Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Glastonbury Day 3: Happy Birthday to ya

The last day of the festival and for some, the day that England played f**king awful and were elimated from the World Cup. For the others, the day they watched Slash play a slightly disappointing set, due to his rather dominating vocalist, Myles Kennedy. Whilst many were left wanting to hear more from the 44-year old guitar legend and less from his unknown and rather annoying side kick, nonetheless Slash showcased his completely unprecedented guitar skills and played a few crowd pleasing Guns and Roses classics including ‘Sweet Child of Mine’.

Kinks frontman Ray Davies followed with a brilliant set, refusing to cut it short and playing ‘See My Friends’ in a moving tribute to late Kinks bassist Pete Quaife. Including the likes of ‘Lola’, ‘Waterloo Sunset’ and fittingly ‘Shangri-La’ into his set list - the crowd were completely entranced and as sad to see Davies leave the stage, as he seemed to be to go.

We Are Scientists followed with a comical, if slightly poor sounding, set on The Other Stage. By no fault of the eccentric indie collective, high winds lessened the tracks impact and whilst the band were energetic, the set found a lot of audiences leaving or taking the opportunity to lay down and have a snooze.

Broken Social Scene graced The John Peel Stage early evening. With ten members of the Canadian outfit on stage and a plethora of, often unrecognisable, instruments, the band wowed with their orchestral, big band sound on tracks like ‘KC Accidental’ and ‘World Sick’, while still managing to deliver the goose-bump provoking delicate vocals of ‘Fire Eye’d Boy’.

With the final headline act of Stevie Wonder every bit as surreal and festival affirming as each crowd member had hoped for, the musical legend rounded off with bringing Michael Eavis on stage to sing Happy Birthday. And what a party it was.

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