As the sun rises over Worthy Farm for the final day of fun and frolics in the muddy fields, there are some that are suffering acute cases of festival fatigue.
Lionel Ritchie may like to implore that some things in life are easy like a Sunday morning but for thousands this holds little comfort when you unzip the tent to see that the rain had popped back to wreak a little more havoc with the paths and byways. You may be forgiven some unsteadiness after a big night in Shangri-La but for those that made it to the John Peel Stage after breakfast would have found the perfect antidote to a banging head.
Lucy Kitchen’s route to Glastonbury has been via the Emerging Talent Competition and it looks like it’s unearthed a gem as she held a growing crowd in the palm of her hand. Kitchen’s beautiful voice floated around the tent on the gentle pluckings of her acoustic guitar and it made Sunday morning as easy as Lionel had promised.
That may have been a gentle wake-up but it was a fast forward to the best late-night parties as Princess Slayer brought their electronica sound to BBC Introducing. Given a place on the bill after their fantastic performance in the Emerging Talent Final, they didn’t waste their opportunity to show that they deserved to be at Glastonbury. A sparkling set led by the charismatic singer Casey Lim must mean it’s not long before they’re snapped up by a major label and coming to a festival near you.
Django Django are a band that have grown organically from humble beginnings to filling the John Peel Stage Tent. Their first Glasto some five or more years ago had seen them perform in front of 50 people at the Bimble Inn on the Park field. The fact that now thousands jump and holler to every note was not lost on them, even though they twice blew the sound systems. As it went though, this just added to the mounting euphoria which culminated in a triumphant finale to their set.
There was more joy being spread by the usually melancholic Glaswegians Belle and Sebastian as they eschewed their normally calm approach for an all singing and dancing display. As the crowd jumped to the beat of their party line it came as a surprise that Stuart Murdoch would be joined with more choreographed dancers than Paloma Faith and Charli XCX combined before keeping the happy-go-lucky vibe throughout their early evening offering. By the time ‘The Boy with Arab Strap’ rang round The Other Stage, the band had hauled up fifty or so eager performers out of the crowd to join in the revelry.
Whilst those in front of the Pyramid Stage were asking ‘Who are you?’ as they repeated Daltrey and Townsend’s 35 year old question, The Chemical Brothers knew exactly what their purpose was and that was to lay down some block rockin’ beats for the thousands that just wanted to get up and dance. The new offerings were greeted as eagerly as the career defining hits but after four nights, the feeling of festival fatigue had been packed up back in the tent for one last blowout at the greatest show on earth.