The wags down the front shouting requests for a cover of ‘Taxman’ went home disappointed. Last night (July 10), Arctic Monkeys headlined the NOS Alive festival (formerly known as Optimus Alive) and while it’s hardly a surprise they failed to acknowledge their taxing recent news story they did give us a taste of what British audiences can expect from their headline shows this summer at T In The Park (this Sunday) and at Reading and Leeds (in August).
It's a festival tradition and an iconic sight - the Pyramid stage crowd at Worthy Farm all lit up in red. But should flares be allowed at Glastonbury and other major British festivals? That's the debate this week after reports of people throwing flares at other festival-goers at Libertines comeback show in London on Saturday.
There’s something about watching small planes land on one runway of Gdynia’s Babie Doły Military Airport while you’re watching The Black Keys headline a festival from the other which lets you know that Open’er is not like other festivals. Located on a sprawling airfield in northern Poland, things don’t tend to get started until gone 6pm – which is pretty civilised for those of us who are staying in the nearby beach resort town of Sopot.
“I talked to my mother today and she said don’t come home unless you’ve got a Polish wife,” Jack White told the thousands watching him headline Gdynia’s Open’er Festival last night (July 4). “So I’m on the prowl tonight!” Attempting to chirpse an entire audience with lines like that has the unfortunate effect of making White come across a tiny bit like rock’s answer to Robin Thicke, but flirty chat aside his set was a masterclass in hard riffing blues.
Over the years, the Sunday afternoon "legend" slot on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage has become an enshrined part of the festival experience. This year, it was Dolly Parton, who drew one of the biggest crowds organiser Emily Eavis has ever seen at Worthy Farm. Before her, we’ve had Paul Simon, Tom Jones, Brian Wilson and, in 2013, Kenny Rogers.