London Grammar at Glastonbury 2014, gig review: 'Far from a disappointment'

The Nottingham trio performed on the John Peel Stage on Sunday night

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Sunday at Glastonbury saw the Pyramid Stage lit up by Dolly Parton, The Black Keys and of course, closing headliners Kasabian.

But London Grammar finishing proceedings on the John Peel Stage was an act that stood out. After playing at the small Pussy Parlure Noveau stage a year ago, the Nottingham trio, took to the Worthy Farm stage yesterday with unexpected confidence, considering their past history of pre-stage jitters. 

The bustle of Glastonbury came to a halt when lead vocalist Hannah Reid, wearing a casual outfit of jeans and a sweatshirt, improvised with haunting vocals before the band began their first song, "Hey Now".

Although competing with the distant rumble of Kasabian from the main stage, London Grammar’s first song was played with assertiveness and, by the end of the song, they had won the crowd.

 

Further into the set, the down-to-earth threesome played hits from their debut album If You Wait, including piano ballad, "Interlude", "Flickers" and newly-released single "Sights".

The only cover on their album, "Nightcall" proved a highlight when the drums bellowed in at the end of the song. Clearly satisfied with the crowd’s reaction, London Grammar finished off their set with "Metal and Dust".

This set, at “the best festival in the world, on a stage named after one of the greatest DJs there ever was”, was no disappointment.

London Grammar can next be seen live at Hove Festival in Norway on the 1st July before they head back to British shores for Bestival in September.

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