Monthly Archives: March 2013

Day One

Just got back home after a good day in Sheffield with Huw at the Detestival Festival at the Queens Social Club. This is a 2 day thing so I’m off there again tomorrow. What allured to it was the fact that a Japanese band, who are quite indescribeable in many respects, musically and effectively played today. I would probably describe them as Japanese, ladyboy, crazy nu-metal. It’s not the best description, but it is literally what comes to my head when I think of this band. Nevertheless, that was today and they definitely lived up to expectations from when we saw them last year supporting the Horrors, along with the band we’ll be seeing tomorrow, Toy.

If people don’t know Toy, they’re awesome. They are basically the inexperienced Horrors I would say, but their music suggests otherwise. It’s like a driving scapy headbash, such a great band, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing them for the first time.

Detestival in general is pretty good, it’s good band after good band, decent drinks, funny people. There was a guy there today who very much looked like Moss from the IT Crowd and also a man who you’d imagine to be the birthchild of Ronnie Wood and Miles Kane. If that does ever happen, you know where you heard it first.

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Posted by on March 30, 2013 in Uncategorized


OK maybe I was wrong

Yesterday I put a post about the Glastonbury line-up which some of you might have seen, and I wasn’t too happy at the fact that Mumford & Sons were headlining, mostly because they’ve only got two albums and therefore, probably not enough recognisable songs. However, after I linked the post to Facebook, Mr Darren Bell argued and quite rightly pointed out that Arctic Monkeys in fact in 2007 headlined the pyramid stage and they had two albums at this point, ‘Whatever people say I am, that’s what I’m not’ and ‘Favourite worst nightmare’. Two great albums I must say. He also said that Arctics then hadn’t had as much airplay as Mumford have which is probably true, they’re all over Radio 1 especially. I don’t really have a comeback for this apart from I’d say that a lot of Arctics songs are fan favourites, stuff like ‘from the ritz to the rubble’ and  ‘this house is a circus’ which they played in said set. Anyway, Glasto’s always going to be controversial, just look at Jay-Z!

In other news, it seems I’ve put weight on. My Dad likes to tease me for this because I used to do the exact same to him! Self-control is definitely a bit of an issue at the moment.

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Posted by on March 29, 2013 in Uncategorized


The ever-interesting Glastonbury line-up

Today I realised that in my post yesterday, I hadn’t spoken about the line-up for this year’s Glastonbury festival. The festival is back after not going ahead last year due to the ground having to be fertilised or whatever it is, even though I believed for ages that it was because of the venues for the London Olympics having to use the many portaloos they have in place! Felt like such a wally when I found out that wasn’t the case. 

Anyway, the line-up this year is pretty decent, you’ve got some fantastic acts such as Public Enemy, the xx, Nas, Primal Scream etc etc etc! Obviously, the big focus point is always on the headliners, and this year I found it a tad strange for one of them. Rolling Stones, fair enough, I’m not the biggest fan of their work I’ll admit, but they’ve been going 50 years live and have never played at the festival so it’s only the perfect time in their career for them to take to the pyramid stage. Arctic Monkeys, brilliant band, one of my all time favourites, and they’ve got new material this year so it should be an awesome set. The one that confuses me however is Mumford & Sons. Now I know they’re a very popular band and a very good one at that, but I’m not being funny, they’ve got two albums, one which has only just been released practically, TWO! That’s nothing for a pyramid stage headline act, I’ll be surprised if they play an hour. They probably will, just to prove me wrong, but it’ll be loads of album tracks that most of the crowd won’t know. I worked out today they’ve got 6 songs that the majority of the crowd will know and they are easily guessable. They don’t deserve it, I know they’ve been really successful but the proof is there. The Smashing Pumpkins are also playing and they have put in probably 20+ more year’s work than Mumford have to get where they are, it’s ridiculous. You can tell Michael Eavis is getting old. Sorry about the rant but I do feel strongly about it in a way. I’ll say this though, they are a perfect Glastonbury band for the type of music that they play.

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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Uncategorized