Somerset, UK - 2016′s Glastonbury Festival opened its gates on Wednesday followed by tales of up to 12 hour queues to get onsite, along with the combination of rain and people on already well-watered land, turning the lush pastures of Worthy Farm into a familiar quagmire. The weather was kinder to early festival goers on Thursday but less so to those of us who planned to make the 120 mile journey down here from London. The city was hit by almighty storms on Wednesday night, bringing localised floods, blocked roads, and chaotic traffic.
Okay, so the plan was to leave early and get here around lunchtime in good time to catch a slew of finalists from Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition, who were due to take the compact Rabbit Hole Stage in the afternoon. Eleven hours later, we checked in with only enough time to cross the site to catch the final ETC act on today, Marcus McCoan. The journey involved road closures, floods, the aftermath of storms, and thankfully police leave to travel along the wrong side of the road to avoid a monumental queue at the Blue Gate and get to our Bronze one.
Gladly, McCoan was in fine voice as he and his band battled with the odd sound problem to deliver a short, sharp set of immense promise. The Cornish singer-songwriter has some classy, self-penned pop songs in his locker. The combination of synth, loops, and percussion gave his set a really current feel. The tender, emotive tones of “Angel in Disguise” impressed, and was coupled with some evocative guitar soloing from the main man, while “Call Out” has sure-fire hit single potential.
Later, a walk around the site seemed to underline a choice between DJs or folk acts, as a limited number of venues were open for business. The Beat Hotel was doing a good hands-in-the-air trade, while a gentler vibe was on offer in the Green Fields. Meanwhile, anthemic indie fans opted for a singalong to Oasis and The Killers at a crowded bar. Friday and much more of the real thing beckoned.
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Photos by Maja Smiejkowska for Best New Bands.
Tony’s great passion in life is music and nothing gives him more pleasure than unearthing good, original new music and championing independent musicians. His association with Best New Bands brings great opportunities for this. He also writes for Consequence of Sound and is a judge for Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition.
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