Thoughts on Glastonbury 2023

Published July 1, 2023

An illustration of the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival, in black line drawing, with splashes of colour over the top

I’ve been meaning to write this post all week and I admit it feels a bit late to be talking about Glastonbury Festival a full week on from when it ended. But then again, I still watch old sets from past Glasto festivals, so potentially it’s a timeless thing and it doesn’t matter how long it takes me to get these thoughts down.

This is just some thoughts from the weekend - it was a bit of a surprise really, because I didn’t think the lineup looked particularly strong or engaging but it ended up being another classic weekend in the Somerset countryside with plenty to remark on.

  • The Lightning Seeds won Glastonbury and they were one of the first acts on stage, it hadn’t even got dark on the first day yet. Playing Three Lions to this crowd, what a tune to get everyone going!
  • Flo were great, need to investigate them a bit more.
  • I love, love, LOVED Texas; with Charlene giving Emily Eavis a shoutout for properly supporting female artists.
  • CHVRCHES were a lot of fun, Lauren Mayberry is amazing anyway, but I loved how she handled the wardrobe malfunction. Mildly embarrassed but then went on to sing better than ever.
  • Rick Astley clearly owned this Glastonbury weekend. I always find him fascinating because he was, forgive me, laughable in the 80s but is now super legit and respected - playing the drums and opening up The Smiths music to a whole new audience.
  • Becky Hill was great (bless her shouting at herself not to cry as the occasion overwhelmed her)
  • Dave Growl turned up literally everywhere
  • I really felt for Lewis Capaldi, the crowd helped him to finish off his set, but you could see how disappointed in himself he was and that was really moving.
  • Somehow, Manic Street Preachers didn’t sing a single track from my favourite of their albums, despite the fact they invited the Anchoress on stage. She’s featured on songs on the album but no, let’s just get her singing old tunes instead. Weird.

A fab festival to get the summer entertainment going. Wimbledon next!

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