Posted in music on June 27, 2011

"Paul Simon, Lee Scratch Perry and Jimmy Cliff play blinding sets at Glastonbury Saga stage. All over 70 Tony Benn oldest at 95 !" - James Osborn

"Best thing musically I saw at Glastonbury was probably SBTRKT on the Friday night ...quality stuff." - Joshua Saunders

Glastonbury 2011 (via
Glastonbury 2011

Glastonbury Festival took place in Worthy Farm in Pilton, England this past weekend. Tons of artists from all different backgrounds played the festival. The festival featured guest appearances, secret sets, and other interesting occurrences. Here are a few of the highlights.

Headliner Beyonce played a hits-heavy set with some pretty interesting cover song choices (King of Leon's "Sex on Fire," Etta James' "At Last"). But more even more interestingly, Tricky joined her on stage for a pretty inexplicable guest appearance on "Baby Boy." The trip-hop pioneer took a mic and uttered some sparse vocals as Beyonce and her backup singers belted the song. Video of the performance is below.

Speaking of things related to Massive Attack and Glastonbury, UK DJ Nick Warren, who would regularly DJ for Massive Attack in the '90s, said "My Highlight of Glastonbury Festival was James Blake live." James's set included the track "CMYK" off the 2010 EP of the same name in addition to tracks off his 2011 self-titled album. Some might say James's set was even explosive:

James Blake at Glastonbury
James Blake

Festival attendees who were not part of the 75,000 watching Beyonce may have ended up at The Streets' set which took place at the same time. The show was apparently one of the Mike Skinner's last, who recently announced a breakup. Unfortunately, The Streets recently cancelled a trip NYC, but maybe they'll reschedule before saying their final goodbye. Video of The Streets' Glastonbury performance below.

This year's secret shows included UK Glastonbury vets Pulp and Radiohead.

It was Pulp's fourth Glastonbury appearance but their first for nine years and as they came on stage, frontman Jarvis Cocker told the crowd: 'We couldn't think of anything to get you so we brought the sunshine.'
After their set, which included some of their biggest hits including Disco 2000 and Common People, he added: 'Thanks Glastonbury, obviously it's been a very important place for us. When we played in '95 things took off for us and we went in a strange orbit around the earth, and now we're back home in one piece.' [Daily Mail]
Video and setlist of Pulp's performance (which Kate Moss did not witness) below.

Radiohead brought Portishead drummer Clive Deamer as a guest to play with Philip Selway. Their setlist was almost entirely made up of The King of Limbs and In Rainbows tracks, and recent non-album material, except for Amnesiac's "I Might Be Wrong." They also surprised fans of their earlier work by playing "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" as an encore. Video of "The Daily Mail" and "Bloom" and setlist below.

Cee Lo, unlike at Coachella, showed up on time for his set, which included a mix of his own material and Gnarls Barkley stuff. He also covered Black Sabbath twice. Big Boi got lost in London, but also ended up showing on time for his set. Like Cee Lo, he still embraces past projects and included a good amount of Outkast material. Big Boi-collaborator Janelle Monae played the festival too. Video of her performance of "Tightrope" below. Catch her and Cee Lo (but not Big Boi) for free at Afro-Punk in August.

Battles brought Matias Aguayo on stage to sing "Ice Cream," the song he recorded lead vocals for on their recently released Gloss Drop. Video below.

British folk/jazz legends Pentangle, who reunited in 2008 but have not been very busy since then, played the festival. Their lineup includes Bert Jansch who is currently a Drag City-recording artist and released The Black Swan on the label in 2006, over 30 years after Pentangle originally broke up. Lauren Laverne of BBC 6 interviewed the band. They talked about the resurgence of folk music and how Bert is a fan of Fleet Foxes (who also played Glastonbury). Video of the interview below.

SBTRKT at Glastonbury 2011 via facebook

SBTRKT, who visits NYC for the first time in July, played a live set (pictured above). His Young Turks labelmate Jamie xx (of The xx) played a set too. Jamie's "Far Nearer" single is on sale now. Pressings are limited. Check out a soundcloud stream of the track below.

Another UK post-dubstepper Jamie Woon played the festival. 3AM writes, "During my bum breaks, I caught Jamie Woon's set and it was fantastic. I've heard a lot about this chap, but haven't listened to his stuff before. Sitting in the middle of a field with a pounding head and cider was the perfect way to be introduced to Jamie's chilled but strong, powerful tunes."

Speaking of dubstep crossover, UK singer Katy B brought her dubstep-leaning pop to Glastonbury as well. She plays a private show in NYC tonight (6/27). It will be her first.

Little Dragon wowed the crowd, according to VH1 anyway:

For the UK at least, this performance of their new song "Ritual Union" is a real coming-out party for the band, who absolutely deserve to be heard on a much wider scale. It's really difficult to make smooth music work in the middle of the day at a big outdoor festival, but Little Dragon pulls it off in style.
Video of that and their whole setlist is below.

UK anti-folkie Emmy the Great covered The Pixies' classic "Where Is My Mind" with help from Tim Wheeler of the punky brit-poppers Ash. Full setlist below.

On a more negative note,

A senior member of David Cameron's Tory constituency has been found dead in a portable toilet at the Glastonbury festival.

Christopher Shale, the chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, suffered a heart attack, sources believe.

His body was found in a portable toilet in the backstage area, where many celebrities and performers stay.

A story in the Mail on Sunday contained leaked sections of a strategy document Shale had drafted for David Cameron, in which he said the party can be perceived as "crass" and "always on the take".

Avon and Somerset police confirmed that the body of a man in his mid-50s had been found in the backstage area. A woman was seen being comforted by officers.

His body was found at 8.45am. An area between the Pyramid stage and the Other stage has been cordoned off. [Guardian]


Videos, soundcloud streams, setlists, and other stuff below...

Mud, mud, mud: Glastonbury 2011

Janelle Monae - "Tightrope" at Glastonbury

Pulp at Glastonbury 2011

Beyonce w/ Tricky - "Baby Boy" at Glastonbury 2011

Tricky with Beyonce "Baby Boy" Glastonbury 2011... by offlicenceuk

Pentangle interview with Lauren Laverne on BBC 6

The Streets at Glastonbury

Katy B at Glastonbury

Morrissey performs First of the Gang to Die live at Glastonbury 2011

Radiohead - "The Daily Mail" at Glastonbury

Battles - "Ice Cream" ft. Matias Aguayo at Glastonbury

Friendly Fires perform Hawaiian Air at Glastonbury 2011

Nicolas Jaar at Glastonbury 2011
Nicolas Jaar at Jazz World Glastonbury by DaveMurphyDJ

Mumford & Sons perform Roll Away Your Stone at Glastonbury 2011

Radiohead - Bloom @ Glastonbury 2011

Radiohead Setlist
Lotus Flower
15 Step
Morning Mr. Magpie
Little by Little
All I Need
Give Up the Ghost
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
I Might Be Wrong
The Daily Mail
Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Fleet Foxes Selist
The Cascades
Grown Ocean
Drops In The River
Battery Kinzie
Sim Sala Bim
Your Protector
White Winter Hymnal
Ragged Wood
The Shrine/An Argument
Blue Spotted Tail
Blue Ridge Mountains
Helplessness Blues

Emmy the Great Setlist
Dinosaur Sex
A Woman, A Woman, A Century of Sleep
We Almost Had a Baby
Exit Night/Juliet's Theme
First Love
Edward Is Dedward
Where Is My Mind?
(Pixies cover) (with Tim Wheeler)

Cee Lo Green Setlist
Iron Man (Black Sabbath cover)
The Lady Killer Theme (Intro)
War Pigs (Black Sabbath cover)
Run [I'm a Natural Disaster]
Smiley Faces
Bright Lights Bigger City
Cho Cha
Leader Of The Gang
I Want You
Gone Daddy Gone
It's OK
Flash 4 Fantasy
Fuck You
Don't Stop Believing (Journey cover)


Little Dragon Setlist
A New
Ritual Union
Little Man
Blinking Pigs
My Step

Janelle Monae Setlist
Dance Or Die
Locked Inside
Call The Law
My Cherie Amour (Stevie Wonder cover)
Sincerely, Jane
I Want You Back (Jackson 5 cover)
Mushrooms & Roses
Cold War
Come Alive (The War of the Roses)

Big Boi Setlist
Do Dirty
Skew it on the Bar-B
Rosa Parks
So Fresh, So Clean
Ms Jackson
General Patton
Follow Us
Daddy Fat Sax
Ghetto Musick
The Way You Move
Player's Ball
Elevators (Me and You)
Shine Blockas
Kryptonite (I'm On It)
(Killer Mike cover)
You Ain't No DJ

Beyonce Setlist
Crazy In Love
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Naughty Girl
Baby Boy (with Tricky)
Happy Birthday (To Steve Stoute)
Best Thing I Never Had
End Of Time
If I Were A Boy (Snippet of You Oughtta Know by Alanis Morrisette)
Sweet Dreams Snippet of Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by Eurythmics)
Why Don't You Love Me
The Beautiful Ones (Prince cover)
Sex On Fire (Kings of Leon cover)
Independent Women / Bootylicious / Bug a boo / Telephone / Say My Name / Jumpin' Jumpin'
At Last (Etta James cover)
Run The World (Girls)

Pulp Setlist
Do You Remember the First Time?
Acrylic Afternoons
Something Changed
Disco 2000
Sorted For E's & Wizz
Like a Friend
Live Bed Show
This Is Hardcore
Common People

Fleet Foxes perform Sim Sala Bim at Glastonbury 2011

Don Mclean performs American Pie live at Glastonbury 2011



Comments (22)

Rumor on the street has it that Frohawk was deeply disappointed that Daft Punk came on.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 5:14 PM

That's a fucking terrible Radiohead setlist.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 5:16 PM

Best festival EVER in the world

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 5:18 PM

had a brilliant time at glasto. pulp were absolutely amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 5:34 PM

that's a brilliant radiohead setlist

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 5:39 PM

Was Frohawk really there?? God damn, he's everywhere.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 5:55 PM

Holy hysterical....tricky, you were a little off with that one.

Posted by The Real Real Yup. PERIOD | June 27, 2011 5:57 PM

Holy hysterical....tricky, you were a little off with that one.

Posted by The Real Real Yup. PERIOD | June 27, 2011 5:58 PM

Thank God we have Coachella, B'roo and even Lolla'. G'bury just looks miserable for the most part.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 6:03 PM

When is someone going to have the balls to say that "diverse" line-ups pretty much suck?

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 6:04 PM

What a terrible Pulp set. No Fear? No Dishes? No I Spy?

All that His N Hers nonsense? Do they not know what people like about their band?

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 6:18 PM

Can anyone tell me about Frohawk story? Why is he so famous?

Posted by First time BV reader | June 27, 2011 6:35 PM

6:04 is right on the money!
This festival became huge due to bands like led zep playing it, not for this pile of car ads crap.

Posted by Me | June 27, 2011 6:37 PM

If I wanted a "diverse" lineup I'd watch the Grammy's.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 7:12 PM

don't think it sucks having u2, coldplay and beyonce as your headliners and radiohead/pulp as surprise acts. ain't too shabby...

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 7:16 PM

dude, this is hardcore was a good album but pretty much killed their career. and yeah, joyriders and acrylic afternoons arent the greatest cuts, but his n hers and different class were definetely the best albums. babies? do you remember the first time? that album MADE pulp.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 7:56 PM

Whats the motivation to carry one of those 25 ft. flag poles? I see that it could also be used as a hummus grabber. While people put down their hummus for their chips and fish, you could grab their hummus. Personally, I like my own hummus though.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 8:50 PM

Who the fuck lights flares and concerts? Save them for football matches and riots yah asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 9:06 PM

Just read the line-up. The non-headlining acts were good. Oh, BB King was there. And Bey is awesome, only indie music snobs will say she's crap, you know those types who say... "Remember the times when Led Zep, David Bowie, Radiohead, and the Smiths were headlining, now it's pure commercial garbage...".

Pulp's set were Ok. They aren't exactly like Blur or Radiohead in terms of popularity and they haven't got a devoted fanbase, so they can't risk playing songs outside HnH and DC. Although, the songs from the goodbye album like the godawful "The Trees", sounded terrific live. And "Like a Friend"? Really? No one knows that song in the UK except for Chris Martin's wife. Hey, Jarvis! Venture Bros. fans know that song by heart. Someone should post that on youtube.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 9:08 PM

So, Is it Pulp going to play in NY??

People say that NY doesn't need a festival as all bands are playing here all the time...well like Pulp (until now al least) Blur did not played here either.

And one of (many) good things of having a big festival is that you get to see the band you like more often. Arcade Fire play here once and that's It. Strokes either. All in the the boring MSG. In the summer we have a lot of shitty little shows here and there in the parks that I would trade any day for one good solid day of festival outdoor.

To be honest (and I'm know people get here will get crazy for read this here, specially because has no sarcasm involved) I'm kind of tired of this indie Brooklyn bands like Animal Collective and etc playing every year in the parks. Would like to see bigger bands from all over than locals. It doesn't have to be Glastonbury, but one day of Lollapalloza with Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys etc in the same day would do the trick.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2011 7:36 PM

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