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Manchester storms Glastonbury

Elizabeth Alker looks on as the darlings of the Manchester music scene migrate to Glastonbury for the weekend.

Published on June 22nd 2007.


Manchester storms Glastonbury

Yes it’s that time of year again when everything goes Glastonbury crazy. And whilst it seems as though the very epicentre of the universe is a Portaloo in a field in Somerset, there are a handful of ‘non-Glasto’ ticket holders in Manchester city centre, feeling deserted by the rest of humanity with only a weekend of uncertainty to look forward to. This writer is one of those cursed few, and feels the pain every time a demonic looking Jo Whiley appears on TV.All this is to be endured, against a backdrop of scores of people, gleefully rolling around in the mud to the sound of some of the world’s greatest bands.

This writer is one of those cursed few, and feels the pain every time a demonic looking Jo Whiley appears on TV.

Ok enough self pity. And before an ‘excluded from Glastonbury’ breakdown occurs right here, it must be pointed out that any Mancunian not sleeping under canvas this weekend can draw some comfort from the fact that this city is well represented in terms of its musical talent at the house of Michael Eavis.

At least seven groups from Manchester will be gracing the stages at Britain’s biggest festival over the next three days which surely suggests that the city’s music scene is as healthy as ever. Each of the bands differs greatly in sound and style and is hotly tipped to do big things in the coming year. The Courteeners are one such lucky act who are definitely worth checking out when they return from the weekend’s festive activity. They are one of very few bands who still hold fast to a proper rock and roll sensibility. Their rowdy yet exhilarating shows are fuelled by the energy of a dangerously charismatic front man and songs which capture the spirit of disenfranchised youth. The Answering Machine is another Glastonbury bound Manchester outfit, a tidy little three piece with a growing reputation for their fast catchy pop tunes and lively performances.

Cherry Ghost will no doubt be doing the city proud on the festival’s Park Stage on Sunday night. His yearning ballads have made him one of the city’s biggest success stories in recent months as he continues to occupy more than his fair share of Radio 1 air play plus pages in the national music press.

Another group who are a favourite of both Steve Lamacq and Mark Riley are girl/boy duo The Ting Tings. Their music doesn’t resemble anything to come out of Manchester in the last couple of decades as it fuses electro samples, disco beats and spiky female vocals. They are set to play Glastonbury’s BBC stage on Saturday night. This performance will no doubt catapult them even further into the music industry limelight.

Liam Frost’s performance on the Late‘n’ Live stage will pave the way for the release of his new album, the recording of which is due to start in the autumn. Meanwhile the Deadbeats have bagged three Glastonbury slots to unleash their Manc take on bluesy prog rock.

So with all this Mancunian activity it’s a wonder it’s not like Glastonbury every week in the city. Albeit with less mud. Still the amount of Manchester music on offer this year means there’ll be plenty to enjoy in our own back yard in the coming year.

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