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The setting sun during Ellie Goulding's performance

The setting sun during Ellie Goulding’s performance

Legendary acts still drew crowds but couldn’t rest on their laurels. Dolly Parton enthralled audiences with not just her hit songs but witty banter of a hilarity that the younger generation may not have anticipated. Dolly gauged the audience with as much panache today as in her hey day.

New chart topper Kiesza put in a choreographed performance to her two hit songs Hideaway and Giant in My Heart, but also wooed people with slower covers of What is Love? and Halleluiah.

Stromae - he could sing the French telephone directory and still draw crowds (or did he?)

Stromae – he could sing the French telephone directory and still draw crowds (or did he?)

Language no barrier

Columbian band Bomba Estéreo and Belgian group Stromae showed that language was no barrier to good dance and instantly audience-grabbing pop music, by drawing in passers by with magnetic stage presence, while singing in their native languages.

Pop stars in the traditional sense with audiences predominantly being devoted fans, such as Ellie Goulding, won over new admirers. Goulding displayed what could be the “female long-haired stadium rock” – very different from the male form. Meanwhile Bryan Ferry and the Yoko Ono band rekindled the early days of Glastonbury with some 70s classics.

Popular female artists Caro Emerald and Lana Del Rey kept the girl power flame alive on main stages, while female led Summer Camp showed how irresistible arty pop rock is, by performing an infectious set in the musically strong William’s Green tent.

Eyes for Gertrude, caught the eye of Consequence of Sound

Eyes for Gertrude, caught the eye of Consequence of Sound

Eyes for Gertrude performed when Tony Hardy of Consequence of Sound was straying past:

“…I stopped by to listen to Eyes For Gertrude, who were one of my Emerging Talent picks. The duo’s voices sync beautifully; the first all-warm country tones, the second offering English purity. Taking sounds from the routines of daily life and reaching for higher ground with determination, EFG offers quirky, observational songs, illuminated by delicious vocal flourishes — definitely the start of a green affair.” –Tony Hardy

Kiesza - photo by Nate Valentino

Kiesza – photo by Nate Valentino

Defrosted architecture

Architecture played its part as usual, with DJ booths in Block 9’s London Underground, NYC and Genosys, Shangri La’s Heaven and The Blues, which looked like a shantytown. As Flanders and Swann said: music is defrosted architecture.

Popular new male vocalists such as Jake Bugg and Sam Smith brought their dulcet white blues tones to the line-up.

Li Saumet of Columbian electro-tropical group Bomba Estereo

Li Saumet of Columbian electro-tropical group Bomba Estereo

The Sonic stage hosted the newer digital-based acts, with some filling out their sound with live instruments, and these reflected the international stage of today’s mainstream music scene. Bajofondo played strings, Bomba Estéreo brought Latino, Stromae did camp French pop and Kiesza brought her new brand of house all under one roof.

Backstage bar

Backstage bars provided a variety of entertainments, from the Seniors behind the Acoustic stage, Kangaroo Moon in the Green Room Bar and a Venezuelan DJ from Bristol called Django playing new house and garage, in the Sonic backstage bar.

Nate Valentino with one member of Above and Beyond

DJ insights

Enjoying the festival as a punter for the first time was Nate Valentino who arrived with a detailed itinerary of performers to see and meet to inform his next DJ sets such as; Sasha, MNEK, Foxes, Kiesza, Bomba Estéreo, Above and Beyond, Ella Eyre and Fatboy Slim. He was won over by Dolly Parton’s command of the Pyramid stage.

Article submitted by Sophie Sweatman