Riot Jazz kicked off West Holts Sunday

Riot Jazz were at their energetic best on the West Holts Stage, kicking off the Sunday line-up. Performing a range of original songs and jazz covers of well known hits, the West Holts Stage crowd danced and joined in with some fantastic audience participation with the band.

“If I say RIOT! You say JAZZ! RIOT! JAZZ! RIOT! JAZZ!” Could be heard drifting across the West Holts field as both the crowd and MC played their part. After that, arms aloft, the crowd joined in with a Glastonbury wave (it’s basically the same as a Mexican wave, except it’s in Pilton). Riot Jazz, the perfect energy to start a Glastonbury Sunday fun-day.

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Throwing the Stones with Public Enemy

ImageThe was no sympathy for the devil as the original street fighting man of hip hop, Chuck D and the rest of Public Enemy brought the noise to West Holts Stage in a blistering set to headline Saturday’s line-up. Under cover of the night and with thundering bass galloping across the West Holts field like a pack of wild horses,  Public Enemy brought frenzied energy and passion to give  satisfaction to the massive and devoted hip hop crowd that were bouncing, hands aloft in front of the stage.

ImageChuck D was without Griff and, due to an immigration glitch, Flavor Flav, something that prompted Chuck D to launch a tirade at the crowd, shouting “The government want to separate people but the world should have access for all people!”

So, whilst you can’t always get what you want, there was no doom and gloom in sight as Chuck D, like an energetic jumpin jack, brought enough passion and presence to more than make up for the absence of his glimmer twins. Despite reaching their 25th anniversary, there was no sign that Public Enemy has mellowed in the slightest. Running through hits like Don’t Believe the Hype, Bring the Noise and I Shall Not Be Moved, Chuck paid homage to hip-hop culture, from MCs to graffiti artists, including acknowledging the talent and influence of the UK on hip hop music.

ImageAnd speaking of talent, a special mention must go to Public Enemy’s DJ Lord who gave a frenzied performance on the decks sampling even Nirvana and AC/DC to keep the crowd jumping. And boy were they jumping as Public Enemy made a genuine connection with fans, even stopping for pictures with young and old before they left backstage.

Of course, it’s all over now, but on Saturday night, the Rolling Stones of Hip Hop (Chuck D’s words) proved they’re worthy of their status in the Rock n’ Roll hall of fame.

Style and Sophistication from Fatoumata Diawara

At West Holts on Saturday, Fatoumata Diawara showcased her distinctive and melodic voice. Often heard singing in her native Bambara tongue, she was accompanied by simple acoustic guitar, traditional western rock guitars bass and drums. The result was a stylish and sophisticated performance with a distinctive, West African influenced, worldly sound.

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Viva Mexico! Viva Troker!

After tearing it up at the West Holts backstage post Chic party last night, Mexican band Troker brought the same party mood to the main West Holts Stage to kick off Saturday’s line-up. 

Troker combined funk, jazz, rock and even cumbia to produce an unbridled and continuous surge of energy on stage that gave festival goers, with some still trying to recover from last night, no choice but to get back on their feet dancing and shimmying to the music! Viva Mexico! Viva Troker!

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Seasick Steve has West Holts Grooving to the Blues

Last night the West Holts field was grooving to the 12 bar blues of Seasick Steve. Famous for his customized guitars, Seasick Steve was seen playing two hubcaps attached to something he found in his garden to blast out some tunes. He was joined on stage for most of his set by the legendary bass guitarist from Led Zeppelin, John-Paul Jones!  Those close to the front of the stage might also have caught a glimpse of Radiohead’s Tom Yorke who was also watching Seasick Steve from backstage. 

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