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Glastonbury : Pyramid Stage (Sunday Evening)
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It’s largely a greatest hits show from the recently absent [/a]. With one-time motor-mouth Nicky Wire noticeably mute, it is a set that pays tribute to their annihilating punk past, without actually getting themselves dirty. Songs from 'The Holy Bible' and 'Generation Terrorists' have rarely sounded so easy-on-the-ear, while the unveiling of an unreleased song written for the 'Judge Dredd' movie soundtrack proves an interesting chapter in their revolutionary handbook. Indeed, the only new track to be aired – working title, ‘Everything Will Be’ - sees chillout maestro Andy Cato of [a] join them on trombone.
Another band coming to grips with their past demons are Feeder. Opening with ‘Just The Way I’m Feeling’ from this year’s ‘Comfort In Sound’ album – the first without drummer Jon Lee - the humidity breaks and the first signs of the ensuing downpour and storm show themselves. It’s a cathartic moment; their darker moments temporarily forgotten, they delve into their pop classics like a band with only the future to lose.
In a dapper pink and white gingham suit and signature sunglasses, [a][/a] is perhaps the closest we'll get to Sly Stone in this lifetime. It may sound like an exaggeration, but as far as NME.COM is concerned, hers was the most riotous official party of the weekend. "This song is called is called 'Sexual Revolution'," she purrs. "If you take your clothes off, I'll take mine off." And she does. Three times.
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