Glass Animals – live at Glastonbury – recorded and broadcast live on June 25, 2022 – BBC 6 Music –
Glass Animals at Glastonbury tonight. One of those groups whose popularity has crossed over between Pop Charts and Indie sensibilities, with a heavy dose of Psychedelia and Electronica.
Glass Animals was formed in Oxford in 2010. Led by singer, songwriter, and producer Dave Bayley, the group also features his childhood friends Joe Seaward, Ed Irwin-Singer and Drew MacFarlane. Bayley wrote and produced all three Glass Animals albums. Bayley spent his childhood in Massachusetts and Texas before relocating to Oxford, where he met the other band members at school. Their first album, Zaba (2014), spawned the single “Gooey”, which was eventually certified platinum in the United States. Their second full album, How to Be a Human Being, received positive reviews and won in two categories at the 2018 MPG Awards for UK Album of the Year and Self Producing Artist of the Year, as well as a spot on the Mercury Prize shortlist. The third, Dreamland, peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart and number seven on the US Billboard 200.
In their live shows they play re-worked, dance-heavy versions of their songs. Their song “Heat Waves” reached number one in Australia in February 2021 and was voted number one on the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2020. The song surpassed one billion streams on Spotify and eventually reached number one in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number five on the UK Singles Chart. At the 2022 Brit Awards, Glass Animals were nominated for two Brit Awards (Best British Rock Act and “Heat Waves” for Best British Single). They received their first Grammy nomination in the Best New Artist category at the 2022 Grammy Awards.
In case you missed out on going to Glastonbury this year, or missed the live broadcast, here’s a chance to get caught up.
Suggested playback volume: loud.