Review: Glastonbury 2015 [Photos]

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The UK’s legendary Glastonbury festival is 45 years young and still surprising, surpassing and spellbinding. No words can truly explain the magic of this wonderful weekend held every June in the beautiful English west country surroundings. With over eight major stages and giant marquees, there are 80 other smaller stages including venues for poetry, comedy, theatre, circus, films, debates and lectures as well as music.

This year’s as-ever eclectic mix certainly delivered the goods. In the world of dance some big guns came a firing in the likes of deadmau5, The Chemical Brothers and Flying Lotus, all of whom brought the most amazing stage/light effect shows, especially the Brothers whose seemingly 3D images leapt out into the crazed audience, over their block rocking classics.

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Among the R&B/soul luminaries Mary J. Blige commanded the pyramid stage with an emotionally drenched set as the rain began to pour. The contrasting figures of Lionel Richie and Pharrell Williams surprisingly kept the attention of all ages in their droves. Kanye West was always going to divide the opinion of the masses from a Glastonbury crowd’s point of view — his lackluster performance assumed too much confidence and exuded a rather cold demeanor on such a massive stage. Continue Reading

Bestival 2014: An Overload of Top DJ and Electronic Music Talent

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This year’s Bestival was held on a sunny weekend from September 4-7 at Robin Hill Country Park located on Isle of Wight. Rob da Bank’s annual fete was four days of music and mayhem with acts ranging from Outkast and Major Lazer to Foals, Chic and Bonobo.

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EDM is taking a foot hold everywhere and the genre made its presence known at Bestival. The usually eclectic UK festival that began in 2004 had been generally been built on electronic music, but this year saw a decline in indie-rock acts on the bill. Interestingly enough, the hippies, crustsies and rock heads who were prominent in recent editions seemed to disappear. Nonetheless, happy smiling faces were in abundance.

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