Tuesday, June 30, 2009

PICTURES: The Specials @ Glastonbury 2009

Here are the pictures of The Specials from Glastonbury 2009, taken while I was in the crowds enjoying their memorable performance on the Pyramid Stage. The Specials were the one band I really wanted to see at Glastonbury Festival and so getting as far front as I could meant I could enjoy it even more. I took a few videos and pictures yet still wanted to make sure I sung along and danced without spoiling it for anyone.

The Specials played:

'Do The Dog'
'It's Up To You'
'Rat Race'
'Monkey Man'
'Blank Expression'
'Too Hot'
'Doesn't Make It Alright'
'Concrete Jungle'
'Friday Night Saturday Morning'
'Man At C&A'
'A Message To You Rudy'
'Do Nothing'
'Hey Little Rich Girl'
'Nite Klub'
'Little Bitch'
'Too Much Too Young'
'You're Wondering Now'
'Ghost Town'
Watch some videos of The Specials: HERE

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VIDEOS: The Specials @ Glastonbury 2009

Here are the collection of videos with The Specials at Glastonbury, recorded while I was in the thick of the crowds at the Pyramid stage. While the sound quality might not be perfect, they capture the feelings pretty well and made my Glastonbury Festival complete.

The Specials - A Message To You Rudy - Glastonbury 2009

The Specials - Blank Expression @ Glastonbury 2009

The Specials - Monkey Man @ Glastonbury 2009

The Specials - Doesn't Make It Alright @ Glastonbury 2009

The Specials - Hey Little Rich Girl - Glastonbury 2009

The Specials - It's Up to You - Glastonbury 2009

* view more pictures of The Specials from the Glastonbury 2009 Flickr set
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robmacca's Glastonbury Highlights

Wrapped in a plastic bag looking like I'd died and was waiting to be collected by the bin men describes the picture of me above, but the reality of Glastonbury was far from dead and buried - it was alive and as vibrant as ever. This year we arrived about two hours earlier than last year and stayed four hours longer but I vow I'll get the coach next year and arrive on Wednesday or Thursday so I can get even more out of Glastonbury because three days is just not enough. It might have been a mud bath when we arrived Friday lunch time yet my wellies came home cleaner as glorious sunshine and warmth surrounded us during the annual festival.

Glastonbury is a chance to see bands you wouldn't normally watch, like the Metric (pictured above) - this Canadian band were the highlight of my Saturday as they belted out their tunes on the Other Stage. Rolf Harris had packed out Jazz World so much we just couldn't make our way into the field, we did manage to hear him singing 'Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport' with the masses joining in. Bruce Springsteen may have got the crowds as the headliner on Saturday night but he just didn't do it for me as it felt more like a concert than anything else. We did spot the teacher from Inbetweeners and managed a crafty picture without disturbing him (he was too busy being mobbed by a group of drunken lads!).

Another nice surprise was bumping into a hot and sweaty Kid British who had just walked about six miles from the Pyramid hospitality area to their car, they had done a last minute set but the walking finished them off. I thought it best not to ask for a picture at that point as it wouldn't have been fair. So many bands so little time, that is what makes Glastonbury so good - walk around see the different fields and absorb the sights and people, it is a real treat. Trash City and Shangri-La transform at night with fire, bars and alleyways to keep you entertained throughout the night.

It's not all about the music at Glastonbury, the picture above shows a monk like character walking around huge sculptures - just one of the millions of visual delights you get at the festival. So many people who attend Glastonbury make a real effort to dress up in costume and just go for it, we Brits just love it and it all adds to the fun - rain or shine we know how to party!

Ultimately Glastonbury is about the music and Blur (pictured above) typified the Glasto experience - an emotionally charged stage performance with plenty of crowd sing-a-longs and an amazing light display to top it all. We love artists who get us involved and Sunday seemed to be the day for it with Tom Jones, Madness and Blur being three of the artists I sang along and danced my pants off too. Coming from Coventry, watching The Specials on Friday was a high point for me. I made my way down as far as I could squeeze and lapped up Terry Hall and co performing their hits as I took as many pictures and videos as possible, while at the same time making sure I enjoyed this historic moment. Another dream come true and I was a happy Coventry boy once again.

I'm getting older and this year I seemed to take every opportunity to just lie down and soak up the sun or shut my eyes for a few moments due to lack of sleep. The weather had been kind to us again this year and that makes a big different, plus the 2,400 toilets were well maintained as ever and made the whole festival a joy to attend. Being with friends, surrounded by fun-loving music lovers and pampered with a feat of artists makes Glastonbury my musical highlight of the year.
Roll on Glastonbury 2010 because I'll be doing it all again...............

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Madness @ Glastonbury

Madness put the FUN back into Funhouse and the STEP back into SKA, they lived up to their name at Glastonbury by delivering a set that lifted the spirits of all those in attendance. It was a hard act following the one and only Tom Jones, but somehow Suggs and the crew managed to entertain the masses in their own unique way.

I found myself dancing along to the upbeat 'Baggy Trousers', 'Our House' and the amazing 'Night Boat To Cairo'. Not forgetting the string of hits in between as the band stood proud on stage and the crowd lapped up the entertainment. Who could forget the encore where Madness had to turn their backs on the crowd because they didn't have time to go off for the encore? Classic!

Madness blended in their newer tracks in with their older hits with such ease with Suggs being his usual madcap self on stage. It's hard to believe the band have been around for 30 years or so, they sound as fresh today as they did back then. The end result was just the same - a very satisfied audience............

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Tom Jones @ Glastonbury

Tom Jones @ Glastonbury

Tom Jones did to Glastonbury this year what Neil Diamond did last year - proved how much of a legend he really is. The Welsh singer got everyone up singing and dancing along to classic hits like 'Delilah', 'What's New Pussycat' and as the video below shows 'It's Not Unusual'.
Whereas Bruce Springsteen seemed to just play a concert, Tom Jones got everyone involved and created a setlist that delivered just that - playing hits for all ages and presenting them in such a humble way. We lapped up the tunes and sang along, enjoying the Sunday afternoon heat and Tom Jones was the man to bring the family spirit to Glastonbury.

Tom Jones - 'It's Not Unusual'

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Blur @ Glastonbury

Damon Albarn @ Glastonbury

Blur closed Glastonbury 2009 in style with a performance to remember in an emotional set from the top 90's Britpop band as they made a welcome return as a band. As the video below shows, Blur came out to a warm welcome and the stage set gave great visuals to the thousands who stood in the evening sunset. They performed 'She's So High' and then had the crowds singing along to Blur classics 'Girls and Boys' and 'Parklife' - I was one of those people who lapped up every song and danced the night away at the Pyramid stage.

The most emotional moments were when Damon Albarn broke down in tears after 'End of The Century' and the crowds singing along to 'There's No Other Way'. Blur ended Glastonbury on a high, leaving the thousands of festival fans wanting more and certain to return next year for more of the same.

Blur @ Glastonbury

Damon Albarn

Blur @ Glastonbury

Blur - arrive on stage and perform 'She's So High'

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Funny Album Covers - Part 4

The final collection of funny album covers are below and end the series on a high, literally! People used their imagination and album covers, then sent their results to www.sleeveface.com.

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Funny Album Covers - Part 3

While I'm enjoying the musical delights at Glastonbury I've kept a musical theme going here with a four part look at some funny album covers sent into www.sleeveface.com. People literally took a picture of themselves using an album cover in the process with some interesting (and scary results). Here are the third collection of pictures:

Final part tomorrow.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Funny Album Covers - Part 2

Yesterday we saw the first five pictures featuring normal (or not so normal!) people sending in their album cover pictures to www.sleeveface.com, here is part two:

Part Three will be published tomorrow

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