Glastonbury Day 2: Kelis and Fat White Family



Glastonbury Day 2: Kelis and Fat White Family

Who's got the cleanest boots in the rain-sodden, mud-slicked Vale of Avalon this weekend? Kelis, that's who.


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Glastonbury Day 2: Midlake (and mud lakes)



Glastonbury Day 2: Midlake (and mud lakes)

I love the smell of Glastonbury in the morning. It smells like... OK, not quite victory. But not quite defeat either. More like bacon, coffee, marijuana, mud, sweat and beers. And, there is no getting away from it, cow shit...


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Glastonbury Day 1: Arcade Fire



Glastonbury Day 1: Arcade Fire

Most Glastonbury headliners save their triumphant fireworks for the encore, but Arcade Fire make their own rules.


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Glastonbury Day 1: Elbow



Glastonbury Day 1: Elbow

“Glastonbury! Are you seeing clearly now the rain has gone?” Guy Garvey bounds onto the Pyramid Stage, flooding the festival with avuncular game-show cheer, like that favourite teacher who always managed to get the kids on his side at school.


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Glastonbury Day 1: Courtney Barnett and Lily Allen



Glastonbury Day 1: Courtney Barnett and Lily Allen

In a welcome blast of sunshine between downpours, an excursion to the fringe stages on the southern slopes of the Glastonbury site provides a welcome relief from the liquid mud lakes and crowd crushes around the main arenas.


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Glastonbury Day 1: Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Band Of Skulls and Haim



Glastonbury Day 1: Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Band Of Skulls and Haim

Thunder, lightning and heavy downpours over Glastonbury right now. Deep joy for the 125,000 people already onsite, with more arriving every hour. It seems the gods of rock are angry. And they are not the only ones making a racket.


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Glastonbury Day 1: Blondie, New Build, East India Youth



Glastonbury Day 1: Blondie, New Build, East India Youth

"Glastonbury!" beams Debbie Harry. "Nowhere else like it!"

Just past midday on Friday in the Vale of Avalon, and the world’s largest voluntary refugee camp is already on the move.


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John Mulvey

The 24th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 24th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Lots to dig into this week, not least a song to sample from the Hiss Golden Messenger album that I’ve been alluding to for so long. Strong Ronnie Lane vibes there, perhaps. Among some biggish new entries here, some lesser known names to check out, too: Jennifer Castle; 75 Dollar Bill’s weird adaptation of desert blues; the new Blonde Redhead album that increasingly feels like their strongest in an age; and Hurray For The Riff Raff, magnificent on Letterman.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Stuart Murdoch's God Help The Girl



First Look - Stuart Murdoch's God Help The Girl

For anyone with even a passing familiarity with the work of Belle and Sebastian songwriter Stuart Murdoch, God Help The Girl – his debut as a writer and director – will hold few real surprises.


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Michael Bonner

Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, Le Bataclan, Paris, June 22, 2014



Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, Le Bataclan, Paris, June 22, 2014

“Welcome to an evening of country and eastern,” smiles Robert Plant as he gestures expansively round this fabled Paris venue, taking in not just the lively capacity crowd gathered here tonight but also to his latest musical collaborators, The Sensational Space Shifters.


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Reviewed: Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo, August 27, 2014


There is a song on "Aerial", Kate Bush's eighth and possibly best album, called "Bertie". "Here comes the sunshine," it begins, "Here comes that son of mine/Here comes the everything/Here's a song and a song for him." Nine years later, here, perhaps is a show for him: an unexpected comeback; a...