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The worst sets at Glastonbury


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28 minutes ago, Ddiamondd said:

I saw a heavier come down that weekend tbf: Frank Lampard's disallowed goal vs Germany ruining an entire field's Sunday.

Admittedly I'm not English, but I thought that was a great afternoon. Ray Davies and Slash in the sun, two very happy Glastonbury memories for me. 

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2 hours ago, Ddiamondd said:

+1 for this. Plastic Beach was my fav record of that summer, and I loved the set. Sympathetic with how it fell short for a headline performance to many, though — Damon admitted he threw himself in the deep end without a thorough game-plan for how to make the show audience-friendly. The periods of silence while shuffling between guests created ripples of awkwardness in the crowd that you rarely see. It did feel a bit like a dress rehearsal.

One for the 'heads', but really enjoyed it all the same.

I saw a bit on TV from Glasto, then live at Roskilde the following week. Damon made a conscious effort to interact with the crowd A LOT more, lesson learnt for him I think with Gorillaz live.

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I think there’s a generational divide with some of these here.

Kanye was brilliant. It was absolutely chaotic. It had this kind of vibe like it was on a knife edge from suddenly ending. Hard to explain the exhilaration of it.

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11 minutes ago, found home in 2009 said:

Admittedly I'm not English, but I thought that was a great afternoon. Ray Davies and Slash in the sun, two very happy Glastonbury memories for me. 

Yep, that’s where I was too and a marvellous afternoon it was too! (Bloody scorching mind you!)…

edit: not a comment on the football by the way, I was oblivious to what was happening there…

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Blondie in 2014 was easily the worst set I've experienced at Glastonbury. Debbie Harry was so out of tune it was painful.

Gorillaz was pretty boring as was Neil Young (though maybe my fault for going to artists my friends wanted to go to that I wasn't that into). Art Garfunkel the singing bits were good, but my god I could have done without the terrible poetry between songs. And despite being a fan of his radio show Zane Low dj set I saw at Glastonbury was really disappointing. He was clearly hungover and at one point pressed the wrong button and managed to turn off all the music. Wasn't even a good selection of records.

But overall I feel pretty lucky that I must have seen hundreds of sets at Glastonbury and been disappointed by very few of them. Controversially I even really enjoyed the Who set everyone else hated. Also quite enjoyed Beck thought did find the crowd reaction was a bit of a dampener on it.

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26 minutes ago, found home in 2009 said:

Admittedly I'm not English, but I thought that was a great afternoon. Ray Davies and Slash in the sun, two very happy Glastonbury memories for me. 

Oh yeah, it was a lovely day on the farm overall. Stevie Wonder that evening was Hall of Fame, 10/10 stuff.

Just specifically the field they had converted into a World Cup fan zone, only for us to get robbed and then crushed in the 2nd half. That was a bummer. Michael and Emily never set up custom screens on the farm for the football again, and rightly so tbf.

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32 minutes ago, Matt42 said:

I think there’s a generational divide with some of these here.

 

In what way?

Wasn’t at Kanye, watched a bit of Moody Blues then went to Suede. As we walked along the back of the Pyramid to get to the JP we saw him come on stage and I had to admire the sheer brass balls of the man just out on stage alone under all those lights.

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I don't think I have many particularly bad sets that I've seen.

Little Simz was one that jumps out. Stopping and starting every song demanding more crowd interaction. Feel like she must played about five songs in total.

Arctic Monkeys were dismal.

Kanye was more disappointing than bad, seeing as it was really good for a short while and then the energy escaped.

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3 hours ago, Tartan_Glasto said:

Billie Eilish - 2019. I feel like her set needed to be in the dark rather than daylight. There was just no atmosphere. 

Oh this. I'm not sure if the sound was off or the worst of my come down after chemical bros the night before was kicking in but it didn't vibe for me. Especially as I'd left Miley Cyrus early who had a cracking set.

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14 minutes ago, dentalplan said:

Do you know the ages of everyone here?

 

11 minutes ago, Hugh Jass said:

In what way?

Wasn’t at Kanye, watched a bit of Moody Blues then went to Suede. As we walked along the back of the Pyramid to get to the JP we saw him come on stage and I had to admire the sheer brass balls of the man just out on stage alone under all those lights.

I do find that many of the older attendees who aren’t into hip hop or rap / know Kanye much saw the chaos and just dismissed the whole set.

I’m not saying they are wrong. As I know someone my age who hates Kanye who didn’t like it too. But it’s very much the inverse of someone like axel rose or Prince. In that attendees who are big fans know that (a) there’s a huge chance they may not even make it to the stage, or (b) could just pack it in halfway through. 

GNR fans would say “oh that’s just axel” the same way Kanye fans would say “typical Kanye”.

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15 minutes ago, gooma said:

I can't believe we are nearly 5 pages in and no one has mentioned Bright Eyes in 2005 a performance so bad that he had to issue an apology. I have never seen a full tent empty so quickly.

I was waiting for that one! To be fair, it was supposed to be Ryan Adams (so loads turned up for that not knowing he’d cancelled) and he was off his tits…so while he was obnoxious and faffed around for ages between songs, the performance was actually brilliant (only time I’ve ever seen him do Digital Ash live…lover I don’t have to love was a sublime end!)…

 

edit: maybe there was something in the air that night, Wasn’t Bobby Gillespie also in full flow insulting the crowd at the same time? 

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22 minutes ago, dentalplan said:

Arctic Monkeys were dismal.

They were p shit, but Dizzee Rascal right before them was a thousand times worse

Then after fucking off Radiohead the other year we went to see him on West Holts and he was bringing the house down. Weird how some people get on the Pyramid and decide it's not the time to give the crowd what they came to see.

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18 minutes ago, Toilet Duck said:

I was waiting for that one! To be fair, it was supposed to be Ryan Adams (so loads turned up for that not knowing he’d cancelled) and he was off his tits…so while he was obnoxious and faffed around for ages between songs, the performance was actually brilliant (only time I’ve ever seen him do Digital Ash live…lover I don’t have to love was a sublime end!)…

 

edit: maybe there was something in the air that night, Wasn’t Bobby Gillespie also in full flow insulting the crowd at the same time? 

That is true it was suppose to be Ryan Adams so that would have accounted for some of the people leaving. I wasn't really a Bright Eyes fan but my sister was so I had gone along with her. Sadly it just seemed a shambles to me. 

Yes you are right Bobby Gillespie was that same evening, I'd forgotten that. 

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1 hour ago, Matt42 said:

I think there’s a generational divide with some of these here.

Kanye was brilliant. It was absolutely chaotic. It had this kind of vibe like it was on a knife edge from suddenly ending. Hard to explain the exhilaration of it.

Not really. I’d seen Kanye before Glastonbury and went in with very high expectations. It was just a poorly structured set that fell apart massively after a hot start and struggled to really recover. 

First time I saw him, production was so tight and impressive. At Glastonbury it just seemed like he couldn’t be arsed and hadn’t given the show a seconds thought. 

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37 minutes ago, GETOFFAMYLAWN said:

They were p shit, but Dizzee Rascal right before them was a thousand times worse

Then after fucking off Radiohead the other year we went to see him on West Holts and he was bringing the house down. Weird how some people get on the Pyramid and decide it's not the time to give the crowd what they came to see.

He played the Pyramid during the day in 2009, around the time that Bonkers was going huge, and absolutely smashed it.

13 wasn’t great though.

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