AKA the day the music begins. Glastonbury is about a lot of things. Peace, love & harmony, to name but a few. You can do all sorts at the festival and can have all sorts of different experiences, meeting people form all walks of life. Ste & I keep to ourselves and see as much music as possible. It’s not that the other stuff isn’t fun or interesting, it’s just that the music is why we are there. We don’t spend ours honing a spotify playlist to ensure we have a quality itinerary, just to watch a man run naked around a stone circle, or watch a woman on stilts juggle with flame throwers, or listen to a debate. We go for the music and try and consume as much of it as possible. We did well this year and made sure we started as early as possible. This meant the Thursday resulted in some exploring of the site until around 4.30pm (including 2 hours stood by the march stall drinking beer) when we began to get hungry for live music. We made our way to Strummerville (high on the hills away from the other stages), had a bite to eat and made our way to catch our first band.
DIN @ Strummerville
The glasto musical adventure began at Strummerville on “Miller’s Stage”. Two members of DIN were performing, although the show was advertised as just Nick Grimes (the lead singer). They were decent enough and an entertaining way to kick off the music. A trip to the William’s Green followed for the rest of the day.
In 2015 we heard Drenge and Wolf Alice from outside the WG, but couldn’t have got in if we tried. This year it was all but confirmed that Circa Waves and Everything Everything were due to play “secret” sets, so we decided to get there early and claim a spot. There are other stages to watch music on the glasto Thursday, but only the WG has any acts of note.
We’d not heard of this lot before. The crowd seemed familiar with
them and were singing along as the show progressed. Set & I were about halfway to the front and got a reasonable view. They seemed nice and soulful and I enjoyed the set. Since getting back I haven’t listened to anything of theres, so I can probably guess that this will be my one and only interaction with this group. It was a decent one.
Pumarosa we the first band of the festival that I was familiar with. I’d given them a bit of a recent listen and enjoyed some of their tunes. The show was fine, helped by the fact that we were pretty near the front. They were a bit arty in terms of songs and performance. This didn’t seem to get the crowd going and I was fairly unmoved. It was a performance that I’d describe as promising. I wasn’t put off listening again in the future and would be interested in catching them again.
The steady flow of beer that Set and I had been consuming meant that Set split off at this point. I got right to the front and it took a while for Ste to even get back in the tent. Watching Circa Waves here, meant that we didn’t have to worry about a performance clash later in the festival. This is where the music really started for me. The set was only 7 songs long, but it was awesome. Heavy pop rock is the best way I can describe Circa Waves. The debut album was more poppy and the latest album turns the guitars right up. I really enjoyed this and so did the crowd.
It was a real treat for EE to play as they weren’t playing at any other point in the festival. Unfortunately it was my turn to be beer affected and as Ste moved forward I found myself outside the tent with little hope (seemingly) of getting back in. I managed it…just. You can tell from the photos that my view was poor. Ste will add some better ones later. EE were great. They played 3 new tunes and 6 classics. No Reptiles, Kemosabe and Spring / Sun / Winter / Dread were all great and each one got the crowd involved in fine voice. A great end to the music on day 2.