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Preview: Glastonbury 2010

 
By on Friday, 23rd April 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Surely I don’t need to explain to you what Glastonbury is – it’s simply LEGENDARY. Even as an American (though, admittedly, an Anglophile), every year I drool over the lineup, despair at not being able to attend and then scour the internet for pictures and videos when it’s over. Each summer, the enormous site at Worthy Farm (about a mile and a half in diameter) turns into a mini-city for the  largest greenfield festival in the world. Since the first Glasto was held 40 years ago in 1970, the festival has come to be known for its truly amazing lineup, and this year is no different.

One of the perks of being the biggest festival around is that you can get the biggest artists around. This year, the Pyramid Stage will be graced by some of the most recognizable names in music. On Friday night, Irish rockers U2 are headlining, with support from Dizzee Rascal, Vampire Weekend, Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, and Corinne Bailey Rae. Saturday night sees headliner MUSE share the stage with the likes of Scissor Sisters, Shakira and Jackson Browne. And on the final night, legend Stevie Wonder tops the bill, closing out the festival after performances from Paloma Faith, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson and guitar legend Slash.

But it’s not only the main stage that’s worth visiting. Punters will get quite a workout running between that and the other 12 stages, of which the Other Stage, the John Peel Stage and the Park Stage look the most promising. Over the course of the weekend, the Other Stage lineup reads like the index page of NME: The Flaming Lips, Florence and the Machine, La Roux, Hot Chip, Phoenix, the Courteeners, the Cribs, Kate Nash, Editors, Two Door Cinema Club, LCD Soundsystem, MGMT, We Are Scientists, Temper Trap, the Hold Steady and more.

Originally called the “New Bands Tent,” the John Peel Stage features a mix of old and new favourites. Friday night sees Groove Armada share the stage with the likes of Mumford & Sons, Ellie Goulding and Bombay Bicycle Club. Saturday night is jam-packed with bands we’ve featured here on TGTF, like the xx, Foals, Marina and the Diamonds, Delphic, Wild Beasts and Field Music. And Sunday night remains epic with sets by Ash, Julian Casablancas and the Drums.

All the way across the site, the Park Stage will play host to buzz bands like the xx, Broken Bells, the Big Pink, Midlake, Laura Marling, Stornoway, Beach House, Frankie & the Heartstrings and Dirty Projectors, ending with a headlining set by Australian electronic duo Empire of the Sun on Sunday night. And at the risk of making your heads explode by listing even more bands, at the other stages festival-goers will be treated to performances by Mos Def, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Turin Brakes, Imelda May, DJ Fatboy Slim, Crystal Castles, Good Shoes, Fanfarlo and Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip.

If you’re not already overwhelmed by the sheer massiveness of the festival, then you can click here to view the complete lineup. But if you don’t already have tickets for the sold out spectacular, then be warned, it will turn you green with envy.

Glastonbury 2010 is completely SOLD OUT. It will be held from Wednesday, 23rd June to Sunday, 27th June 2010 at Worthy Farm, Pilton.

 

Video of the Moment #133: Wild Beasts

 
By on Wednesday, 16th September 2009 at 10:00 am
 

My first experience hearing this song from Wild Beasts, ‘All the King’s Men’, was on the 3rd of September edition of Lammo’s Roundtable on BBC 6music, and to be honest, I thought this was one weird-sounding song and I couldn’t see it going anywhere.

Fast forward a week, and I’ve now had the benefit of seeing the video the band has filmed to go with this, the second single from ‘Two Hearts’. It begins like an ethereal dream, with pretty maidens in white dresses, described by their record label as “an ode to Girls from Rodean, girls from Shipley, girls from Hounslow, and girls from Whitby“. And how does it end you ask? Press play below and find out.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sxh5zMbNAo[/youtube]

‘All the King’s Men’, the second single from Wild Beasts’ ‘Two Hearts’ album, will be released on Domino Records in the UK on 5 October.

 

Album Review: Wild Beasts – Two Dancers

 
By on Tuesday, 4th August 2009 at 2:11 am
 

Wild Beasts, a Kendal-originated indie band emerged last year with the brilliant ‘Limbo, Panto.’ It received critical acclaim and whilst it didn’t quite shift as many units as label mates Arctic Monkeys or Franz Ferdinand managed to push out, nobody doubted the quality. With such a rare and awkward sounding record many people may have thought that ‘Limbo, Panto’ was one for the novelty pile. A band so obscure that perhaps the one album would be perfect but anymore would tire out the sound. It would be fair to say follow up ‘Two Dancers’ has shafted those doubts in all minds, the band have once again managed to throw expectations out the window and produce a diamond record.

Lead single ‘Hooting & Howling’ with it’s soft distorted guitars is filled with energy and the USP vocals are on top form, Hayden Thorpe clearly hasn’t lost his ‘higher-than-Morrissey’ squeals. Paired with opener ‘The Fun Powder Plot’ the album quickly establishes itself as superior to it’s predecessor. As the title may suggest ‘The Fun Powder..’ is a pun-filled lyrically charming track which acts as a perfect opening to the record.

‘When I’m Sleepy’ is a particular highlight, the soft dream-pop start follows up with elegant yet chainsaw-like guitar tweaks, all layered of course with the most delicate of vocals. The vocals re-emerge on ‘We Still got the Taste Dancing on our Tongues’ which is a faster paced beat-based track with high moans and sleek lyrics: ‘the moon shine plays cheap tricks’.

Track ‘Two Dancers’ is a break from the rest of the record, operatic vocals put to the side, replaced by much  lower (almost effortless) spoken-word-styled vocals. The bass is fuzzy providing a dark and harrowing mood, the tone quickly changes to more upbeat with the introduction of drums in the chorus. ‘This is our lot’ is a bass driven track which starts softly melodic but ends in progressive climax with groans of ‘I couln’t be more ready, I couldn’t be more ready’ – another high point.

The beating drums in ‘The Empty Nest’ begin a chirpier track which ends a brilliant album. ‘Two Dancers’ is exactly what indie needs, the essence of independence (in terms of musical ‘uniqueness’ and innovative experimentalism) is captured in a way that most ‘indie’ bands couldn’t dream of. The perfect sophmore record, perhaps the band summed it up best themselves – Limbo, Panto sounded like an introduction to Wild Beasts and “this is what we do”, this is Wild Beasts living in the moment, reflecting on something that’s happened to us musically and non-musically.” And what a flaaless reflection it is.

9.5/10

 
 
 

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