Fontaines DC – Different Stage
My childhood was small, however I’m gonna be large!” These had been the phrases promised on Fontaines DC’s debut album. With a gentle construct in the previous couple of years after which one gigantic swoop of success following their No 1 album, this 12 months’s Skinty Fia, the band have grow to be simply that. And on a sizzling Sunday afternoon at Glastonbury, the swarm of twitching followers who buzz across the Different Stage solely serve to reaffirm it.
A real showman, frontman Grian Chatten – carrying his typical Pogues T-shirt – throws his arms upwards to summon a cheer. The Dublin-formed group have landed a tricky time slot, clashing with Diana Ross within the Legends Slot over on the Pyramid. It’s testomony to their fearsome fame as a reside act that they’ve attracted such an enormous crowd.
Now three albums deep, the five-piece have been on the forefront of the current rock resurgence. They’ve additionally stubbornly resisted categorisation, as an alternative defining themselves by Chatten’s sharp, observational lyrics and their intense, driving instrumentation.
They throw out a couple of numbers from their 2019 debut, Dogrel, together with the sonically moodier, but lyrically hopeful tracks of follow-up A Hero’s Demise. Normally an unflinchingly cool collective, they’ll’t assist however grin as mosh pits broil up in entrance of them. On the cue of “Jackie Down the Line”, a sea of sticky our bodies broils and bashes into each other. Fontaines received’t be dying a dying any time quickly.
McFly – Avalon
I do know we’re residing in an age of nostalgia, however even I (a former superfan) am shocked how large the gang for McFly’s first Glastonbury set is.
You’ve obtained to provide it to ‘em. Virtually twenty years for the reason that sort-of-pop, sort-of-emo band burst into the scene with their debut single “5 Colors in Her Hair”, the four-piece have packed out the Avalon stage at Worthy Farm.
Issues kick off, surprisingly, with “Purple”, giving the band an opportunity to flex their reside guitar expertise. Extra rock-heavy deep cuts observe straight after: “Tune for the Radio”, “Lies”. It’s a few of their greatest materials, however you possibly can inform the viewers is impatient for the hits. I believe I may be the one particular person in a 10-metre radius singing alongside.
Not less than the band are self conscious. “If you happen to loved that, we’re Mcfly. However in case you didn’t get pleasure from that, we’re Busted,” the gang are advised, earlier than a rendition of “Clearly” that perks everybody up no finish. A trio of crowd-pleasers follows: “All About You”, “Room on the Third Flooring” and the band’s cowl of “Don’t Cease Me Now”.
“Star Woman” will get the largest reception for its eternally juvenile lyric: “There’s nothing on earth that might save us/ Once I fell in love with Uranus.” Something post-2008 falls a bit flatter.
In brief: an ideal McFly set for me, particularly. Others within the viewers had been left wanting extra.