Glastonbury 2011, June 22-26, in Somerset, England was ridiculous.
Glastonbury is more than just camping and music, it is truly a FESTIVAL! Nine-hundred acres of lunacy including a 24-hour circus, knee-deep mud, open-air nightclubs, an authentic Mexican wrestling ring, cider beer, ostrich burgers, fancy dress, and more mud…and a vein of damn good music running through the whole ordeal.
In terms of the music, Glastonbury is famous for an endless lineup of bands and performers (and I mean endless: several hundred bands, not to mention the slew of fantastic fringe entertainment). There were a few big name artists, namely Queens of the Stone Age, Coldplay, and Paul Simon, that I knew I would not let myself miss, but I left the majority of the 5-day festival open for exploration and discovery. Instead of running around trying to see every single big name act, I paced myself and ended up stumbling upon some musical needles in the proverbial haystack.
If you haven’t heard of Katzenjammer, you probably aren’t alone. But of all the early-afternoon acts I saw this weekend, they were the cream of the crop. Four talented (and cute) Norwegian girls who fused pop-rock with a Gogol Bordello-esque gypsy vibe. They played on a small stage in the pouring rain, but won over the audience with viciously catchy tunes and phenomenal energy. Hands down, this was one of the funnest concerts of the weekend.
I had heard of Eels but never listened to their music. Luckily I was walking by as their set on the “Other Stage” started. I’m a sucker for a good horn section, and that’s exactly what these guys had that drew me in. I ended up sticking around for most of the set; lead man Mark Oliver Everett’s music has some sort of weird nostalgia, even though I’d never heard it. Certainly worth a listen.
Pretty Lights was a show I was lucky to catch.
The Colorado-based DJ usually plays North American gigs with one of my favourite drummers - Adam Deitch (part of a group of talented funk revivalists at New York and Boston’s Royal Family Records) - but as I expected, he was touring Europe as a solo DJ act. I don’t typically like DJ-as-concert sets, but Pretty Lights was different. His heavy sound draws from rock, vintage funk, soul, and hip hop influences, which I think struck a chord with the crowd. People were NOT just doing the unison arm bounce (right hand up and down, left hand holding a drink) as is the case most electronic shows these days. Boring right? Instead, we were dancing our asses off, and definitely not trying to look cool doing it.
Pretty Lights: www.prettylightsmusic.com (All his music is free to download, how it should be!)
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To me, music is like falling eloquently down a long flight of stairs and landing on your feet: It is PERFECT. This blog won’t be, but if you can take something home with you - a new favourite band; a desire to hit up the nearest music festival; a tune to hum in the shower - then this is certainly all worthwhile.
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