Eavis, after yesterday, you need some new signage…
Although I’ve just returned off my jollies, I’ve already found myself wistfully thinking ‘This time last year…’ at least 81 times so far this week. That’s because, after my second trip to the hallowed fields of Worthy Farm last year, I am not currently hiccupping on cider at 2014’s Glastonbury Festival.
Last year, I was almost crippled by the Sunday and so missed must-see James Blake and was dazed and confused during my final headliner, Cat Power. This factored somewhat into my decision not to pitch up tent once again this year, as well as a lineup that is Glasto-levels strong but missing a next-level legend like Prince or Bowie. Of course, with curveballs like Dolly Parton and Metallica amongst the array of Top 40 acts, superstar DJs, hippies with guitars and madcap crazy acts you’ll find playing in something approaching a rabbit hole (in fact, there’s a stage called The Rabbit Hole!), there’s plenty to get excited about even if you’re not dashing around Michael Eavis’s backyard trying to catch five bands at once.
If, like me, you’ll be camped out in front of the TV all weekend (this is the REAL World Cup, yeah?) then the BBC is your best friend. My dream red button lineup includes Arcade Fire, Lykke Li, Warpaint, Blondie, James Blake, Jack White, MIA, John Grant, The 2 Bears, London Grammar, Lana Del Rey and so on and so forth… who will you be watching??
Jay-Z and Richie Cunningham. Nope, Jay-Z isn’t ditching Kanye as a regular collab partner, nor Queen Bey for a sordid romantic endeavour.
Instead, the world’s biggest rap star Shawn Carter and Hollywood director – and former ‘Happy Day’-er – Ron Howard, are bringing last year’s Showtime documentary to DVD. Spotlighting Mr Carter’s Made in America festival, the film is definitely worth a watch for any music fan, documenting the development and realisation of the first festival in Philadelphia in 2012.
Now in its third year (and with an increasingly impressive line-up across Philly and L.A. each year, see pic below), the doc does well to showcase some strong live snippets from the festival’s impressive melting pot of acts; from Janelle Monae to Pearl Jam, right back to The Hives, Miike Snow, Jay himself and everyone in between… it really does look like good fun, maybe less of a novelty for us festival-fatigued Brits, but the interviews reveal the well-intentioned ethos and love of music that has made the event happen year on year.
Check out my ‘Made in America’ review online at The Music Fix right now. 🙂
I’m not even halfway when it comes to my selection of the top things to look out for in 2014 – lotsa treats to come, including the two below. Get yer diaries out!
You may have already planned your con schedule for 2014 but the rising profile of geek-friendly conventions in the UK means that there’s more choice than ever! Whether you’re itching to go full cosplay wielding a lightsaber or are just curious to dip your toes in the growing pool of genre get-togethers, there’s an event for you. From show-specific shindigs to all-encompassing geek-outs, you’ll find the one: for me, it’s Birmingham Comic-Con and Memorabilia – and I may just join fellow worshippers at Hallowhedon this year! Have fun, ya big nerds.
Unless you’re lucky enough to get a Golden Ticket in spring’s resale, you won’t be going to Glastonbury this year if you didn’t snap up a ticket last year. However, thanks to comprehensive coverage, you can experience Worthy Farm’s wonders without worrying about your next trip to the loo. With the likes of Prince and Madonna in the frame (I’m jumping the fence if this happens), it’s set to continue holding the crown as the UK’s/world’s best festival.
So far, Arcade Fire are signed up to head the Pyramid Stage. Make sure you book your summer hol either side of the big weekend so you can chill out with some frosty beers in the comfort of your living room – won’t this sound great on the Pyramid/your TV??