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The Charlatans, kicking Glastonbury into high gear this year with a stand-out set, recorded last night by the ever-present and everywhere-at-once BBC 6 Music on June 28, 2019.
Called in at the last minute to replace Snow Patrol, whose drummer Johnny McDaid took ill, The Charlatans, fronted by the ever-amazing Tim Burgess turned in a surprise set. And according to British Music paper NME, made the audience miss Snow Patrol “not one little bit”.
Glastonbury has built a reputation on offering the unlikely and mixing up the playing field a bit. Since observers also noted that Stormzy, who came from almost nowhere to grab headliner status, proved to be one of the biggest surprises of the festival so far, it just reiterates the notion that going to a Glastonbury festival requires an open mind for best results.
The Charlatans have always been a favorite band – I have said it every time I post one of their concerts or sessions, they have been instrumental in restoring, certainly my faith, in current music (as of 1992 when i first saw and heard them). They’re still at it, and by the sounds of the audience, they’ve lost nothing over the last 30 years and several personnel changes later.
I say this every year, but Glastonbury promises to be another memorable festival, something for every other festival to work on achieving over the next several weeks.
With so much good music crammed into four days across several stages, there is certainly something for everyone. And it just points up to the fact that music is still vital and relevant. And even though avenues of hearing and experiencing it are changing, the basic premise is alive and well and kicking up a storm.
It is suggested – in lieu of having your own camping-in-the-mud experience or staying up all night to watch the sunrise, you just sit back, hit the play button and drown the outside world with cool and amazing music from Glasto 2019. More on the way.