The Best of Glastonbury 2014

10456233_253047764891675_8750958245009853694_nPhotography courtesy of Låpsley Words by Elizabeth Pollard

This year’s Glastonbury Festival was another incredible success. I came back from a weekend in the country with a glowing tan (no, it didn’t rain the entire time), poised to download new (and old) music and a belly full of the country’s finest street food.

As always Emily Evis and team managed to book a fantastically diverse line-up across the stages, from Lily Allen to James Blake to the wildly controversial, Metallica and as ever the minute you return home and someone asks ‘so, who was your hightlight?!’, your mind goes blank as if you’d spent five days hot boxing your pop up tent. Fortunately this is was not how I spent my time at Glastonbury and instead I saw some rather good music! Here are my highlights from 2014.

If you’re a regular reader of Corinne& (or a regular listener of Annie Mac’s Sunday night show) you’ll already be familiar with Liverpool born singer-songwriter-producer Låpsley. Skipping some of the bigger stages and ditching most of my friends to see her perform on the BBC introducing stage was one of the best decisions I made all weekend. It was very apparent from her stage presence that she is still young in the game, but the minute Låpsley turned to the mic, you became overwhelmed by her vocal talent. Switching live between her usual voice and her digitally produced male counterpart was, at first, strange to watch, but it really reminded you that this girl is more than just a voice with some lyrics. Låpsley has a rare gift that imagines the final product in its entirety and she doesn’t let the limitations of her biology stop her!

Over the years Kelis has played a number of different personas: rap legend Nas’ baby momma, 90’s R&B pop diva and now a bohemian soulstress. With each new phase in her career, she fully embraces the look and lifestyle, which is also reflective in her music. Her hits like ‘My Milkshake’ were restyled in to sound like her new album Food, sung in her husky ethereal voice and dripping with Californian vibes. Although an early show on the Pyramid stage, she drew a huge crowd who were all gasping for her and swaying their hips in time to the percussion.

Little Dragon
If I could be anyone in the whole world (besides Sofia Coppola) it would be Yukimi Nagano. Boy does this girl know how to dance. Being a mega-fan means I am writing from a quite a biased position, however, familiar or not with Little Dragon the crowd didn’t show it – dancing like loons to every track, mesmerized by the neon strip lights and imitating Yukimi’s every swish and bop. Much like The Black Keys, Little Dragon stuck to their incredible catalogue of crowd pleasers, from one of the first songs they wrote to their incredible new album Nabuma Rubberband.

video courtesy of BBC

Dolly Parton
Southern charm, witty and an old school entertainer. What more can I say, you’ve seen the replay.

The Black Keys
When returning home and hearing that The Black Keys played a massive 16 song set, it firmly cemented that this duo are one of the most exciting bands around right now. Despite the release of their new album, they stuck to their extensive archive of hits, allowing the crowd to sing, ‘da’ and ‘la’ to every song as the sun set on the farm. Dressed in cracked leather and a neckerchief, front man Dan Auerbach was also winning in the style stakes whilst Patrick Carney rocked out, seemingly oblivious to the thousands of people watching.

Massive Attack
The Sunday night headline clash, meant Massive Attack’s crowd was purely fans (and anyone getting ready to drop the last of their stash of E’s). A slow start into the set full of political and corporate protest, it felt a little heavy for a festival finale. But, fourth(ish) song in Paradise Circus, got the crowd bubbling and entranced in the rest of their hypnotic set. Teardrop and Angels followed one another to set the pace for an epic goodbye to Worthy Farm, making the set, neigh the festival, feel like one massive trip.

De La Soul
This New York four piece brought the sun out to Worthy Farm and created one of the most energetic crowds of the weekend, even getting ‘242’ (one of the stage security) to wave his hands in da aire. Much like Snoop Dog and Wu Tang Clan in previous years, watching a sea of middle class, white people with one hand in the air, bouncin’, proved surreal but in a strange way, uplifting and allowed everyone to release their inhibitions. Nothing would make them look more ridiculous than this.

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