February 2nd, 2008. The the headliners for this years Glastonbury are ready to be announced. At first glance all seems to be normal, a mixture of old and new acts with the Kings Of Leon and The Verve headlining on the Friday and Sunday respectively. However, one act stands out as very different to what people have to come to expect from the festival; Jay Z, the Saturday night headliner.
The response is mostly positive and people are excited to see the festival evolving into something new and welcoming a huge genre of music to the festival. That is until Noel Gallagher gives his view on the matter:
'I'm sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance. Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music and even when they throw the odd curve ball in on a Sunday night you go 'Kylie Minogue?' I don't know about it. But I'm not having hip hop at Glastonbury. It's wrong.'
Suddenly, Jay Z doesn't seem a good idea anymore. The backlash begins, bloggers and columnists jumping on the Gallagher bandwagon and pointing out that this is the first time in the years the festival hasn't sold out before the event. On top of this, Jay Z starts to feel that maybe they have a point and discusses pulling out of the gig, which would very nearly bankrupt the festival. What seemed like a good attempt to bring some diversity to Glastonbury could now mean that it may not go ahead at all.
That's until a late phone call from festival darling Chris Martin convince Jay Z that the Saturday headline slot at Glastonbury will be the best gig of his life. He's back on board and responds to Noel's criticism with this message:
'We don't play guitars, Noel, but hip hop has put in its work like any other form of music. This headline show is just a natural progression. Rap music is still evolving. We have to respect each other's genre of music and move forward.'
The Saturday rolls around and Jay Z comes onto the stage to the instantly recognisable chord progression of 'Wonderwall', a nod to Noel himself. After this, he launches into what is heralded as a fantastic set to introduce Glastonbury to hip hop. Jay Z's job is done.
With London well into the Olympic swing, with flags around every corner, attention turns to the Opening Ceremony this Friday and those wanting to to relive the evening afterwards will be pleased to know that the soundtrack is being released on Saturday 28th July.
Titled, 'The Isles Of Wonder', the Ceremony is rumoured to feature Underworld, Paul McCartney and the Arctic Monkeys. Experience it for yourself this Friday.
Good news for Elbow fans. A year and a half after their last studio album, 'Build A Rocket Boys', the band will be releasing a collection of B-Sides from their career in what is to be called 'Dead In The Boot'.
Scheduled for an August 27th release date, the title may bring to mind the bands first album' 'Asleep In The Back', which can only be a good thing. Guy Garvey has said on the band's website that "none of our B-sides are album rejects. It's a different space, usually just post finishing an album when all the members of elbow are chiming and feeling very creative. This gives 'Dead In The Boot' a real late night vibe".
The track listing for the album has also been released:
'Lucky With Disease'
'Lay Down Your Cross'
'The Long War Shuffle'
'Every Bit The Little Girl'
'Love Blown Down'
'Waving From Windows'
As we have a little wait for the album, why not experience Elbow's Glastonbury gig from a few years ago below.
The Leeds O2 Academy will play host to a warm up gig for The Killers before they take the main stage at V Festival on August 18/19.
The news comes after the band released the first song from their new album, ‘Battle Born’, called ‘Runaway’. Response has been positive, with many likening it their last effort, ‘Day & Age’ and praising lead singer Brandon Flowers lyrics. Talking about the album’s title, Flowers said “Whenever I needed help, lyrically, I thought of that phrase and it helped me… There's some triumphant moments”. Create your own opinion of the song below.
Tickets will be hitting the internet this Friday at 9:00, so you’ll have to be quick if you want to catch some as it’ll sell out pretty soon. The Killers new album will materialize later this year. In the meantime, why not check out their Glastonbury set from years gone by...
The London folk scene has been awfully quiet over the last few months while Mumford & Sons have been busy recording the second album and preparing to release a film. But now it seems that the wheels in motion are in place for the release of their long awaited follow up to the immensely successful 'Sigh No More' and, as is the trend in music these days, they've uploaded a cryptic video to tease their fans. Experience the weirdness below.
With shots of half full bottles of lemonade and British flags intercut with a loud 1950s style garden party, it does seem like Marcus Mumford and co have returned to the homeland for inspiration for the film, bringing to mind events like the Jubilee earlier this year. A clue to their new direction perhaps?
Since announcing the record in 2011 the band have been quite open about what songs will feature on the album, playing many of them while touring including 'Lover Of The Light' and 'Hopeless Wanderer'. We look forward to hearing what else they have to offer from what will be a great album.
Mumford & Sons have a close relationship with Glastonbury, playing the John Peel stage in 2010 as relative unknowns but still pulling one of the biggest crowds ever seen in that tent. After that they went stratospheric in their success, seeing 'Sigh No More' win 'Album of the Year' at the Brits and be nominated for a Mercury Prize. In 2011, they returned to the Other Stage with a barnstorming set complete with horns, trumpets and a variety of new songs. At that moment, it was clear that this band had truly made it. As Marcus said, 'it's been a pretty weird year since last we saw you'.
Since then they have been filming a music documentary entitled 'Big Easy Express' which will follow the band on their Railroad Revival Tour across America. Here they have become even bigger then they have here, tapping into their folk scene which boasts acts like The Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan. After they release it on July 24 they will embark on an intimate tour around the UK before releasing their album later this year. Who knows, maybe we'll see them at Glastonbury next year...
When Charlie Creed Miles isn't starring in 'Skins' and 'Wild Bill', it seems he likes to take part in comedic music videos.
Ahead of the release of 'Glastonbury The Movie In Flashback' tomorrow, we're bringing you a video of Charlie re-engaging his music side in North Of Ping Pong's song 'What Goes Up Must Come Down'. Directed by Adam Smith (Doctor Who) and featuring Kathy Burke (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), the video see's him play passengers in a taxi cab, all with drastically different personalities and appearances as they try to get home after a night out.
This is well worth a watch and will set you up perfectly for seeing Charlie in the film, out tomorrow in cinemas all of the country. In the mean time, check out the hilarious taxi romp here.
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In the never ending saga of one of Glastonbury's best headliners, Blur have once again been ambiguous on their future after they open the Olympics in Hyde Park at the end of the summer. Bassist Alex James has said that they are expecting an "emotional show" and that he is unsure "if it will happen again". This will be disappointing to hear for fans hoping for a new album, but you're never quite sure what these guys are up to and for all we know they could be preparing for something quite special.
Damon Albarn has also been talking about Blur's future, taking a different line to what we've heard in the last few months. Talking to the BBC about his new opera, 'Dr Dee', he said that the performance at Hyde Park will be their "last for this year" and that was all he could "honestly" say. Albarn halted recording sessions a few months ago to focus on Dee with Rufus Norris, which premiered at the London Colliseum last night to positive reviews. Meanwhile, the other two members of the band (Graham Coxon and Dave Rowntree) have remained mostly silent on the future of the four piece.
However, fans waiting for new material from the band will be treated to a special session next week where they will premiere two songs; 'Under The Westway' and 'The Puritan'. Speaking about this, Alex James said "Monday 2nd of July, somewhere in London, on a rooftop, we will be performing both new songs, live on Twitter, which is the first time anything like this has happened". Giving more details on the nature of the two tracks, he revealed that 'they have been written specifically for the Hyde Park show' and that they 'show completely different sides to Blur. 'The Puritan' is a big, up and at em' bouncy, sing along special and 'Under The Westway' is more of a hymn, but I think they'll go down really well".
Along with this, Blur will be releasing a career-spanning box set on July 30 and embarking on an intimate UK tour this August to prepare for what will be a huge show for the Olympics on August 12th. Meanwhile, you can catch Damon Albarn performing in his opera 'Dr Dee' at the London Coliseum until July 7th. See Blur perform their career making set at Glastonbury in 2009 here and find a different side to the festival on June 29th in 'Glastonbury The Movie In Flashback'.
Throughout Glastonbury's long life, there have been headline sets which have been a sure success from the start. David Bowie showed why he was an icon of a generation in 2000, while Coldplay seem made for the Pyramid Stage every time they play it. Every now and then though, a gamble takes place and the spotlight is given to a band a little different. This is what set's Glastonbury apart from the rest of the festivals and this is where history is made.
Such an event took place in 1995, where just a few weeks before the festival began, The Stone Roses pulled out of their headlining spot, leaving a very big gap to fill on the Saturday. Nothing like this had happened before at such short notice and there was a danger that many fans would be left disappointed at the cancellation of what was sure to be the highlight of the weekend. Something had to be done, but no one expected the band that Michael Eavis would call up.
June 23rd, 1995. A five piece band from Sheffield has just turned up at the campsite, trying to find a place among the other punters as all the hotels in the area are booked up. The lead singer takes a stroll to the Pyramid stage and stands at the back watching the crowd going crazy for Oasis. Tomorrow he would be standing on that stage, with that same crowd listening to his every word. This is Jarvis Cocker, and with Pulp, he was about to become a national treasure.
The Saturday performance would go down as one of the best in the festivals history. Surprisingly, Pulp pulled the biggest crowd of the weekend which all moved as one to the sound of such hits as 'Do You Remember The First Time' and 'Disco 2000'. There was only one song they were waiting for though, which Jarvis teased throughout the night. 'If you want something to happen enough then it actually will happen; that's why we're standing on this stage tonight', he said before jumping into their number one hit 'Common People' which sent the crowd into a frenzy. Even though it had only been out a few weeks, they knew every word. It had taken them sixteen years to do it, but Pulp had finally become an icon.
June 25th, 2011. Pulp have posted on their twitter account a cryptic message, saying 'get thee to the Park'. Fans quickly realise they are referring to the Park Stage at Glastonbury and there is a surge of people, desperate to see the band back at the festival which made them. Soon, the area is full (even Kate Moss is turned away) and the band saunter onto the stage with their lanky lead singer (now with added beard) yelling 'surprise, surprise!'. For the next hour, people are transported back to sixteen years ago and enjoy one of the best sets at that years festival. Like he did in 1995, Jarvis imparts some knowledge before launching into the fan favourite; 'after we played here we went on a strange orbit around the universe, and now we're back home'. The crowd cheer in agreement and it seems just for today, that Glastonbury is Pulp's festival.
Find out more about Pulp on their official website.