Festival Round-up - The Hits


Dizzee Rascal - Festival Megastar

It's been a phenomenal year for Dizzee Rascal, who has single-handedly brought grime into the mainstream, with three consecutive number one singles making up the official soundtrack for the summer. "Holiday" was debuted on Glastonbury's Pyramid stage, where he drew one of the festival's biggest crowds, and the star had yet more crowds chanting his name at Creamfields, V Festival and Wireless, where he was watched by Prince Harry from the side of the stage.

Radiohead at Reading - sing-along heroes
Anyone expecting a set list for hardcore fans was surprised from the moment the Oxford band opened with "Creep". The set unfolded as a greatest hits repertoire, which included "Just", "Paranoid Android", "Karma Police", "Idioteque" and "Pyramid Song". Deftly moving between the heavy rock of earlier albums to the slower paced electronica of In Rainbows, they entranced the crowd. Who'd have thought that Radiohead's angst-ridden songs would provoke such an impassioned sing-along? At times, Thom Yorke could hardly be heard above the crowd.

Bon Iver - Heartbroken turned heartbreaker
For a heartbroken man who became a hermit to write his debut album in a log cabin in deepest Wisconsin, it must be somewhat surprising to be Justin Vernon right now and hearing thousands of teenage girls screaming your name. At Glastonbury, Green Man and Summer Sundae Weekender, Vernon and co never failed to attract a huge crowd, ranging from teenagers to 30-and 40-something folkies, and they translated the intimacy of their psych-folk recordings into a live performance that was both visceral and passionate.

Grizzly bear - festival necessity
The Leisure Society's frontman summed up fans' sentiments towards the Brooklyn psych- folk band at Green Man when he said: "how great it must be to be in a band that is more amazing than an actual grizzly bear". The Brooklyn band's growing fan base (since the release of their acclaimed album Veckatimest) was apparent from the attentive crowd at Green Man and they didn't disappoint, recreating their recordings with the tightest of performances.

Jamie T - King of reading
At Reading, where he was watched by Florence and the Machine from the wings, Jamie Treays aired songs from his new album, Kings and Queens, now at No 2 in the charts, to an enthusiastic crowd. The young rapping pop star set an example to the cheering Reading masses with a stirring peace-making speech.

The XX - Mark the spot
The teen London band's sultry male/female soul vocals and minimalist, off-kilter riffs went down a storm with crowds at Offset, Reading and Leeds, Secret Garden Party, Field Day, Underage, Latitude, Truck and Lounge on the Farm. With dark songs such as "Crystalised", they set themselves apart as ones to watch.

Welcome back Blur - The finest headliners
So welcome back Blur: the summer's finest headliners. When an overwhelmed Damon Albarn perched on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury and cried during "This is a Low", the band's set reached an emotional high for the four reunited stars and their fans, many of whom were there 15 years ago. The energy of hits including "Song 2", "Girls and Boys", "Parklife" and "For Tomorrow" brought back the heady days of Nineties Britpop, but it was the slower songs that touched the hearts of many who will remember Blur as the best headline act in years.

Arts and Entertainment

Great British Bake Off
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    The long walk west: they fled war in Syria, only to get held up in Hungary – now hundreds of refugees have set off on foot for Austria

    They fled war in Syria...

    ...only to get stuck and sidetracked in Hungary
    From The Prisoner to Mad Men, elaborate title sequences are one of the keys to a great TV series

    Title sequences: From The Prisoner to Mad Men

    Elaborate title sequences are one of the keys to a great TV series. But why does the art form have such a chequered history?
    Giorgio Armani Beauty's fabric-inspired foundations: Get back to basics this autumn

    Giorgio Armani Beauty's foundations

    Sumptuous fabrics meet luscious cosmetics for this elegant look
    From stowaways to Operation Stack: Life in a transcontinental lorry cab

    Life from the inside of a trucker's cab

    From stowaways to Operation Stack, it's a challenging time to be a trucker heading to and from the Continent
    Kelis interview: The songwriter and sauce-maker on cooking for Pharrell and crying over potatoes

    Kelis interview

    The singer and sauce-maker on cooking for Pharrell
    Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

    Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

    But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
    Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

    Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

    Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
    Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

    Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

    Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
    Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

    Britain's 24-hour culture

    With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
    Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

    The addictive nature of Diplomacy

    Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
    Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

    Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

    Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
    8 best children's clocks

    Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

    Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
    Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

    Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

    After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
    Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

    How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

    Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
    Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

    'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

    In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea