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An Update on 2015’s Music Festivals

 
By on Friday, 10th October 2014 at 11:00 am
 

Photo above amen from Martin’s coverage of Kendal Calling 2014

The long, sunny days of summer festivals are now fading into distant memories. But behind the scenes things are moving apace. Autumn is the time where festivals are awarded their baubles – most toilets per head, gloopiest mud, highest concentration of dreadlocks per square mile, that sort of thing. And planning for 2015 is already under way. For those of us pining for those heady days and nights, here’s a quick update of the state of play for some of TGTF’s favourite events as we head towards the season before the season of festival season 2015. Or something.

Glastonbury

There’s a new record for Glastonbury ticket sales, many of which sold out before they were even released, leading keen industry observers, and many physicists, to further speculate about the invention of time travel devices in the not so distant future. Which would also explain Radio 4’s spookily accurate racing tips this week. Critics of such a theory point out that surely a time travel device could be put to better use than simply jumping the queue for festival tickets. Which is a fair point, although consider involvement of Britain’s favourite pin-up physicist, Brian Cox – it all starts to make sense. If D:Ream feature on Glasto’s bill next year, the hypothesis will be considered proven.

Kendal Calling

Everyone’s favourite non-mainstream mainstream festival, Kendal Calling has been nominated for four awards at the “prestigious” UK Festival Awards. They won Best Medium Sized Festival last year, and considering this year it was only a bit bigger, they’ve got a good shot at winning again. Suede’s performance is nominated for Best Headline Performance, which it was, at least for this correspondent. I’m not so sure about Best Toilets though – cubicles with no toilet paper or sanitiser within the first hour of the festival are hardly best practice. Mr A. Loos needs to do better. They’re also nominated for Best Family Festival, which brings us neatly to…

Deer Shed Festival

Never ones to rest on their laurels, Deer Shed have announced an expanded site and an expanded time-frame, introducing Sunday night camping for the very first time. Just like every other festival then, although the lack of Sunday camping has long been an attraction for parents wanting to get their kids (and, for that matter, themselves) in a comfortable bed at a reasonable hour for school on Monday morning. It’s back to the past for the first band announcement, which sees Dave Gedge’s Yorkshire indie pioneers The Wedding Present back for their first gig since headlining the first ever Shed. Early bird tickets are on sale today, Friday the 10th of October, at the bargainacious price of £89, so don’t delay if you like punky indie on the hottest North Yorkshire weekend of the year.

PS The Wedding Present are releasing several of their back catalogue recordings as multi-disc sets this October. With previously unreleased audio, TV footage, and ‘ephermera’, these will be for completists only. It’s nice to know there are still some out there.

Liverpool Sound City

And finally… Sound City have opened the application process for bands wishing to play the event in 2015. So for any readers with an unrequited passion to play at a world-renowned career-launching industry event, get your applications in without delay. You can’t fare any worse than Willy Moon.

 

Live Gig Video: Hozier’s surprise appearance at the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury 2014 (Friday)

 
By on Friday, 4th July 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

Yeah, I thought I was through posting Glastonbury 2014 coverage too. That is, until BBC Introducing released this video yesterday of Hozier‘s surprise appearance on their stage Friday. You can watch the entirety of the Irish up and comer’s set below, which included string accompaniment.

All of TGTF’s coverage of Glastonbury 2014 via our friends at the BBC is this way. Our writings on Hozier are here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px_9KS8kViY[/youtube]

 

The BBC at Glastonbury 2014 (Sunday): Dolly Parton plays ‘Jolene’ at the Pyramid Stage

 
By on Monday, 30th June 2014 at 11:30 pm
 

Wherever you were this weekend, whether you were at Worthy Farm or not, us here at TGTF have you covered when it comes to Glastonbury 2014. The dedicated people they are, the folks at the BBC have been working all hours during the festival and feeding us live coverage as it becomes available. What does this mean for you? We’ll be passing along all the best bits to you, our faithful readers.

Depending on the company you were with when the announcement was made that Dolly Parton would be playing the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2014, you either were met with happiness, silence or laughter. I have to admit, I thought the latter: how is (I say this with love) a country bumpkin going to fit in at the biggest stage of the biggest music festival in the world?

Quite well, actually. According to the Telegraph’s Neil McCormick, she stole the show, err, festival. Watch as the audience is putty in her hands during a rousing performance of ‘Jolene’, which included the barrier security getting in the act with their own dance routine to the song. (Really.)

And that’s a wrap, folks! Until next year’s Glasto, this is TGTF signing off. Many thanks to the BBC for including us in the press pool for the event. For more of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage online, head this way.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwBNBcFAFso[/youtube]

 

The BBC at Glastonbury 2014 (Sunday): James Blake plays ‘Retrograde’ headlining the Park Stage

 
By on Monday, 30th June 2014 at 11:00 pm
 

Wherever you were this weekend, whether you were at Worthy Farm or not, us here at TGTF have you covered when it comes to Glastonbury 2014. The dedicated people they are, the folks at the BBC have been working all hours during the festival and feeding us live coverage as it becomes available. What does this mean for you? We’ll be passing along all the best bits to you, our faithful readers.

2013 Mercury Prize winner James Blake closed out the Park Stage Sunday at Glasto. Here is the dubstep boy wonder performing ‘Retrograde’, off his Mercury-winning album, at Glastonbury 2014.

For more of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage online, head this way. Stay tuned for more videos from Glasto 2014 right here on TGTF.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TqyfC_N5ew[/youtube]

 

The BBC at Glastonbury 2014 (Sunday): Kasabian headline Pyramid Stage with ‘Eez-Zeh’

 
By on Monday, 30th June 2014 at 10:30 pm
 

Wherever you were this weekend, whether you were at Worthy Farm or not, us here at TGTF have you covered when it comes to Glastonbury 2014. The dedicated people they are, the folks at the BBC have been working all hours during the festival and feeding us live coverage as it becomes available. What does this mean for you? We’ll be passing along all the best bits to you, our faithful readers.

2014 at Glastonbury was Kasabian‘s time, being anointed with the privilege of closing out the Pyramid Stage Sunday and therefore the festival. I wasn’t sure about the band’s electro direction in their single ‘Eez-Zeh’, but clearly the punters at the Pyramid Stage had no such reservations. Watch the band perform the song below.

For more of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage online, head this way. Stay tuned for more videos from Glasto 2014 right here on TGTF.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3cQmzt1CJw[/youtube]

 

The BBC at Glastonbury 2014 (Sunday): Public Service Broadcasting play their ‘Theme’ at the West Holts Stage

 
By on Monday, 30th June 2014 at 10:00 pm
 

Wherever you were this weekend, whether you were at Worthy Farm or not, us here at TGTF have you covered when it comes to Glastonbury 2014. The dedicated people they are, the folks at the BBC have been working all hours during the festival and feeding us live coverage as it becomes available. What does this mean for you? We’ll be passing along all the best bits to you, our faithful readers.

The always original Public Service Broadcasting have been a huge festival draw since last year, garnering massive crowds too at SXSW 2014, Liverpool Sound City and The Great Escape this year already. So it makes sense they’d go down a treat at Glasto as well. Watch as they break out ‘Theme from PSB’ to the punters at the West Holts Stage Sunday at Glastonbury 2014.

For more of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage online, head this way. Stay tuned for more videos from Glasto 2014 right here on TGTF.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8HKuFjdyvs[/youtube]

 
 
 

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