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.



Kakatsitsi join the Orb for an Exclusive Debut Performance

Kakatsitsi have established themselves as the leading African traditional group in the UK joined the the Orb for a debut live performance on the West Holts Stage. 

The transient beats of the Orb were mixed with African voices and rhythms to create a unique vibe that brought out some rather creative dancing from members of the crowd. 


Sixty seconds with … ALICE RUSSELL

ImageWe had just one minute to ask Alice four very important questions

Will this be your first trip to Glastonbury?

No, I came many moons ago as a teenager and then performed twice with the Quantic Soul Orchestra. The first time was in the dance tent (unforgettable as our drummer managed to find a button that turned off all the power to the stage moments before we were due on, but it was all ok in the end) and then we played the Jazz World Stage – now West Holts – on a sunny afternoon. I can’t remember much after that, apart from seeing The Beach Boys on the Sunday.


What can we expect from your set?

Well, I have a new album out at the mo,  so we have changed up the new set and sound quite a bit. We have been on the road so we keep working on new twists.


Who will you be performing with?

I will have with me my producer and my co-writing partner in crime TM Juke, who will be on guitar and triggers. Then we have Dan Swain on bass; Mike Simmonds on mandolin, violins, backing vocals and triggers; Ben Jones on all things synth and keys, also harmonica. And one new addition to the band (as our usual drummer is off touring with Bonobo) is the house producer and heavy snare hitter Giom! Apart from that, the band and I have been hanging out and playing together for over five years.


If you could stay and catch one other set on West Holts  who would you see?

Major Lazer, Lianne La Havas and Fatima! I’d see as many as I could!

Introducing … TROKER


Making their debut festival appearance at West Holts, Troker are only the sixth Mexican band to play Glastonbury. Barbara Belt welcomes them

 At the beginning of June, Mexican groovers Troker treated their local fans to a Glastonbury preview, trying out their West Holts set on the packed house at Bar Imperial in Mexico City. This was the third airing, the first two performances having launched the new set in Oaxa’s Café Central a week earlier. The whole thing went down a storm.

“These guys are amazing – they’re chaotic, noisy and wonderful,” says music journalist Alvaro Jiménez, who was at an Oaxa gig and then caught them again in Mexico City.

The last of what they proudly bill their ‘Pre-Glastonbury’ gigs took place on June 21st, in Gaudalajara’s Teatro Estudio Cavaret, and had the home crowd abuzz with excitement.

Since bass player Samo González announced his six piece band were booked for Glastonbury, there’s been a lot of excitement in Mexico about Troker, with national press interest and a whirl of Facebook activity from fans intensifying as their departure date for Worthy Farm draws near.

Stand by to see what all the excitement’s about on Saturday, when they play our stage.

“We’re the sixth Mexican band to play Glastonbury, but the first tapatía (Guadalajara) band ever,” says saxophonist Arturo ‘El Tiburón’ Santillanes. “We’re fundamentally an improvisation project, but we’re rehearsing this set to get everything as tight as possible.

“It’s definitely a dream to be able to go into Europe via the festival. We’re very excited about our Glastonbury experience and obviously a little anxious to see and feel how the

English public react to our music.”

Troker is Samo González on bass, Frankie Mares on drums and percussion, Gil Cervantes on trumpet, Christian Jiménez on keyboards and guitar, Arturo El Tiburón (the shark) Santilles on sax and DJ Zero on decks. They call themselves ‘rude jazz funkers’ and are indeed a glorious mix up, but they come from Mexico, so aren’t they a Mex or Latin band? The answer has to be yes and no.

Yes, in the traditional Mano Negra/Manu Chao sense, because Troker are activists, involved in socio-educational programmes and community schemes. Central and South American groups often have a social conscience. They are, as we know, more likely to be concerned with not just singing about human rights than musos on ‘la escena anglosajona’, as Hispanics call the English language music scene.

No, not Mexican in that the six Trokeros have nothing to do with Narco-corrido  music, thus intelligently prolonging their lives.

Yes, in that when The Shark and Cervantes step out on sax and trumpet, what we have is Mariachi. Wild Mariachi, weaving in and out of bass beats, hip-hop and free form jazz runs. No big hats or jingly trousers for these truckers, just jazzed Mariachi and Cumbia blasts, such as you may never have heard before.

Troker’s groove is energy-charged jazz, moving through punk, hip-hop and psychedelia, all with a Mexican touch.

Of their debut Glastonbury performance, they have great expectations. “For our band it’ll be historic. This is something that doesn’t often happen on the Mexican music scene. We feel very honoured.”