Portishead - you say Angst, I say Ha.

Portishead – Live At Glastonbury 2013 – Past Daily Backstage Weekend

Portishead - you say Angst, I say Ha.

Portishead – you say Angst, I say Ha.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Portishead Live at Glastonbury 2013 – Recorded by BBC 6 Music – June 28, 2013

One of my favorite bands of the last 20 years, Portishead in concert are always an eagerly anticipated event. And they certainly didn’t disappoint this year at Glasto. Beth Gibbons‘ mesmerizing vocals, mistakenly considered doom-laden by some, but once you realize that one of her influences was Edith Piaf, take on an aura of passion and mystery that only adds to the complete landscape.

A totally captivating band, much loved by the audience. I am sure the band got a giggle out of the impromptu sing-along during Sour Times – it gives you some idea of the wide-ranging influence they’ve had over the years.

Fortunately, they are on tour this year – sadly, not coming to the U.S. (for now at least), but gratifying to know they’ve come out of hiatus.

Hiatus or not, Portishead continue to inspire and be a very vital part of the music scene – we can breathe a big sigh of relief over that one.

Here is their complete performance as relayed by BBC6 Music on June 28th of this year.

I think the only thing I’m more grateful for than having Portishead around to listen to is having the BBC around to make it possible. You will admit they are, in their own huge way, giving music a chance to be heard via avenues not possible before. Even though there are glitches here and there and rights issues to hammer out, the bigger picture benefits audience and artist alike and nobody can forget that.

Enjoy and play loud.

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