I’ve been to a couple of Glastonburys but not in this century – still I LOVE checking it out on TV and flicking channels to find good stuff. Gives me a sense of what’s happening these days. I’ve just been watching Jungle who probably play jungle (I’m not an expert!) – sounded a bit like Massive Attack for the modern world which is alright by me.
Earlier I liked Alabama Shakes, MRA liked James Bay and I thought Mark Ronson’s set was pretty fine including a remarkable version of Amy’s “Valerie” using her original vocal track. He finished with “Uptown Funk” with George Clinton, Mary J Blige etc and also a rather nice almost psychedelic thing with an Australian singer/guitarist called Kevin Parker. Acts like Ronson are remarkable for their capacity to shift styles and genres with real skill but I must admit, every year watching these broadcasts also confirms my considerable lack of interest in most guitar bands. I caught Motorhead briefly which I thought (notice how careful I’m being here) was just horrid – and so old. Not worthy – I didn’t like Libertines or Vaccines either. Leon Bridges whose album I mentioned below was on – OK but not stunning but there was a trio of young ladies called the Staves who sang quite beautifully. A lot of what I liked had its roots in black music. Most of the rest that I liked was black music. No surprise there then, although the Staves were very English.