sunset and mellow songs with Bon Ivor creates a beautiful moment

Glastonbury 2009 review

published: Thu 9th Jul 2009

Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June 2009
Worthy Farm, Pilton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 4AZ, England MAP
£175 - SOLD OUT
daily capacity: 150000
last updated: Tue 2nd Jun 2009

Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver, has performed under several alias', including 'Mount Vernon', but this is definitley his most notable to date.

The 28 year old, Wisconsin born singer released the album 'For Emma, Forever Ago' independantly in 2007, but it got it's proper release in this country in May 2008.

This year saw the release of the EP 'Blood Bank', and both pieces of work have recieved worthy critical acclaim.

Now playing with a backing back, Vernon has also recieved great praise for his live shows, in which he encourages audience members to actively take part in the song, as was shown in his set on the Other Stage in closing song 'The Wolves', where the audience provided the backing vocals.

Performing his second set of the weekend; the other performance coming the previous evening where he headlined the Park Stage, Vernon played a crowd pleasing set on the Other Stage, and with playing in a slot after both Yeah Yeah Yeah's and Bat for Lashes, both of whom were excellent, Bon Iver had a lot of expectation to live up to, and Vernon and co, didn't dissapoint.

Opening up with the fantastic 'Creature Fear', the singer started as he meant to go on, delivering a fantastic set which saw the singer deliver many of the songs from his only album.

The album's single, 'Skinny Love', was the highlight of the set, leaving myself and much of the audience with goosebumps after hearing the simply beautiful song.

Playing parts of the set solo, including 'Flume', Vernon didn't look fazed by the sizeable crowd, meeting up to previous expectations.

Performing just as the sun began to set on the final evening of the festival, for me personally it was an excellent sight accompanied by the perfect soundtrack, with Vernon's music, in my opinion, perfect for the Glastonbury surroundings.

Bon Iver had a lot of pressure placed upon them following the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Bat for Lashes, and playing before Glasvegas and The Prodigy, who only know how to put on a lively show. Their set provided a mellow pause in the day, seemingly the calm before the storm, and for me it was a beautiful moment to witness.

Bon Iver is having a quiet summer on the live front in the UK, playing no more major festival, but he is due to appear at this year's Camp Bestival at the end of July and the Summer Sundae festival in August, and so if you're attending either of those, in my opinion he's a must see, you won't be left dissapointed.

Setlist:
Creature Fear
Lump Sum
Skinny Love
Brackett, WI
Beach Baby
Blood Bank
Flume
For Emma
The Wolves

review by: Anthony Hetherington

Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June 2009
Worthy Farm, Pilton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 4AZ, England MAP
£175 - SOLD OUT
daily capacity: 150000
last updated: Tue 2nd Jun 2009


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