Words: Rob Chadwick, Leeds
 
It could be claimed that each new Glastonbury Festival reawakens everyone’s passion for not only music but life itself. A sense of resurgence runs through your body that awakens a new wave of vibrancy that remains with you till the end of the year; the memories, the new people you meet, the old friends you catch up with, and the acts that put it all on the line to secure the addles in the history of the near 50 year festival
 
We are Leeds, are the city that has amplified and impressed their own legacy at Worthy Farm with the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, The Sunshine Underground through to the current crop of amazing electronic talent, old and new, who led the pack  in the Bloc 9 district.
 
It goes without saying that we saw the legend that is Dave Beer cycling around in the sunshine on his chopper to healthy applause; we saw Tristan Da Cunha perform his Dungeon Meat set, which has become a tradition in the last 4 years I’ve been back on the hallowed turf. We can also lay claim to have watched Basics legend, and resident, James Holroyd warm up in front of 50,000 people before the Chemical Brothers who arguably produced their best set on The Other Stage; more on that later.
 
I have picked out my own top 5 acts from my 8th Glastonbury, and one that I chalk up as being one of my favourite festivals yet!
 
FONTAINES DC
 
 
 
Irish punk band Fontaines DC have oozed class with oodles of dramatic and ear-piercing base;  since their debut album, Dogrel, the band have hit immediate heights all culminating this past Glastonbury with one of the standout performances on the John Peel stage. There is a vastly emphasised Dublin accent that marries well with the guitar loops and drum peddles whilst a hungry crowd jived along in sweaty Glastonbury sunshine. Tracks like ’To Real’, ‘Big’ and Liberty Bell earnedhuge reactions from a very knowledgeable crowd; I can guarantee that this band have one of the most promising futures over the next two years. 
 
You can see them at Leeds University this November.
 
POND
 
 
 
If you’ve never heard of this band, then check them out! Pond are a psychedelic rock band that hail from Western Australia; they have a revolving line-up which consist of Tame Impala’s Jay Watson. Their wavy tones and a fuzzy modern take on glam rock ethos was a perfect way to celebrate Glastonbury’s Saturday afternoon in perfect sunshine. Following on from Fontaines DC was an ideal engagement between heavy hitting drums to a more acid-tinged, slow-paced soundtrack. Cuts like ’The Weather’ , ‘Zond’ and ‘Paint Me Silver’ were fulfilling and timely as the sun burst through the tent.
 
 
CHEMICAL BROTHERS
 
 
With the sad news of  Keith Flints passing in March and with The Prodigy subsequently cancelling their headline spot onThe Other Stage, it was only fitting the electronic duo, The Chemical Brothers, stepped in to perform the Saturday night. Opening with Go, their visual entourage followed suit! An epic selection of classics like Block Rockin’ Beats and Wide Open. 
 
Whilst their gymnasts and trippy phone man stayed, new illusions arrived on scene to captivate a new era – Hey Boy, Hey Girl, was a highlight as always, it was the most crowd-pleasing moment once the seamless beat dropped. The dedication to Keith Flint at the end was epic and truly cemented the legacy of an Essex hero.
 
You can catch them at Leeds Arena this November.
 
 
 
LIAM GALLAGHER
 
 
Ok, I know, it’s an obvious choice!. However at 7pm, on a Saturday night, as the sun is burning a hole through the Pyramid stage and you’ve been walking around for 8 hours and covering the best part of 11miles – all you need is a few Manchester classics to ease the pain. There wasn’t a head without a bucket hat and it was the busiest I’ve seen the main stage at Glastonbury since The Rolling Stones; but, as we shifted our way through to the centre we were met by the sounds ‘F**ckin’ in the Bushes’ which created a shear uproar to the onlookers. There wasn’t one quiet moment,  as between each song,  we were orchestrated by a huge “LIAM” chant from his adoring audience. Tracks like Wonderwall, and another emotional dedication to the late great Keith Flint almost brought the fans to tears, whilst Slide Away was also dedicated to a close friend, Lauren, who was stood inches in front of me. A truly moving highlight of the whole event.
 
 
 
LARRY HEARD
 
 
As the original pioneer of the house genre, Larry Heard was arguably the pick on the new IICON stage that took Glastonbury by storm this summer. Often referred too as Mr Fingers, the Chicago native, offered us his timeless live set which was a true highlight of the weekend. After three decades it seemed as though he was still the most relevant icon (no pun intended) to perform on this new stage which was the hottest topic of conversation at this year’s Glasto.  Swedish singer Fatima joined him to act from his full length. Stood in the centre of postman’s head and surrounded by a three-dimension scope of onlooking dancersMr Heard performed in front of a packed audience which garnered one of the highlights of the weekend. ‘Mystery of Love’ and ‘Washing Machine’ earned a hands-in-the-air moment, whilst he weaved effortlessly through cuts from all eras.

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