Entries tagged with: Glastonbury
England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...
Nick Cave @ SXSW 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
One of the Grand Dammes of the music festival world Glastonbury 2013 will happen June 28 - 30 in the UK town of the same name. (They skipped last year.) Announced acts include The Rolling Stones, Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Elvis Costello, Kenny Rogers (!), Portishead, Foals, Tame Impala, Alt-J, Billy Bragg, PiL, Smashing Pumpkins, Chic, Cat Power, The Horrors, Rodriguez, Palma Violets, Savages, Crystal Castles and a whole lot more.
No word on tickets yet. You can check out the full line-up on the flyer below.
As recently mentioned, Modeselektor will be back this summer as part of the Identity Festival that hits both Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center. According to the listed lineup, they will be playing "live" at those dates. Their most recent trip to North America also had them DJing. A full list of dates is below.
In October, we get a new album: "Monkeytown (most likely a ten-track album) features collaborations with a slew of special guests, including Thom Yorke on two songs, Busdriver, PVT, Anti Pop Consortium, and Miss Platnum. It will be released on September 30th in Germany, October 3rd in the UK, and October 4th in the USA. There will be no album pre-singles, however, there will be 3 or 4 singles following the album."
"Monkeytown" is also the name of Modeselektor's record label which has been releasing Siriusmo albums including a new one that collects 42 tracks that were released individually between 2000-2010. Siriusmo was also just here with Modeselektor when they played Mutek and Webster Hall as part of their "Modeselektion" nights. Modeselektion is also the name of a compilation series they're releasing on the label.
Speaking of Thom Yorke,
"The Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke played a secret DJ set after the band's surprise appearance at the Glastonbury Festival at the weekend.Thom also played "Kill Bill Vol. 4" by Modeselektor. Full list below...
The singer hit the decks alongside the band's long-time producer Nigel Godrich in the Shangri-La area of the festival site at Worthy Farm, Somerset.
Songs in their set included Major Lazer's 'Pon Da Floor' and 'Undoing The Laces' by Nathan Fake - you can see the rest below courtesy of Yorke." [Gigwise]
photos by Tim Griffin
DJ Shadow @ the Great Escape
Instrumental hip hop guru DJ Shadow is set to release his first LP in five years The Less You Know, The Better on September 5. He released the single "I Gotta Rokk" back in May. Check out the video for that track below.
DJ Shadow performed at Glastonbury this past weekend. According to @RadioRassilon, "DJ Shadow in the John peel tent at #Glastonbury - mind boggling. I'm boggled. Boggled flat." We don't have pictures from his set there but we did catch at the Great Escape, also in the UK, in May. As previously seen on the BV Facebook, pictures from that one are in this post.
Those fests were some of many performances Shadow has/had lined up this summer, which is largely being occupied by the touring electronic festival, IDentity Festival in August and early September. IDentity will be headlined by Kaskade, Steve Aoki (who was spotted at the Gay Pride Parade on Sunday), and Steve Lawler. It also includes live sets by Holy Ghost!, Hercules and Love Affair, and Modeselektor. It hits PNC Bank Arts Center in Jersey on 8/14 and Jones Beach in Long Island on 8/21. Tickets are on sale for both.
Video, tour dates, more live pics and the IDentity Fest lineup and flier below...
Bono realizes he needs new shoes @ Giants Stadium in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, is launching the Take Off Your Boots campaign to collect shoes for the charity Soles4Souls, and giving away tickets to the U2 360 Tour to those who participate. From May through July, StubHub with the help of Hard Rock Cafe, will host events in Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle to collect new or gently used shoes. In exchange for donating a pair of shoes at these events, fans will receive a pair of U2 tickets.The Take Off Your Boots campaign will come to NYC on July 20 from 11 AM to 2 PM at the StubHub Last Minute Services Storefront on 40th and Broadway. The full list of cities with dates and locations is below.
Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based charity, collects shoes and distributes them to people in need. Since 2005, it has given more than 13 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes to people in over 125 countries.
"We are thrilled StubHub is making it easy for people in these cities to donate to our cause. We hope that as a result of the Take Off Your Boots campaign , Soles4Souls will be able to distribute thousands of pairs of shoes to those who are most in need," said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls.
There is a limit of one pair of U2 tickets per person donating a pair of shoes at the Take Off Your Boots events, while supplies last. Shoes must be gently used or new to be accepted.
U2 played Glastonbury Festival this past weekend. Check out a video of that with their setlist and all tour dates below...
"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.fm)
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
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.'Video and setlist of Pulp's performance (which Kate Moss did not witness) below.
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]
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...
HEY WE ARE PLAYING OUR ENTIRE CHEMCOM ALBUM ON NOV 5 IN BROOKLYN WITH SOME COOL SPECIAL GUESTS. OR ARE WE? -Fucked Up
Fucked Up @ Pool Party in July (more by Bao Nguyen)
Yesterday in our FYF Fest post we wrote that hopefully Fucked Up would be playing an NYC show sometime soon. Then we noticed the above message. Are they playing 2008's The Chemistry Of Common Life on November 5th? If so, where? Todd P currently has a "venue tba" show happening on that date with the band Grass Widow (who will be in town for a few days that week). Brooklyn Bowl is occupied on that date, but Music Hall of Williamsburg is clear.
UPDATE: It looks like it's Brooklyn Masonic Temple.
F'd Up recently played a set of European (and other summer) festivals. Their set at Glastonbury, as captured on YouTube, had a number of highlights - Damian crowdsurfing, Damian climbing the scaffolding...the songs. Clips are posted below...
Jack White's Nashville-based Third Man Records will be opening a pop up store in NYC for a limited time. It will be located at 131 Chrystie Street (between Broome and Delancey) with retail hours from 10 AM-6 PM on July 16th and 17th only. Be sure to stop by to pick up your copy of The Dead Weather's highly anticipated debut album, Horehound, out July 14th, as well as other Third Man releases and merch.July 16 & 17 are also the dates of the NYC shows at Terminal 5.
If you're not in NYC or Nashville, you can pre-order your copy of Horehound from The Dead Weather webstore at http://thedeadweather.kungfustore.com/categories/76-music). Pre-order your double LP or CD prior to the July 13th (UK/Europe)/July 14th (US) release and receive one of two previously unseen live photos of the band, taken at the Roxy by photographer Nic Adler. The photo comes as a free download at checkout.
Live Dead Weather videos from Glastonbury (6/26), below...
Mutek banner in Montreal - May 27, 2009 (bneely)
Mutek, the electronic music festival celebrating its tenth year, is currently underway in Montreal. The five-day fest runs to Sunday, May 31st, and it's streaming online. Moderat, the Modeselektor & Apparat supergroup, performed at Mutek on Thursday, May 28th; the group plays NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, May 30th (the show was originally planned for Webster Hall). Tickets are still on sale.
Speaking of parties up North this summer... three other biggies are Ottawa Bluesfest (July 8th-19th), Vancouver Folk Music Festival (July 17-19th) and Calgary Folk Music Festival (July 23rd-26th). Each of those suitably transcend the "blues" and "folk" labels, hosting bands like The Dead Weather and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (in Ottawa), The Weakerthans and Rock Plaza Central (in Vancouver), and The Decemberists, Apostle of Hustle, Kid Koala and Akron/Family (in Calgary). Full lineup for the Calgary Fest (Ottawa in particular is much too massive to post) and ticket info below.
And don't forget about the previously reported Breeders-headlined Sled Island Fest in Calgary on June 24th-27th, Montreal's Osheaga, NXNE, and Toronto's Olympic Island Fest on July 11th, which will host Broken Social Scene and its Arts & Crafts cohorts.
Across the pond, UK's Glastonbury Festival, which runs from June 24th to 28th, has been sold out since February even though the full lineup wasn't announced until this week. Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and Blur will be joined by The Specials, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Spinal Tap, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Madness, Tom Jones, Animal Collective and many others.
And finally in the States, Monolith Festival, which runs from September 12th to 13th at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorado, has announced its intial lineup, Girl Talk, Passion Pit, and The Walkmen included. The whole thing is posted below.
The weekend before Monolith, Bumbershoot will take place in Seattle (September 5th-7th). That fest's lineup has been updated too. New additions include Vivian Girls, Akron/Family, and Elvis Perkins. All new additions, with previously announced acts, are below. Tickets are still on sale.
In Michigan, the Rothbury Festival over July 4th weekend will feature the only summer fest performance by The Dead, as well as sets by Bob Dylan, String Cheese Incident, Broken Social Scene and more. A few more jam-friendly acts were also just added to the bill. Full lineup below. Tickets are on sale.
Info on all the above fests, with ticket info, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Outdoor music fest fun...Woodstock '94
Tickets for the Austin City Limits festival - happening this year on October 2nd-4th in Austin's Zilker Park - go on sale today (Tuesday, April 7th) at 11am EST. That sale happens in advance of the fest's official lineup announcement, scheduled for April 28th.
Calgary festival Sled Island hasn't announced its lineup either. But Sled Island does have a pre-fest fundraiser planned for Saturday April 11th (tickets on sale). Headlining that show at Calgary's Royal Canadian Legion will be 2008 fest performer Fucked Up (video below). Sled Island itself takes place June 25th-28th. Curating this year's festivities will be Colin Newman from Wire (who also played Sled Island '08).
Camp Bisco, a three-night fest headlined by The Disco Biscuits, is happening on July 16th-18th in Mariaville, NY. The artists playing include Nas, Chromeo, The Orb, Dr. Dog and more (full lineup below). Tickets are on sale now.
Monolith Festival is happening again this year in September at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorodo. No acts or dates have been announced yet - but last year's lineup was pretty stellar with TV on the Radio, Justice, Band of Horses, and more playing.
Merge Records is running its own 20th-anniversary festival, XX Merge, on July 22nd-26th in North Carolina. The lineup has been partially announced - with acts like Superchunk, Spoon, Conor Oberst, and M. Ward confirmed. Five-day passes go on sale Wednesday, April 8th at 10am.
Glastonbury sold out its last batch of tickets this week. The UK festival, happening June 26th-28th, has confirmed acts that include Lily Allen, Fleet Foxes, Neil Young, Blur, Bruce Springsteen, Emiliana Torrini, Doves, Franz Ferdinand, The Ting Tings, and Echo And The Bunnymen.
Other previously reported summer fests include:
Bonnaroo is happening too, from June 11th-14th in Manchester, TN.
There are more confirmed festivals, but I think that's enough for this post. In the unconfirmed department, Woodstock '09 is currently shoping for a venue.
Camp Bisco's lineup, video of Fucked Up at last year's Sled Island Fest and Green Day at Woodstock '94 below...
"I can reveal veteran rockers NEIL YOUNG and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN will join ageing Brit-poppers BLUR as bill-toppers at next year's event.Blur have also confirmed another show in the UK in July, and people are wondering if they will play Coachella. Bruce Springsteen is also rumored to play Bonnaroo. Neil Young recently played two nights @ MSG in NYC.
Ticket sales for the most recent bash were the slowest in years.
It was even feared that the event would not sell-out for the first time in its 38-year history.
Many people pointed the finger of blame squarely at the line-up, which was devoid of any truly legendary acts. But now it looks like Somerset native Eavis has come up with the goods in spectacular fashion." [The Sun] (thx Hiro)
Leonard and his audience (retrotravelbug)
Michael Eavis might have said his goal was to "get the young people back" at this year's Glastonbury Festival - but it was veteran singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen who most impressed the 72-year-old organiser at this year's bash.videos and set list below....
Speaking to 'The Independent' today (Tuesday July 1), Eavis, who watched Cohen's Pyramid Stage set from the side of the stage on Sunday June 29, hailed the entire festival as a success, but singled the 73-year-old Canadian legend out for particular praise:
"Leonard Cohen was so polite and such a gentleman. He took his hat off every time he finished a song, and bowed to the audience."
Predictably, the best-received song in Cohen's set was 'Hallelujah', the track which originally appeared on his 1984 album Various Positions, and gained a new lease of life when Jeff Buckley covered it on his acclaimed 1994 album 'Grace'.
Beginning the song just as the sun was setting, Cohen delighted the crowd by changing the lyric, "I told the truth, I didn't come here to fool ya" to "I told the truth, I didn't come to Glastonbury to fool ya". The crowd sang every chorus with Cohen, and gave him a massive ovation at the end. [UNCUT]
Neil Diamond @ Glastonbury 2008 (whiper)
There may or may not still be tickets left to one of the four shows Neil Diamond is playing in NYC in August. Check out the videos from his set at Glastonbury this weekend (Crystal Castles and Neil Diamond at the same festival. I love that.)......
DOWNLOAD: Alabama 3 - Woke Up This Morning (MP3)
Brothers Unconnected (SCG) @ Knitting Factory - June 22, 2008 (nana untel)
today in NYC & NJ
* FREE STUFF
* The Feelies @ Maxwell's
* 50 Cent @ Nokia Theater
* Alabama 3 @ Irving Plaza
* Pearl Jam @ Beacon Theater
* Type O Negative @ Starland Ballroom
* Death Vessel & Deer Tick @ Knitting Factory
Alabama 3. You're probably familiar with the song on the top of this post.
I went to see Type O Negative at Terminal 5 on Saturday. I've seen Type O Negative a lot and Saturday was not a great show - I think partially because half the crowd was there just to see Hatebreed who went on last and partially because frontman Peter Steele just doesn't seem to be doing so well.
Sonic Youth tickets will be available that morning.
Video of Lykke Li performing at Glastonbury below...
Glastonbury 2008 (BBC)
Check out the videos of Crystal Castles live at Glatonbury below. In case you were wondering what all the fuss is about....
Jack White & Last Shadow Puppets @ Glastonbury - June 28, 2008 (cred)
There had been rumours flying around Glastonbury that the Last Shadow Puppets would make a surprise appearance at some point during the three day event.The video of Jack playing with them is below along with every official video the Last Shadow Puppets have made (because I don't think I ever posted them before).
The band, which is the side project of Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys and the Rascals' Miles Kane, performed on the Park Stage to a large crowd who had gathered in hope of their appearance.
But fans got far more than they bargained for as none other then Jack White joined them on stage.
6 Music caught up with Alex Turner backstage who said it was all his girlfriend Alexa Chung's idea to get Jack White on board.
Turner said: "Well actually Alexa said, 'Is Jack White playing with you, why don't you get him?'. As she was sprawled across the bed while we were having a nap earlier on. So I thought yeah, that would be a good idea. So off I went and then he kindly joined us." [BBC]
The next Last Shadow Puppets NYC show is going to be somewhat larger than their last one. All dates (including one in LA) below too.....
Guignol's Franz Nicolay @ McCarren Pool (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
today in NYC
* FREE STUFF
* Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
* The Zydepunks & Guignol @ Silent Barn
* Soft Circle, Drawlings & Lichens @ Death By Audio
* Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson & Deer Tick @ Southpaw
* Eef Barzelay, Ferraby Lionheart & Shawn Fogel @ Mercury Lounge
Shawn Fogel will be playing at Mercury Lounge with journalist Michael Azerrad on drums and Guster's Josh Cohen on bass.
Drawlings is Abby Portner of Rings solo. Abby Portner's brother is David Portner aka Avey Tare of Animal Collective. Rings is on Paw Tracks, etc...
Check out a video of Gossip performing at Glastonbury (with a very purple Beth Ditto) below.
Thousands of fans converge on the Pyramid stage to witness the fabulous Amy Winehouse perform live and to find out if, as the gossip magazines say, she is indeed truly out of control. [BBC]I can't believe they really had her play the festival this weekend. Check out some songs, including one where she descends into the huge crowd (and "punches fan"), in the videos below...
Remember what Noel Gallagher said about Jay-Z playing Glastobury? Well, that festival was this weekend and look what Jay-Z did...
Speaking of Oasis,
The inquest into The Mysterious Case of the Missing Glastonbury Ticket Sales has taken an ugly turn. Suggestions that festival fatigue, poor weather or hordes of rival festivals have stopped people rushing to buy tickets have been set aside, because apparently Noel Gallagher knows better: it's all Jay-Z's fault.
"If it ain't broke don't fix it," Gallagher said of the choice of Jay-Z as Pyramid Stage headliner along with The Verve and Kings of Leon, possibly alluding to his own attitude to song-writing at the same time. "If you start to break it then people aren't going to go. I'm sorry, but Jay-Z? Fucking no chance. Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music and even when they throw the odd curve ball in on a Sunday night you go 'Kylie Minogue?' I don't know about it. But I'm not having hip-hop at Glastonbury, no way man. It's wrong." [Guardian]
Editors (now with hair) @ Glastonbury 2007 (CRED)
EDITORS ' new album 'An End Has A Start' is out today in the UK on Kitchenware/Sony BMG, and comes out in the US on July 17th on Epic/FADER Label/Kitchenware. This past weekend the band played Glastonbury, and in September they'll tour the U.S. again.Tickets go on presale this Tuesday @ 10am. The show in NYC is at Webster Hall on September 7th. All tour dates below....
I missed a lot of the regulars the first time around, so here's a few more....
The Hold Steady
Tokyo Police Club @ Glastonbury 2007 (CRED)
Fresh off an appearance at the 2007 Glastonbury Festival, Tokyo Police Club have added a 2nd show at Bowery Ballroom in August.
some of TPC's 2007 Tour Dates
8/10 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY (SOLD OUT)
8/11 - Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ (SOLD OUT)
8/12 - Middle East Downstairs Cambridge, MA
8/13 - Bowery Ballroom New York, NY (NEW)
Tickets will probably go on sale Wednesday? More tour dates & a new TPC video HERE. An interview with TPC HERE, and even more TPC HERE. Bloc Party @ Glastonbury HERE, and more pics from Glastobury HERE.
Bloc Party @ Glastonbury 2007 (CRED)
Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke has a secret confession to his army of supporters - he doesn't like music festivals because they remind him of when he was at school. The British rocker's band performed at the Glastonbury festival yesterday, and will be headlining a number of shows around Europe and America over the summer.Bloc Party had to cancel last time they were supposed to play the Theater at Madison Square Garden in NYC. They try it again on October 3rd - not long after they play Austin City Limits & a show in Toronto. A fan club presale starts Tuesday. More dates surely TBA soon. All known dates below....
But he doesn't find the experience being backstage at festivals very enjoyable.
He says: "It's like being at a school reunion with people you know the faces of but don't really know at all." [Starpulse]
"This weekend saw the Glastonbury Festival taking place but it also saw one of the wettest weekends that we’ve seen recently - it was p*ssing down quite a lot of the time. The result was that the Glastonbury site at Pilton, Somerset once again turned into a bit of a quagmire with ankle deep mud in many places. That however didn’t stop about 170,000 people enjoying all the music and other events on offer on the various stages throughout the site and there was something for everyone from all the latest hot bands to long-established acts like The Who – headliners on Sunday night." [Sonic State]