Festival Shops on Glastonbury
Beth Case Festival Blogger
11th Jul 2017
For me the music at Glastonbury
starts on Thursday evening with the tradition of seeing The Smyths (A Smiths
tribute band) play the tiny Williams Green tent before the two secret sets officially
kick off the festival, this year it was Circa Waves and Everything Everything.
I would recommend getting down early to this as the tent fills up extremely
fast and leaves lots of people outside struggling to see. If you don’t make it
down in time to weave yourself into the crowd, it’s still fun enough to sing
and dance to The Smiths most well-known hits outside the tent.
On Friday morning we headed off
to The Pyramid stage to watch the fantastic Hacienda Classical re-imagine the
songs once played in Manchester’s legendary Hacienda club in the 90’s acid
house “summers of love” with a 70-piece orchestra and choir. They were joined
on stage by Joy Division and New Order member Peter Hook ad also featured Rowetta
and Bez from The Happy Mondays. As well as getting everyone dancing at 11am,
they led a touching minute’s silence to those killed and injured in the
Manchester and London terror attacks and Grenfell Tower blaze.
back over to see the end of Blossoms Pyramid Stage debut. Another band we saw
playing bigger and bigger tents last summer, Blossoms made it clear that they
deserved their place on The Pyramid Stage. Once they had finished they popped
into our 4th Shop located in the interstage area for a chat and to
see what stock we had on offer.
Blossoms - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ed8pOlLZXzk
Radiohead were an amazing headline
slot. There was so much hype around the performance and speculation of if they
would play Ok Computer in full to celebrate the albums 20th
birthday. The band played a medley of songs from all their albums and even
treated the crowd to Creep for the second-to-last song.
Radiohead - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGFg0FN2yBU
We headed over to The John Peel
tent to see everyone’s favourite cynical singer/ song writer Father John Misty.
Performing songs from all three of his albums, he was on top form and kept the
crowd happy in-between songs with his pessimistic banter. As a huge
FJM fan his performance was one of my favourites of the weekend.
Father John Misty - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y97lbXBJra8
We stuck around for Real
Estates chilled out set and then watched the final performance from King
Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Seeing them 3 times in 24hrs might seem excessive
to most people and it is to me too but each show was more entertaining than the
next leaving the John Peel performance to be the best of the festival. The 17
song set was packed with songs that we had already seen and they finally played
songs from the album Flying Microtonal Banana after we waited all weekend to
King Gizzard and the Lizard
Wizard - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R25buB-jpB8
After, we stayed at our
Treasure Trove shop near the Williams Green stage, where we could hear Barry
Gibb and Chic play. We also managed to see a bit of Lets Eat Grandma before one
of my favourite bands of 2017, Blaenavon played a lovely set. After that it was
time to head to the last shift of the festival. What an incredible Glastonbury experience!