Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Glastonbury Day 2: 'mon the Biff

With the weather feeling even hotter and a serious dent made in the dry shampoo, Kate Nash played The Other Stage to a huge crowd brimming with high expectations. Blasting out tracks from both her new album and her debut, it was often clear that the majority of the audience were more there for the pre-fringe lemon-consuming Kate, than the screaming flailing version that accompanied her newest tracks. Sounding at times mroe like a really pissed off Stacey Slater, the qualitiy of tracks from 'My Best Friend Is You' was a little lost and to seemingly attempt appear more alternative and less cockney popster, it all ended up a little unceccesary.

Special guests and possibly Glastonbury's (delberately) worst kept secret, Biffy Clyro took to the Park Stage later in the day and played tracks from their incredible back catalogue, as well as the more mainstream pleasers. The end result being a effortless display of talent that is now as characteristic of the band's live shows as their success is deserved.

Electro charmers Foals took to the John Peel Stage as the sun set to showcase tracks including 'Miami', 'Balloons' and the one that we were all waiting for, 'Spanish Sahara'. The Oxford-hailing five-piece seemed to hypnotise the audience, with them dictating the movements of each audience member as both inside and outside of the tent the crowd danced on each beat and sang back every one of Yanis's crafted lyrics.

Muse later headline the Pyramid stage in a set that drew on their achive of tracks and demonstrated exactly why they had deserved their prestigious slot on Glastonbury's 40th line up. Rounding off their set with U2's 'Where the Streets Have No Name', The Edge joined the band in a sincere tribute to a band that a lot of fans were disappointed to have not seen.

By Laura Routledge

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