What makes Glastonbury the greatest festival on Earth is also the very same thing that can make it the most maddening, too: choices. Lots and lots and lots of choices. Almost too many choices, in fact –because while there's more amazing bands to be found on the fields of Worthy Farm than anywhere else, it's also inevitable that you won't be able to fit them all in to your weekend. And so it is for this year's line-up, too. Do you go and see NME's Godlike Geniuses, Suede, on Saturday evening?
Last week, the Government announced that it's going to outlaw "any substance intended for human consumption that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect” - except from those it deigns to allow like caffeine, certain medicines and booze. It's a move which in theory means the end of the road for nitrous balloons, poppers and that stash of legal highs being sold next to the bongs at festival stalls and in your local head shop.
Accidents happen at festivals. Tents fall down, wellies get forgotten and, if you're in a band, guitar strings get broken. That happened to Mac DeMarco at Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival this weekend, leaving the rest of his band a couple of awkward moments to fill while their frontman repaired his instrument. Fortunately, behind his slacker exterior bassist Pierce McGarry is hiding one of the most beautiful voices in indie rock.
When David Lynch rose from his director’s chair in 2011, casting his camera lens aside and replacing it instead with a vocoder and synth on his first ever album 'Crazy Clown Time', very few were surprised. After all, the auteur's relationship with music goes much further than just influencing Lana Del Rey's stage persona, or inspiring Chicago garage rock bands Twin Peaks.
If you were at U2's show at the LA Forum on Wednesday night (May 27), you'd be forgiven for assuming you'd had more to drink than you thought. But you weren't seeing double – that was Joe Hier, singer in tribute band Hollywood U2, who joined the real Bono on stage to perform their single 'The Sweetest Thing', footage of which can be seen below. Bono II isn't the only bizarre doppelgänger to grace pop's stages over time.