Every autumn we see the annual scramble for tickets to Glastonbury festival. On October 9, 2016 tickets for the 250,000 capacity Glastonbury festival sold out in just 35 minutes. Of course, that is not the end of the road for Glastonbury fans. The official Glastonbury festival lineup will be released in the next couple of weeks. Shortly after that, fans who now find that they no longer wish to attend, can cancel their attendance and their Glastonbury tickets will be offered for resale on the official Glastonbury website. There will, of course, be a scramble for the Glastonbury ticket re-sale, but would fans be better advised to go elsewhere, for example to Bearded Theory Festival?
A final batch of Glastonbury Photos.
As there is nothing on TV I find myself drawn once again to the photographs I amassed on my travels around music festivals during the Summer.
Most of these were shot on the smaller stages. Why don’t you have a look and see if you saw any of the acts included.
Glastonbury 2015 was a buzz.
As it is such an awful day weatherise here in Dorset I have been cheering myself up by browsing through some of my memories from this years Glastonbury festival. I thought some of you might like to see them too.
It has been quite a year for pop rocker James Bay.
I first saw James at the Larmer Tree Festival in July 2014 when he impressed on the main stage. At that time James Bay was a hotly tipped youngster who had been picked up by BBC introducing. Since then Bay has scored a No1 album, a No2 single and has played the main stage at Glastonbury.
James recently completed a sold out tour of the US performing on the hit US TV show Tonight with Jimmy Fallon and was one of the must see acts at this year’s Lollapalooza, where the huge crowd needed no encouragement for a sing-a long.
James is currently out on tour in the UK playing larger venues up and down the Country including a show in Bournemouth next week that I will be attending to review and photograph. The tour is a total sell out.
James will play his shows at the iconic Hammersmith Apollo on March 29, 30 & 31, 2016. Tickets go on sale Friday September 25. They are available here. http://listings.ticketmaster.co.uk/james-bay
These images are from the shows I mention above.
This time four weeks ago I was getting ready to come home from Glastonbury. If you haven’t been to Glastonbury it is a huge shock to the system. The sheer scale of it all is stunning. It can easily take a full hour to walk from one side of the site to the other. The site at Glastonbury is the size of a small city both in area and population for a week every June
I spent at lot of time in the Field of Avalon this year and to walk from that stage to my camper van was a walk of 4.3 Kilometres. The camper van fields are vast, though it must be said, well organised and friendly. If you are camping onsite it is perhaps a little better though less comfortable. It never ceases to amaze me that you can camp in sight of the main stages at Glastonbury.
The atmosphere at Glastonbury is amazing. People come to party and they party hard but the atmosphere is overwhelmingly friendly. There is entertainment available 24-hours a day for the duration of the festival. The array of food available is absolutely incredible and unlike some of the big festivals you don’t get ripped off. Glastonbury even allows you to carry a reasonable amount of alcohol into the arena.
Glastonbury isn’t for everyone. Personally I wouldn’t want to do it with small kids (though it is very child friendly) as I walked over 80 miles over the five days of the festival. My memories are in Photographs so here are a few of my favourites.
James Bay is an up and coming British artist. He has already scored a No1 album with his debut release The Chaos And The Calm.
These images were shot during his performance on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival in June 2015. If you look in the top left corner of a couple of the images you can see Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan from One Direction watching Bay’s performance.
In a break from what I have been doing recently I thought I would share a single shot with you today. This photo is a composite of a couple of my photo’s. I shot Mary J Blige on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival last month and I kind of like the shot. The problem is the background was very dull indeed.
Above the stage is a clock, its arms laid out to make the CND symbol and with the words “Peace Time” engraved around the edge. I blended the two photographs together in Photoshop and added some vector art and a texture to make the background a little more interesting.
This is the result. I don’t really see this as a finished piece, more an experiment and working piece. I hope you like it.
Slaves are a two piece garage punk outfit from Tunbridge Wells in Kent. Isaac Holman provides the percussion and the lions share of the vocals whilst Laurie Vincent provides the guitar and adds to the vocal ferocity.
They may be a two piece but both live and in the studio they create a sound and energy that is indicative of a much bigger band. When this years Glastonbury Line-up was announced I was delighted to see that Slaves had a spot on the John Peel stage though I must confess I was a little bemused to see that they were performing at 2pm on Saturday afternoon. As a result, despite having seen Slaves live a couple of months back, I wasn’t really expecting a set of the ferocity that was delivered.
We all know that Glastonbury is a hedonistic, 24-hour a day gig and by Saturday afternoon many of those who arrived on Tuesday or Wednesday are starting to fade a little. As I made my way towards the John Peel stage I remarked to my son that a lot of people seemed to be doing the same thing, especially given that the Waterboys were playing a blinding set on the Pyramid Stage and The Stripes were in full flow on the “Other Stage.”
On arrival at the John Peel stage I saw that not only was it packed but there were thousand sat on the remains of the grass outside the tent. I quickly took my place in the press pit whilst counting down the minutes. As I watched more and more people crowded into the tent, there was tension in the air and you could feel the energy pulsing from the crowd as waves of energy swept the stage.
As the intro track began the crowd erupted, the noise was deafening despite my ear plugs. You could sense that Isaac and Laurie felt it too as they emerged onto the stage in boiler suits. As the boys swept into the opening number “Are You Satisfied” you already knew you were about to witness something special.
Slaves have bags of attitude, they have something to say and they are going to smack you in the face until you hear just what it is. Just listen to the Clash like “Wow, 7am” and you will get the idea. If you were looking to draw a comparison between Slaves and an old school punk band the Clash should be your first stop. The big bluesy guitar licks, the attitude, the punk, ska, garage rock influences all come over loud and clear, but it is the energy that really grabs you. A Slaves gig feels like a volcano about to erupt as the energy builds, increasing track by track until it is released in an explosion of sweating, heaving, bouncing, crowd surfing madness.
By the time the Slaves hit the single release “Feed The Manta Ray,” the madness reaches a crescendo with a guy running around the stage in a Manta Ray suit before he dives into the crowd and goes crowd surfing, he is quickly followed by Laurie, crowd surfing without missing a beat on his guitar. Huge inflatable beach balls start bouncing across the crowd juggling for space with the numerous crowd surfers, the energy plateaus during a superb version of “The Hunter” and then suddenly, after finishing with “Hey”, their first single on Virgin records, its all over.
Slaves have just taken you on an 11 song, 60 minute, rollercoaster ride that left both them and the crowd simultaneously elated and drained. Laurie and Isaac hug each other on stage. The crowd stare at them open mouthed, bemused, drained of emotion and exhausted. Everyone present knows that they have just witnessed a very very special performance.
Slaves may be a young outfit but they are going places and they want to get there in a hurry. If you have any sense you will want to go with them. Grab hold of Slaves, they are pure gold, their music matters and maybe, just maybe they are going to shake the UK music scene out of its current safe, “vanilla pop” torpor. We may just be witnessing the birth of something very special