Monday, 26 June 2017

Monday 23rd... Glasto and all that!

Glastonbury revellers gather by the stone circle to watch Friday evening's
sunset. Just one of many Glastonbury images posted up online this week,
although having gathered so many up I cant remember where I found it.
But a great picture, and the sun and sky makes me think of a Turner painting.
Just how many of us at home wished we were there at the greatest outdoor

Without a doubt The Foo Fighters stole Glastonbury with a
barnstorming set on Saturday night. Even while still performing,
their performance was trending heavily online, with several
not so nice tweets aimed at Sunday night's top closing act,
Ed Sheeran, saying... 'Now follow that.......... .'
I did catch Ed Sheeran's top of the bill closing act on Sunday
nights BBC2 broadcast, but once again it did absolutely
nothing for me. And yet Sheeran is now being hailed as the
biggest act in the U.K, a country that's now a little short on
current known names unless we're talking about artists from
the past.
The attention and adoration Sheeran gets has me completely
puzzled and baffled. Were the Festival organizers taking a
risk putting on just a man and an acoustic guitar as a closing
set for the biggest outdoor concert Festival?
His closing out on the Pyramid Stage seemed almost
anti climatic. You almost felt that he was the warm up artist
for a real closing out act. But no, that was it. Glastonbury was
over for 2017. And when tv presenters Mark Radcliffe and
Lauren Laverne came back on, they seemed almost apologetic
for the anti climax. And yet they were friggin buzzing
with excitement when Nile Rogers and Chic finished their
sensational set earlier on Sunday afternoon.

Maybe today's bands and artist's are not so interested in
image and how it can advance your career. Certainly when I was
growing up listening to Pop music, image played a vital
role in your success. Sheeran clearly has no interest in the
whole image thing unlike other artists like George Ezra
and new up and coming artist Declan McKenna
I do wonder how our Ed would have fared back in the 80's
or even the early 90's when the image was a big part of Pop,
what with the 90's being the decade of the boy bands.
The Foo Fighters were meant to perform at Glastonbury 2 years ago
but band leader David Grohl (above) fell off a stage in Sweden
and broke his leg. So this was a big moment for the band.
Although like many I was baffled to read The Guardian's
Kate Hutchinson's scathing review. Clearly not a fan.

Above and below: tv stills from the BBC Broadcast on BBC2

Above and below: Huge new emerging musical talent 18 year old Declan McKenna
who performed at this year's Glastonbury. He really is a fascinating and
fresh character and so artistically mature. He seems to give off quite an
androgynous look about him. He could almost be cast for a remake
of that 1970's glam rock film 'Velvet Goldmine.'
And once again for his performance at Glastonbury he was donning the
heavy eye shadow and his glitter jacket. Well that's one way to get noticed.

Below: Declan by Nathan Li, photographer and Sound Operator.

Below: Declan performing this weekend at Glastonbury.

Beautiful!  Glasto by Alessandra Pirotelli.




Friday, 23 June 2017


Below: Now that's my idea for a hot newspaper cover.
Well what a scorcher of a week it's been with the U.K experiencing one of
those rare heatwaves  with temperatures over 30c for at least five days
in a row.
And with the heat came all the usual hazards with hundreds of extra
emergency Ambulance call outs, people sweltering on the Central Line
Underground and rail tracks overheating causing travel chaos.
It seems like we never prepare for these rare events.
And it all seemed to peak on Wednesday when a temperature of 35c was
recorded at Heathrow London making it officially the hottest June day
since 1976, the year Britain experienced it's longest hottest Summer.

This week saw in the Mid-Summer Solstice when over 13,000 people
gathered at the sacred site of Stonehenge on Wednesday to watch the
sunrise at exactly 4.52 am.
The week also saw the start of Glastonbury 2017, quite possibly the
biggest music event in the world. And unfortunately thousands arriving
for the festivities had to endure long hot waiting times to get into the grounds.

Thankfully things have finally cooled down a bit and I can slowly get
back to some digging in the garden. On Wednesday it was impossible
to get anything done. But I was pleased that my next door neighbour
connected up his outdoor garden water tap and hose specially for me
so that I could give the garden a damned good watering.
Saturday will be my last day in the garden as the owners are back on

Above: Sun rising over Glastonbury Tor earlier this week.
( Picture by South West News Service )

Around thirty teenage Schoolboys turned up at a Devon School
wearing skirts. Apparently the School authorities refused  their
requests to let them wear shorts during this week's
heatwave. It seems that some of the boys were told to
get their legs shaved as it caused some concern, something
I find a bit odd.
Do 14 and 15 year old boys have over hairy legs? I wouldn't
have thought so. I just wonder why that was brought into the
It seems that even though the weather has now cooled down
a bit, some of them are actually keen to carry on wearing the

Full story at METRO online

Above: Wednesday evening's tv weather.
Does the U.K have a two tier weather system similar to North
and South Australia. It's just that every time the Summer
weather comes on I simply cant help checking the temperature
for Lerwick up in the Shetlands, all part of the U.K.
Even at the height of our Summers when London is baking in
warm spells, Lerwick seems to be enduring some appalling Winter
like temperatures as you can see above. And apparently their
average daytime temperature for the next five days will range
around 12 to 14c.
And I say similar to Australia as the temperatures for Melbourne
at the Southern point of the country will hover around 13c for the next
5 days. Where as up at the Northern tip of Queensland around the
Cape York Peninsula temperatures will average around 28c for the
next few days.

Oddly enough last Summer I bumped into a lady friend who
I used to serve in the Shop I used to work in. And I asked her if she'd been
away over the Summer. And amazingly she said "Yes, we went to Lerwick
in The Shetlands and we had lovely weather." So there you go. 

So it's Glastonbury time again. It's probably one of, if not, the biggest festivals out there.
Other festivals aspire to become just as big. But Glastonbury is right up there looking
down on all the others.
In fact I was looking at a website called Creation Music News which features info
and a list on some of the biggest music festivals around the world. They include Lollapalooza
which is held in Chicago in July. There's Bestival which comes from The Isle of Wight.
There's also a big event held each year in Tennessee called Bonnaroo. It's quite a
big Festival with 12 stages and attended by around 85,000 people.
But then when you look at Glastonbury it has over 100 stages and is attended by
over 200,000 or more people.

I've been checking in a few times over the last few days the Glastonbury Webcam.
It's been fascinating watching the land spaces filling up. And so now Pilton Farm
in Somerset has become a awash with thousands of tents.


Huge crowds enduring the long hot wait to get into
the Festival grounds on Wednesday. 

Above: The Newquay Boardmasters Music Festival site as seen from the air.
A big Festival but not quite as big as Glasto.

Below is one of many shots I took of last years Boardmasters Festival site.
Images via tumblr.
Top picture (Abercrombie & Fitch) by Bruce Weber.