After a jaw-dropping start to the weekend, Saturday needed a lot to match the Friday, but with a lineup as incredible at Glastonbury 2014, I was sure Saturday was prepped to wow me once again.
My Saturday kicked off with Charli XCX, it took me a while to convince a mate to tag along with me and I very nearly didn’t go, but in the end I’m so glad I saw her. Sporting a gold sequin dress, shades, and an entire (all female) live band, she really did rock the Sonic stage, she churned out the hits including a karaoke-esque Fancy and her great new single Boom Clap which was a great way to bring a close to the set, if anything the crowd was gob-smacked with what a great performance it was, maybe too myself.
Next up was Irish group Kodaline who I opted to see rather than Lana Del Rey purely because the rest of my posse wanted to as well, I knew a couple of Kodaline songs so I was more than happy to- they were pretty good and High Hopes was a real goose-bump-priming, singalong performance that was very well received. It again, chucked it down like on the Friday, and again it wouldn’t stop, we braved the weather throughout Kodaline in anticipation for one of my personal favourites- Imagine Dragons, who really let me down with their setlist at Reading/Leeds last year when I saw them. But this time was different, this time they were at Glastonbury, this time they were on massive Other Stage, had a huge crowd who stood in the pouring rain to watch them, and this time they were prepped, primed and ready to blow our minds. They bounded out onto the stage with masses of energy, caked in mud, giving a greatly intelligent nod at Glastonbury’s roots, as well as a subtle appreciation to the crowd for seeing them despite the weather. They rocked the stage churning out their bangers that the crowd was more than up for, It’s Time was a potent singalong, Radioactive was a hard-hitting finale and overall left myself and the crowd fired and ready for the evening.
Having camped near to The Other Stage, we half-watched/listened to The Manic Street Preachers who played my favourite – Motorcycle Emptiness right at the beginning of their setlist which was great, but we had the beautiful Foxes to watch over at The Sonic Stage. A fair troop of us went over to watch her and for such a small stage, it was probably the biggest I’d seen at Sonic so far, she played all her hits including the ones maybe most people didn’t know she had a hand in including Rudimental’s Right Here and a great slowed-down rendition of Clarity. She cleverly blended Pharrell’s Happy and Massive Attack’s Teardrop which again was well received, the rest of her bangers followed which made for a soulful, melancholic performance which closed with Let’s Go For Tonight, kudos Foxes!
The evening came around, and one of the acts myself and the entirety of my group of friends’ was most looking forward to finally hit the stage- Fatboy Slim. Easily the most disappointing thing I’d ever seen. The man responsible for representing the big beat genre, the pioneer of British electro music, the resurrector or mainstream garage anthems, was fucking woeful. His songs are usually incredible, they have structure, vocals, and what’s more are not just beats- they have substance, instead of playing the likes of Praise You, The Rockafella Skank, Right Here Right Now, Demons and I See You Baby among others, he decided to repeat shoddy beats over and over again, without dropping any of them?! He played his worst song- Eat Sleep Rave Repeat over and over again and used the drop on that a couple of times, which is just as bad. My ‘Glastonbury vibes’ began to take a turn for the worse along with a couple of my festival-goers so we had to get out of there, we went to see Jamie xx who brought us around, possibly resurrecting and salvaging our Saturday night with his blend of house, pop and electro.
However, all was not lost, we’d heard Chase & Status had a secret set to play on The Blues Stage which had nothing but a cubby-hole to perform in, which meant it was a DJ Set rather than Chase & Status Live. Eitherway, we went along and it was pretty good, it was much much too quiet and I’m convinced the main speaker in the central of the viewing area was busted as there wasn’t a lot of ambience where the majority of the crowd was standing- this was disappointing and the crowd wasn’t happy. ‘Turn it up!’ and boos echoed around Glastonbury drowning out the music as well as MC Rage who was desperately trying to convince the audience to engage within the performance despite the lack of volume. A huge chunk of the crowd gave up and left, but Chase & Status continued at the low volume which I don’t think I really got into if I’m honest, the set was good, blending mainstream hits like Drake with Chase & Status classics, it would have been a lot better had the atmosphere been there to help it along, either way, it was pretty good, but not amazing.
On the whole, Saturday was disappointing, Fatboy Slim and Chase & Status were so disappointing and really left a sour-taste, but I think that Charli XCX, Foxes and Imagine Dragons managed to bring something to the day, and in the end you can’t have a bad day at Glastonbury, despite these disappointments.