case, a glass topped pyramid stage) down.

As a Foo Fighters fan of course I was disappointed when they cancelled this gig and of course I cried for a few hours about it. However, Florence's rendition of 'Times Like These' was the perfect tribute to a maimed Dave Grohl and obviously, it was a huge crowd pleaser.

As a final farewell, she whipped off her clothes after closing the performance with 'Dog Days Are Over'. To those of you who claimed she wouldn't impress as a headliner of the largest greenfield festival in the world, you were proved utterly and miserably incorrect.


Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls

Aside from the fact I've a bit of a thing for Tarrant (bassist), a show by these guys is always a highlight. Nobody does down to earth like Frank Turner and very few people have the power to write lyrics that everyone in a crowd will sing back to them without fail.

Knowing it was so close (yet it felt so far) to the release of his new album, this was a chance to recap all the old favourites before 'Positive Songs For Negative People' came and stole the show. Emotional rollercoaster as always and I can't wait to see them again at Leeds.



Other notable performances were Jamie T, George Ezra, Alt J and Coco and the Butterfields but I was too drunk busy having a whale of a time to get any pictures.

Did you go to or watch Glastonbury this year?
Who were your favourites?

leanne

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