The Cure@Glastonbury 2019

The night was young, the stage lights lit up and main stage, the night was young (ish) and the crowds gathered in the masses with pure excitement. Blood, sweat and adrenaline was rising, apart from the summer temperature. 80’s rockers, The Cure made a much anticipated return to Glastonbury, some 29 years since they last headlined back in 1990. And it’s worth noting that they headlined some fours years before then back in 1986, making them the second (or third) band to have headlined all THREE DAYS. Impressive. Front-man Robert Smith opened the set with Plain Busy before continuing their set with numerous hits such as Never Enough, Disintegration, Push, Love Song, The Walk. Between some songs Robert found the time to talk to both the crowd and fans alike. What is fantastic about the band and tonight’s performance was that they appealed to fans and music lovers both old and new. Even after all this time the band are as on-top and incredible now as they were back in the 80’s and early 90’s. The Cure can do no wrong and Robert Smith can still pull off his infamous long. Towards the end of their set they performed two of their biggest hits to date, Friday I’m in Live and the ever well-known tune Close to Me. The band ended the night on Boys Don’t Cry. All I’ll say is that The Cure were definitely worth the wait and you can forgive these guys for a long absence.

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Other live performances on today were Maverick Sabre who never fails to impressive, Christine and The Queens who, quite frankly, is always welcome, as is Friendly Fires. A welcome addition to the live line-up was Billie Eilish who impressed the crowds with her latest track Bad Guy.

Look forward to you next year Glastonbury

The Killers@Glastonbury 2019

The sun was setting, the adrenaline was rising as was the excitement and anticipation. It was the moment that everyone had been waiting for, American rock/indie band, The Killers, made their return to Glastonbury Festival and it was their second time headlining since their first appearance back in 2007. It was definitely worth the wait. Crowds screamed and chanted as the band, led by front-man, Brandon Flowers finally made their appearance before a crowd of hundreds of thousands. The band opened their set with the song Jenny Was a Friend of Mine, then they sang hit after hit after hit. Throughout the entire set Glasto fans were treated to an amazing light-show fest. Seriously, you could’ve gazed at it for at least 10 minutes and not got bored of it. If anything it helped build an incredible atmosphere. The Killers knew what both the crowds and fans wanted and wasted no time giving it to them. Armed with an incredible voice, guitar backing and drum beats they treated the people to songs such as The Man, Shot at The Night, Runaways, Read My Mind, Bling (Confessions of The King), Spaceman. Popular hits such as Somebody Told Me, always a crowd pleaser. During the set, and for some unknown reason, Jimmy Carr, appeared on stage on janitorial duties. I’m not going to bother asking. Towards the end of the set The Killers were joined onstage by Pet Shop Boys to perform a duet of Always on My Mind, they even stayed to sing a Killers hit, Human. Not bad going seeing as both bands are complete musical opposites. As the awesome night drew to a close Johnny Marr joined the band whilst they did a cover version of The Charming Man. I’ve heard the original and the Killers cover was quite good.

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Other performances during the day were from Tame Impala and Lewis Capaldi as well as Hot Chip. Overall, another fantastic night

 

Stormzy@Glastonbury 2019

UK grime rap music saw history being made today as British grime rap artist, Stormzy, made his headline debut on Glastonbury’s headlining slot tonight. The night was getting dark, the stage was a awash the incredible lighting effects in preparation for what was about to happen. Stormzy at last made his much anticipated debut on the main stage. Every potential headliners dream and for him it certainly was. He opened his set with Know Me From, even donning a union-jack bullet-proof vest (nice touch, I think). Fists were in the air, adrenaline was rising and anticipation was going sky-high. Stormzy churned his way through is set which by all accounts was absolutely epic to say the least. The first four songs of his set were solo, no-one on the stage but him though between Mr Skeng and Cigarettes & Cush the crowds were treated to a fluidic set by a ballet dancing duo. You don’t see that every year at Glastonbury, at least not on the pyramid stage anyway. By this point the blood, seat and tears were simply oozing as Stormzy continued his way through his set performing fresh songs such as Cold, Crown, Bad Boys, Shut Up. During his set he was joined by Chris Martin from Coldplay to perform Blinded By Your Grace pt 1. Part 2 was done later on with gospel backing. Whilst performing he even did a cover version of 00’s hit Sweet Like Chocolate. The crowds just couldn’t get enough, it it liked Stormzy couldn’t either. In keeping with the charts he was joined by other rappers to perform Funky Friday which made history by becoming the first British rap song to top the UK charts. Like all musical greats he ended his set on his epic track, Big For Your Boots. Towards the end of his set he paid tribute to several other grime/rap artists who helped pave the way for him and many others waiting in the wings such as Ms Banks. All I can say is that today/tonight musical history was made by having the first-ever British rap artist headline Glastonbury. TRULY EPIC!!!!!

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Also performing today were Two Door Cinema Club who performed all their hits including Satellite and George Ezra who wowed huge crowds with his hits including Shotgun and Paradise.

Graham Norton/Taylor Swift

Just caught a glimpse, well heard a glimpse actually, of Taylor Swift’s new song, Me, just a few minutes ago and I have to admit it’s not overly bad. The songs does it its moments in terms of the way in which it’s structured and has a sort of ‘girly vibe’ to it. Now I openly admit that I’m not a huge fan of Taylor Swift yet I openly admit that she’s a good singer and has a big vocal range on her. In regards to her singing abilities she’s actually quite good and seems, displays full confidence in herself and shows a commanding presence whenever she’s on the stage. In tonight’s performance she had great backing singers who appeared to be more like actual band members than just average backing singers. However, despite the fact that her new single sounds good I won’t be rushing to buy or download it anytime soon. Me is out now and is on her new album of which the title has yet to be released.

Also on the sofa were James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Sophie Turner and Jessica Chastain to discuss the new upcoming X-Men film, Dark Phoenix which comes out in early June. As an X-Men I genuinely can’t wait for this

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Graham Norton/Shakespear’s Sister

I first remember hearing ‘Stay’ when it first came out and it was a powerhouse of a hit, Siobahn and Marcella’s voices just hit all the right notes, and within all intents and purposes it was a rich, powerful song with deep, gothic quality. It’s been 27 years since they performed it and it’s not lost any of its touch. Sound-wise it’s got a bit lighter but then you’re just reminded of how great Siobahn and Marcella sound together. Stay still holds the record for the the most weeks at no.1, eight impressive weeks back in it’s heyday. It’s one of those songs that defies time and still sounds as incredible as it did back then. Anyway, the ladies of Shakespear are releasing a new album called Singles Party, can’t wait. A great comeback for Shakespear’s Sister. Also on the sofa were Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Kevin Hart and Octavia Spencer.

On The TV… Claire Richards

Only just finished watching Claire Richards (former Steps front-woman) sing her new single These Wings on the TV, I’m just going to say now that even though I’ve never been a fan of hers I have to confess I liked her tonight. These Wings is quite a heartfelt song that definitely has that drive to it as it gathers momentum not long after it starts. Wings is one of those type of songs where it carries emotions and has that intimate feel to it. As a singer all I’ll say is that, despite not being a fan, she is quite talented and can hit the high notes required for such a track. On the whole it had a stage musical feel and added a bit more energy and power performance,  also it was nice to see Claire perform with a collective of musical individuals who weren’t steps.

Also on the sofa providing banter and gossip were former James Bond actress Judi Dench (the 90’s M), Cuckoo star Greg Davies, Kenneth Branagh and boxer Anthony Joshua

On The TV: Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus

Musical legend Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus have got together and have made a new song and, Nothing Breaks You Like a Heart, is the result. As an open fan of Ronson but not quite of Cyrus I just found myself liking this song within the first few seconds. Miley’s voice fits the song perfectly and adds just that little bit extra to the music though there is a slight southern-state twang to her voice. Oddly enough it actually works really well. As for Ronson, what can you honestly say about him that’s not already been said? the guy’s a musical genius who just will not let you down. The chorus itself ‘Nothing, nothing, nothing gon’ save us now’ is both catchy and addictive. I’ve a feeling this’ll quickly grow on me. The song is off the album Late Night Feelings.

TV chief Jamie Oliver, actress/singer Hailee Steinfield, actor Matthew McConaughy and wrestler-turned actor John Cena were also on the sofa adding banter and discussing upcoming projects.

On The TV… Take That

Just finished watching Take That performing one of their hit singles Greatest Day and I have to say that even though I was never a fan, both in their 90’s heyday or now, I thoroughly enjoy listening to it. Gary Barlow just lives and breathes front-man material as he just possess an incredible voice as he sang with Mark Owen and Howard Donald. They’re great to, I’m not denying it. I think that for any fan of the band either from their original heyday and/or since their comeback you simply cannot deny that they’re like a good wine; they just seem to get better with age. Also, Greatest Day is just another example of Gary’s talent not only as a singer but also as a song-writer.

Michael Buble on The Graham Norton Show

Just finished watching Canadian singer Michael Buble perform his latest song, I Only Have Eyes For You, and I have to admit that even though I’m not a huge fan of his he  does a good version. There’s only a few handful of male artists I can think of who can cover this song and still do it some justice, and he Buble is one of them. He’s just got the actual voice for it. The man’s voice is both melodic and soothing and is a vocal equivalent of lemon tea and honey. Relaxed, slow-paced and jazzy with a bit of swing. In a way it reminds of Harry Connick Jnr when he performed the theme to When Harry Met Sally as it’s in a similar vein. I openly admit that though I’m not a fan of the guy I’ll confess he has got a great singing voice.

Carey Mulligan, Taron Egerton and Sir Ian McKellen provided banter and laughs as well as discussing their own individual upcoming projects

Mumford & Sons on The Graham Norton Show

Currently been watching Indie/folk lads, also known as Mumford & Sons perform their new single Guiding Light on TV right now and all I can say is welcome back guys. The song is terrific and the guys’ vocal talents have not lost any of their touch and their voices are still as soothing as they’ve always been. Marcus Mumford, their lead man doesn’t fail to deliver when it comes to a live show. Ben, Winston and Ted always deliver when it comes to doing the backing vocals. Their new single Guiding Light is available on their new album Delta.

Kurt Russell, Claire Foy, Lee Evans and David Walliams plenty of banter as well as discussing their upcoming projects.