Saturday, July 04, 2009
My Glastonbury Report,Part 3
After i finished work i strolled down Muddy Lane and visted my friends campsite.My niece Katherine was there.Katherine has been coming to Glastonbury since she was about two years old and she gave me a can of Stella from her and her husband Laurence's brand new tent.Laurence is a writer and has a book coming out next year and is very knowledgeable about music.There was also Sacha and Sean from Bournemouth although Sean is from South Africa originally.Then there was Chris and Jill who are Irish and now live in Bath.They actually got married at Glastonbury and there was Bernadette who comes from County Clare in Ireland which is the home of great music.We sat around chatting about the day ahead and the Michael Jackson news and reading the free daily paper all about Glastonbury which i thought was crap this year and should be stopped because it just makes more litter.
After a while i thought i ought to go hear some music as this is what we were here for.The first band i saw at Glasto 09 were BJORN AGAIN who were belting out Abba songs on the Pyramid Stage.They were really good fun and the girls looked great in their mini skirts and they put the crowd in a good mood for the day.After that i thought i'd take a stroll to the Acoustic Stage which over the years i have spent almost as much time at as the Pyramid Stage.There was an American girl singer on called ALYSSA BONAGURA who i hd never heard of and i didn't think was that great.Then i thought i better start on a slow walk across the site to the Park Stage to see JAMES HUNTER who i was really looking forward to seeing after all the recommendations from my friend Colleen.It took ages to get there but i was in no hurry.You enter the park through this huge ancient stone gateway which they must have bought from a stately home somewhere and transported to Glastonbury.It is really nice up in the park far from the madding crowd with people just relaxing and sitting on the grass in the sunshine.The stage faces away from the festival towards the facing green hillside so the bucolic surroundings were just perfect for the soulful sound of James Hunter.It was easy to get to the front just a few feet away from James who looked really natty in an electric blue suit.His band are great and i have never seen such a likeable bunch of characters since the original Blockheads.James has a great voice and is a supurb guitarist and has great moves that would be the envy of Chuck Berry.He is English, from Colchester but almost unknown in this country which is a traversty of justice because he is a star.I have actually seen James before when he toured with Van Morrison in 1994 and appeared on 2 Van albums.Van knows talent when he see's it.I hope after this Glastonbury appearance that James's reputation will continue to grow.
After James supurb set i did intend to return to the Acoustic tent to see HUGH CORNWELL but i couldn't be bothered.I just sat on a bench and had a pint and watched the world go by.I got chatting to this really nice bloke from up north somewhere who had been a teacher for 30 years but gave it up to be a potter and he had gone to his first festival at the age of 60.That's another great thing about Glasto,it's not age-ist,there is something for everyone.Also the festival is about meeting people as well as music,there is no point dashing from stage to stage.It's best to relax and take it steady.
Eventually i said cheerio to my new buddy and walked back down to the Pyramid where the surprise guests were just finishing.It was N.E.R.D who i had never heard of but are very popular apparently.Then a band i was really looking forward to seeing,THE FLEET FOXES.They have burst onto the scene in the last year and i really enjoyed their album with it's Brian Wilsonesque sound but i had expressed doubts to Laurence earlier that they might not be suited to the Pyramid Stage.When they were announced they shuffled on stage and proceeded to start tuning up.You don't do that at Glastonbury,you should be ready and go out there and grab the audience.They ummed and arred for about 3 minutes and the singer announced that they were terrified.You could smell the fear.The acoustic opening number was Sun Giant i believe but i'm not that familiar with the song titles.Sun It Rises,Drops in The River,English House,Oliver James and White Winter Hymnal were amongst other songs i think they did.I think their management made a big mistake putting them up there.They would have been much better off on one of the smaller stages.I wonder if this band has another great album in them or if they will fade away.Time will tell.When i got back to camp i found that other people thought they were really good so there you go.
I decided to go back to my tent and have a rest before the evening.From my tent i could hear LILY ALLEN in the distance and i regreted not seeing Lily because on Sunday my nephew Dominic told me that he thought Lily was the best he had seen.Like Katherine and Dominic Lily has been going to Glasto since she was about two years old and she used to always camp with her dad Keith Allen and Joe Strummer from the Clash so she has a great pedigree for the Pyramid Stage.
I thought i would have a nap but i couldn't sleep so i had a shower and some food and felt a lot better and walked down the avenue again,the healing had begun and I was about to see one of the greatest performances ever witnessed at Glastonbury.
To be continued.................................