Glastonbury 2011 - Saturday Review

Saturday starts dull and overcast but thankfully not raining, the mud however is hard work in the sludge makes walking a thing not to be savoured. I start at 11am with a small crowd of other early birds to see Exlovers take to one of the dance tents, they are very enjoyable too. A set which gets better and better as more and more people manage to wake up and enter the tent. Latest single "Blowing Kisses" stand-out, their fuzzy, shoegaze charm is the perfect way to kick start the day.


Next came a bit of a gap in my schedule so I take some time out and sit towards the back of the park stage. Though, I'm soon tempted forward by the luscious sounds coming from the stage as The Balearic Folk Orchestra play some modern covers and sound utterly delightful. The problem with writing a review a week later is you forget which songs are played but a sensational rendition of one of the finest songs of the past ten years Sébastien Tellier's "La Ritournelle" was one.

After some lunch (noodles seems to be this years staple diet) Those Dancing Days come on stage around two o'clock and are utterly superb. I spend half the equally wondering why I'd not listened to them before and falling in love with each and every one of the girls. It's only normal to come back from a festival and purchase a few CD's (sorry not yours Beyonce) and TDD's both got ordered on Tuesday. The most glorious thing? The Scandinavians' even manage to bring the sun out, the sun! Wonderful.


It was almost three o'clock and I hadn't made a trip to The Crow's Nest, that's corrected in order to catch Guillemots. Their acoustic set is incredible. From a piano rendition of "Made Up Love Song #43" and "We're Here" to a wonderful "Trains to Brazil" which sees one of the groups old saxophonist joining the band impromptu - well I'm not sure it was to be honest, he did lug his saxophone up the great big hill and on Saturday getting up the hill was hard, very hard! I feel great respect for those who did it, let alone with an instrument (one of Stornoway got a cello up it!). The show is breathless, energetic and fun, definitely one of the entire highlights on the weekend. It's a shame I never saw them again over the weekend but this half hour set was brilliant.


Next come a trek, one hell of a trek (it what was now glorious sunshine). From one corner of the site to the other to see Emily and the Woods play the acoustic stage. I miss perhaps the first ten minutes but am entranced. There is a quite large audience and Emily is simply delightful. She plays tracks off both her EP's and with the success of another folkstress Laura Marling (who'll play The Pyramid stage the next day) I'm hoping Emily will follow her into the hearts of many household up and down the country. Her voice is gorgeous and she appears a natural on stage with no real sign of the nerves she talks of.


On my return to The Park I can see it's getting busy already, the not-so-secret 'Special Guests' mean the area fills up very quickly meaning I take place near the front to make sure I've a decent view. First though are Tame Impala who are frankly, absolutely awful. Their psychedelic 60's rock perhaps would sound alright played by some technically gifted musicians. Tame Impala are not, they play slow, badly and the whole crowd is bored, bored rigid. Almost as bored as the lead singer looks. The sound is muddy and it ends, thankfully, finally it ends. We await the 'Special Guest's or Pulp as we'd rather know them, here is the crowd shortly before they take stage.


Pulp of course were the polar opposite. They are unbelievable. A level above everything else over the weekend. Jarvis seems so sure on stage now, his banter less awkward and now hilarious and precise, delivering exactly the message he wants to put across. Then comes the songs which completely blows you away. The band may now bare resemblance to music teachers on tour but they are amazing. They play four or five different tracks than Primavera which pleases the fan-boy in me. "Mis-Shapes" fits the stage perfectly and getting some more tracks off 'His & Hers' is great "Joy Riders", "Acrylic Afternoons" are stunning.

Then of course there is the moment that everyone in the crowd has been waiting for, predictably they end with "Common People" and the entire park stage goes mental, it was a real 'I was there' moment. Jarvis does a quick quip to say that'd he'd like to make it five Glastonbury's, five is a nice round number. 2013 head-liners? They should be.  I've now seen Jarvis and co twice since the end of their hiatus and they're easily the best two gigs I've been to so far this year, I'm seeing them again at Wireless this weekend and they might just top it. Cannot wait.


After the euphoria of Pulp it's going to be hard for anything to compare. A couple of quick Brothers Cider's later and I'm ready to see my head-liner, Caitlin Rose. The other 50 or so people who chose to do the same will all say exactly the same. Fuck Cold Play, The Crow's Nest is where you should have been on Saturday night. A more intimate setting than the day before see's Caitlin feel more at home, smiling and joking with the audience and band-mates, it suits her down to the ground. The short set is charming, natural and utterly wonderful. After her own set Caitlin's friend Jonny Corndog plays a few of his own songs and Caitlin joins in on co-vocals, I remind myself to check out his music when I get home. After a slow descent down the hill as night takes over I watch Wild Beasts but they pass over me somewhat and I'm happy to end the second day of Glastonbury 2011, the highs make today perhaps even better than Friday.


Eye To Eye by Emily and The Woods
Pulp - Common People - Electric Picnic 2011
Blowing Kisses by exlovers
Those Dancing Days - Fuckarias