Author: Kalpesh Patel

Vision: It’s Haim Time! New music Right Now drops

Californian sister-trio Haim have (finally!) announced the forthcoming release of sophomore album Something To Tell You, a good four years since debut Days Are Gone came out. Teasing new music with huge billboards posted in cities across the world in recent weeks, today saw the release of new album cut Right Now and it’s Paul Thomas Anderson-directed live video, the group stopping by Zane Lowe‘s Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music to tell the Kiwi DJ how acclaimed Boogie Nights and Magnolia filmmaker Anderson shot the video in one day “before he was going to work” while the group performed a live studio version of the track, the simple...

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Live: Katy Hurt @ The Sound Lounge

I first met Katy Hurt back in July 2014 when I got chatting to her parents at a Kacey Musgraves show at west London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. We were all enamoured with the meteoric rise of Country Music’s popularity in the UK but the Hurts had an ace up their sleeves, daughter Katy’s incredible Southern-styled voice coupled with her song-writing talents which her parents were immediately gushing about and championing. Spending her early life in the U.S., it’s no surprise that Hurt was exposed to Country music and got the bug herself. But pursuing it following the family’s relocation...

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Live: Dua Lipa @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Rising London pop star Dua Lipa has been making waves and setting grand expectations since bursting onto the scene back in 2015 with top 10 single Be The One. Last year saw singles Hotter Than Hell and Blow Your Mind (Mwah) continue to show promise along with not one but two sets at last June’s Glastonbury Festival, her name already up in lights behind her. June will see the release of her much-anticipated self-titled debut album, and following a busy pre-album launch tour comprised of a massive 18 dates across the U.S. and Canada, followed by a further 10 across Europe and the...

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Live: Sting @ Hammersmith Apollo

Sting is a man who needs no introduction. Or maybe he does in a world where his solo tour has been hitting up medium-sized venues rather than the arenas and stadiums of years past. He is probably known to most as former The Police frontman, the 1970’s new wavers who exploded globally with their three-piece rock offerings before bowing out in a blaze of glory following hit 1983 album Sychronicity (obligatory noughties reunion tour not withstanding). But Sting was always more than just a rock singer and bassist, having a foundation in both Spanish guitar and jazz, so it’s...

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Live: Melanie C @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

There are pop stars and then there are The Spice Girls – probably one of the most successful female pop groups of them all – a group comprised of five very different personalities, something that made them stand out from the rest from the off when they broke onto the scene in 1996. And, while probably not the biggest tabloid star of the five, one of the stand-out voices of the group was always, always Melanie Chisholm AKA Sporty Spice or Melanie C, to differentiate between the two Melanies in the group. Proceeding the Spice Girls effective disbanding in 2000, Mel...

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Festival: Glastonbury 2017 Blew The Roof Off Festival Season!

Every year the world’s music festivals announce their line-ups, generally in dribs and drabs, each competing with one another for the slickest offerings – be they pop, rock, dance, legends or any other kind of make-up. But there is one festival that always, always blows the rest out of the water, seemingly without even trying. So when this morning’s first “full” line-up for this year’s Glastonbury Festival was announced, after months of speculation and incorrect guesswork, it took our expectations … and raised them to a whole new level, well and truly blowing the roof off 2017’s festival season!...

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Festival: Star Shaped Festival – Britpop’s Finest Return

Great news Britpop fans! Following last year’s sold out inaugural Star Shaped Festival, held at North London’s Garage venue and boasting a fab line-up of The Bluetones, Republica’s Saffron, The Seahorses’ frontman Chris Helme and Shed Seven amongst others, a bigger, badder and touring line-up has been announced for this year’s multi-date festival! While the Mark Morriss-led Bluetones make a Slight Return for this year’s events to help you nineties kids Cut Some Rug, they are joined by the likes of Space, Dodgy, My Life Story and the Marijne van der Vlugt-fronted  Salad for some serious sets from one of...

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Live: Bush @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

You’d be forgiven for thinking 1990’s rock outfit Bush were an American band, given both their sound and enduring success across the pond. Their 1994 debut studio record Sixteen Stone was certified 6x Platinum in the U.S., it’s follow-up peaked at #1 in the U.S. album charts and many of their singles hit #1 on the U.S. Alt. Rock charts for a decade. But Bush are, in fact, a British band. So much so that they’re named after the area in which tonight’s gig takes place – Shepherd’s Bush! The original line-up of frontman Gavin Rossdale, drummer Robin Goodridge,...

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Rock Show: Weezer Bring Summer To Europe

American rockers Weezer have announced new single Feels Like Summer, not taken from last year’s self-titled ‘White’ album. along with a run of 10 European shows, including five in the UK! About to hit up this weekend’s SXSW in Austin, Texas with two shows, the Californian four-piece then head out on an extensive 30+ date tour of the U.S. including stops at Sunfest in Florida, Boston Calling and Firefly Festival in Deleware, alongside Muse and Thirty Seconds To Mars. They’re even rumoured to be lining up a secret set at this year’s Reading Festival, which would slot in nicely between their...

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Vision: Imagine Dragons, Believer

Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons are back with a brand new single, and if it’s any sort of guide to what to expect from album #3 … it’s time to get excited! The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning four-piece release Believer on KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records on March 17th about which frontman Dan Reynolds says “This last year has really been the most centred and positive of my life.  This song explains my realization that the emotional pain I faced the last few years actually helped me progress to this healthier mental space – that adversity truly is what helps you...

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Rock Show: Ward Thomas To Open C2C + Full Tour

Following the release of their sophomore album Cartwheels last year and heavy touring, including a rousing Glastonbury Festival set, 22 year old twins Catherine and Lizzy of Ward Thomas are set to have another incredible year. They’ve just been announced as the official opening act for the prestigious C2C Festival at London’s The O2 on March 10th, go on to kick off a 22-date UK tour on April 28th and have a summer of key festival dates. Ward Thomas will also be making their first visit to Australia in March to play the prestigious CMC Rocks festival alongside huge-hitter Dixie Chicks and Little Big Town among others. Already, they’ve sold an incredible 16,000 tickets...

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Rock Show: Phoenix Hit Ally Pally

French electro-rock outfit Phoenix are officially back! While a follow up to 2013’a Bankrupt!, the group’s fifth studio album, is still to be announced, a number of US and European festival dates have been announced, including The Governor’s Ball in New York, NOS Alive in Portugal and Bilbao’s fabulous BBK Live. Today marks the groups first headline show announcement in since winding up their Bankrupt! tour and, of course, it has to be at London’s famous former BBC television broadcast centre at Alexandra Palace. The French four-piece will bring new music, and we all hope some of our old favourites, to the North...

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Vision: Youngr, Out Of My System

Youngr (Dario Darnell) is the son of August Darnell (Kid Creole & The Coconuts) and is a LIPA trained music graduate (drums, keys, vocal production) who initially began to make a name for himself online with his unique one-take live videos, featuring his dance-floor friendly boot-legs of artists such as Daft Punk & Craig David during which Youngr plays drums, keys, percussion & guitar amongst an impressive studio set up on stage. Since signing to Island Youngr has been touring internationally visiting Ibiza, America, Guatemala, Chile & India and is set to out Europe and The USA – March...

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Vision: Highly Suspect, My Name Is Human

Cape Cod, Massachusetts-based rock outfit Highly Suspect have released the official video for their Grammy nominated hit, My Name Is Human. The video was directed by Marc Klasfeld, who has previously worked with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters & Jay-Z, and stars lead singer Johnny Stevens alongside actress Chloe Bridges from hit US show Pretty Little Liars . The killer tune, taken from last year’s sophomore LP The Boy Who Died Wolf, has sat at #1 at rock radio in the US for a number of months and was nominated at this year’s Grammys in the Best Rock Song category...

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Festival: Glastonbury 2017 – Times Like These

American rockers Foo Fighters have just gone and (finally) announced their upcoming headline slot for Glastonbury 2017! Originally billed to headline the 2015 festival’s Friday night, the five-piece were forced to pull out following frontman Dave Grohl’s unfortunate accident at Sweden’s Ullevi festival in Gothenburg, where the nicest man in rock fell off stage during the band’s second song, breaking his right leg, only to return to the stage with the leg in plaster to complete his set. Florence + The Machine were subsequently bumped to Glastonbury headliners and the rest is history. We always knew the Best Of...

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Vision: The Lumineers, Angela

Denver, Colorado-based American folk stars The Lumineers today released UK single Angela which has already been streamed over 25 Million times on Spotify and is one of the band’s strongest pieces of songwriting to date. The track is featured on the group’s seminal sophomore studio album Cleopatra, which was produced by Simone Felice. The album peaked at No. 1 on both the US Billboard 200 and UK album chart when released last year and has won praise from fans and critics alike. Angela is a subtle and restrained classic folk-rock song, which could have come straight out of Laurel Canyon in the late 60s-70s. It...

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Vision: Chris Shiflett, West Coast Town

Foo Fighters‘ lead guitarist Chris Shiflett is back with his first solo material since his Dead Peasants‘ sophomore album release All Hat And No Cattle in 2013. Following the release of his first two Country-oriented albums, West Coast Town sees the 45-year-old Californian back in the saddle, losing the Dead Peasants moniker. West Coast Town is the title track and first single off Shiflett’s forthcoming country album to be released 14th April on SideOneDummy Records. Directed by Brian Durkin, the video features several famous Santa Barbara, California haunts including Jedlicka’s Saddlery, Jensen’s Guitar & Music Co. and Leadbetter Beach. Providing a...

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Photography: Green Day Live

Californian rockers Green Day returned to the UK for their first shows since 2013, rounding out this first leg with an mammoth, incendiary 30-song set at London’s O2 Arena. Here is some of the great photography from the night. The rock trio, supported by an extended band, opened the night with 21st Century Breakdown lead single Know Your Enemy. A fan was pretty much immediately pulled up on stage to sing with the frontman before reluctantly stage-diving into the crowd. Armstrong motioning to the fan to take her running leap of faith. Bassist Mike Dirnt shared front of stage with frontman Billie...

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Rock Show: Nashville In Concert – TV stars hit the stage

The stars from award-winning US Country music-themed television show Nashville are heading back over to the UK for a series of shows this summer following hugely successful and well-received events last year. Featuring Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and Britain’s own Sam Palladio, Nashville In Concert will see the cast perform songs from the series as well as original material. Playing fictional Country music singers, writers and performers on screen, these five, alongside the show’s extended cast, are all talented musical performers in their own right, recording all of the songs heard on the show themselves...

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Live: Green Day @ The O2 Arena

With the recent controversial U.S. presidential appointment seemingly the only thing I’m forced to read about these days on the news, it seems that rockers Green Day have ample inspiration for new material coming hard and fast. With the announcement in September 2016 that the band would be playing at London’s O2 Arena for the first time since 2009 in support of 12th studio album Revolution Radio, British fans were abuzz with excitement. Being a hardcore fan of the band since I was 14, I knew that this was certainly going to be a show to remember. They hadn’t been in...

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Live: Train @ Islington Assembly Hall

American pop rock outfit Train have hits that will, no doubt, bounce off your subconscious and reverberate whether you want them to or not! For this is the band that were a mainstay of the Billboard charts and alt. rock radio waves of 1999 with hit single Meet Virginia, who bettered that effort just two years later with Drops Of Jupiter and continued their whimsical journey of chart staying power in 2009 with Hey, Soul Sister. This month, the Patrick Monahan-led six-piece is back with eighth studio album A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat (if you discount a Christmas...

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Rock Show: John Mayer – See Me Three Times!

John Mayer is back! After four years, following 2012’s American-roots influenced Born And Raised and it’s 2013 follow-up Paradise Valley, the famously outspoken singer, songwriter, guitarist and sometimes bluesman returns with his new album The Search For Everything. The record will be released in waves, the first of which featured four songs and was released in January. And in support of the new record, Mayer is back out doing what he does best, playing live shows, but with a twist. Back in 2007, Mayer played a one-off show at L.A.’s Nokia Theatre following the release of his critically-acclaimed, double platinum...

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Vision: White Lies – Hold Back Your Love

Ealing-based rockers White Lies continue their electro-fuelled dance with the heartfelt Hold Back Your Love, with the new video directed by David Pablos (the critically acclaimed ‘The Chosen Ones’). This soul searching track is filled with an arpeggiated bassline, dancing beats, landscape dream-like synths and a big crowd pleasing chorus where lead singer Harry McVeigh lays bare his true emotions as he sings “Hold back your love, you know that I’ve had my doubts”. Says White Lies’ Charles Cave on Hold Back Your Love; “It’s hard for me to talk about Hold Back Your Love in a measured way. We all absolutely...

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Festival: Bilbao BBK Live 2017. The Killers, Depeche Mode, Phoenix and Two Door Cinema Club to headline

It’s that time again! That time when the excitement starts to build up for next summer even before Christmas is upon us and the year is out. BBK Live have confirmed another stellar initial line-up for 2017’s 12th edition. The Basque festival, set in the Kobetamendi hills above the city of Bilbao enjoyed an awesome line-up in 2016 including the likes of Arcade Fire, Pixies, Foals and Tame Impala. 2017 is set to raise the game again with Las Vegas rockers The Killers and South African rap-rave outfit Die Antwoord added to a line-up already featuring 1980’s English electronic...

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Live: Biffy Clyro @ The O2 Arena

Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro are back, and bigger than ever, with the release of seventh studio album Ellipsis. And to support the record, frontman Simon Neil along with his rhythm section of twin brothers James and Ben Johnson on bass and drums respectively, hit up some of the biggest venues across the country, ending up with a stop at East London’s tent-venue – The O2 Arena.   The rock trio suffered from a split of their fan base following their mainstream success with Only Revolutions in 2009, seemingly sounding too light and commercial to some when compared to their...

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Live: Paul Dempsey @ Bush Hall

It’s been some six years since Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Paul Dempsey last graced UK shores, with a stop at the 200 capacity Water Rats venue in North London’s Kings Cross in support of the Something For Kate frontman’s first solo outing. In support of this year’s sophomore effort Strange Loop, he opted for the slightly larger Bush Hall in West London’s Shepherd’s Bush for his sole European appearance. Appearing on a bare stage adorned with just a microphone and a huge red velvet backdrop, the towering 6’5” Melburnian, dressed simply in a blue shirt and jeans, stepped...

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Vision: Lucy Rose – Shiver Video from Live At Urchin Studios.

Ahead of the release of her new album, Live At Urchin Studios which is out on 9th December 2016, Warwickshire folkster Lucy Rose has unveiled a video of the live recording of Shiver. Recorded in just one hour at London’s Urchin Studios in front of an audience of competition winners, the forthcoming live album features tracks from Lucy Rose’s debut release Like I Used To as well as last year’s follow up, the Top Ten charting album Work It Out. Taken from Like I Used To, Shiver has proved a firm favourite amongst Lucy’s fans and has amassed over 17 million streams on Spotify alone since its...

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Live: KT Tunstall @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

“Good evening London” KT Tunstall screamed. “It’s so lovely to be here, what a strange, strange day” she said. “But we couldn’t be in a better place than one of the best venues in the world!” Scottish singer, songwriter and musician KT Tunstall has been on some journey in the 12 years since the release of her hit debut record Eye to the Telescope, which spawned a series of well-received singles and earned the then 28-year-old a Mercury Music Prize nomination. Fast forward to 2016 and the release of her fifth studio album KIN sees the now 41-year-old upbeat...

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Live: Kacey Musgraves @ Royal Albert Hall

Rising star Kacey Musgraves played the first sold-out show by a Country music act at London’s historic Royal Albert Hall venue in 12 years. That’s some feat for 27-year-old Musgraves who was playing to some 350 fans under two years ago at West London’s Bush Hall. And tonight, that very concert airs in full on BBC4 at 11pm. And so in anticipation, here is RockShot Magazine’s full review with exclusive photos from that show. “I think that this is the fanciest place I’ve ever been in, how did they let me in?” the 27-year-old said, looking around the packed...

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Live: Goo Goo Dolls @ Hammersmith Apollo

Hailing from Buffalo, New York, veteran American rockers Goo Goo Dolls returned to the UK for a run of shows, kicking off in Norwich last week and concluding at West London’s Hammersmith Apollo, in support of the group’s eleventh studio album Boxes, released in May. Formed in 1986 by continuing members Johnny Rzeznik on guitars and vocals and Robby Takac on bass and vocals, the group’s first two records featured Takac exclusively on lead vocals, bar a couple of songs on sophomore album Jed. But it was Rzeznik’s slow shift to frontman that coincided with the group’s rise in...

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Live: The Pretty Reckless @ Scala

Taylor Momsen-led American rock four-piece The Pretty Reckless returned to London for the first time since playing their biggest UK headline show at the 5,000-capacity Brixton Academy in November 2014, this time playing a tiny pre-album launch show for third studio record Who You Selling For, due out on 21st October, to a crowd of just 1,000 at North London’s fabulous Scala venue. While The Pretty Reckless may seem to some as The Taylor Momsen show, drummer Jamie Perkins, guitarist Ben Phillips and bass player Mark Damon were themselves the New York band Famous, formed in 2006, before being...

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Rock Show: Green Day finally hit Hyde Park!

Californian rockers Green Day are finally having their day in the sun at London’s Hyde Park as they become the first act announced to headline the 2017 British Summer Time festival held in the park. The concert series, which kicked off in 2013, has seen the likes of Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Neil Young and The Who headline the Great Oak Stage in London’s famous Hyde Park while this year we saw Carole King bring her Tapestry album to life on the stage while Stevie Wonder, Florence + The Machine and Mumford & Sons also headlined. Green...

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Live: Blossoms @ The Forum, London

Stockport rockers Blossoms’ story is one that truly endears them to their audience and the music industry alike. They’re young, fresh and full of energy, but with an understanding of the struggle it takes to succeed in the music business, each member having tried and failed in past musical endeavours while working other jobs to make ends meet. In a stark contrast to the plethora of manufactured bands that come and go with the seasons, it’s Blossoms’ songs that have got them where they are. As it should be. The Tom Ogden-led indie rockers played their biggest London headline...

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Rock Show: Paul Dempsey – Rare Solo Show from SFK Frontman

Something For Kate front man Paul Dempsey is slotting in a rare solo UK appearance at West London’s Bush Hall in support of his third solo album Strange Loop. The Melbourne, Australia-native has had huge success with rock trio Something For Kate since 1997’s Elsewhere for 8 Minutes hit the shelves, with 2001 hit record Echolalia certified Platinum. 2009 saw Dempsey flex his solo muscles with debut solo album Everything Is True, which peaked at number 5 on the Australian album charts and saw Dempsey pick up from his native Australia and transplant himself in New York for a period of...

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In Photos: Communion Turns 10!

Independent record label, live music promoter and publisher Communion is 10 years old! Growing from a monthly live music night at Notting Hill’s famous basement Arts Club venue, the artists and fans-based supportive community nature of Communion expanded from that monthly music night to what it is today. Boasting a roster of artists, recorded output and live shows that seems to have developed into a who’s who of genre-bending, mould-breaking and spirit-lifting acts, it’s hard to believe that Communion is only 10 years old. Founded in 2006 by musicians Kevin Jones, who went on to form Bear’s Den a few...

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Rock Show: Pixies Can’t Play Enough UK Shows!

Boston rockers Pixies can’t seem to play enough UK shows it seems, and their love of the Brixton Academy keeps them coming back for more. Following selling out six UK shows last month, including not one but two headline dates at London’s Brixton Academy, which they also sold out in July, the Black Francis-fronted quartet have announced a further three UK dates including an arena show in Cardiff and a stop at Birmingham’s Academy venue following yet another show at Brixton, making their tally at the venue four nights in 2016 alone! Pixies’ UK winter tour is in support of their...

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Live: Bilbao BBK Live 2016 – Festival Season’s Hidden Gem

For music lovers the world over, festival season is often the best opportunity to catch those elusive acts it is impossible to snap up headline show tickets to while catching the up and comers on their rise. But where some of the world’s big festivals can often leave you missing the acts you had your heart set on, there are those medium-sized affairs that are big enough to attract the heavy hitters but small enough to ensure you can leg it from stage to stage via the beer stand and catch all of the action. And amongst those BBK...

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Live: Band Of Horses @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Seattle-based rockers Band Of Horses released fifth studio album Why Are You OK last month, and following a triumphant John Peel stage performance at this year’s recent Glastonbury Festival, they were back in the UK for a trio of shows, including two stops at London’s newly re-opened Shepherd’s Bush Empire venue. With the record coming from a slightly different place than the previous four, frontman Ben Bridwell having recently become a father for the fourth time and producer extraordinaire Rick Rubin giving it a glance, we have a lot to look forward to. With their American Trucker look of...

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Live: Glastonbury 2016 – Mud, Brexit and All-English Headliners

Described by festival founder Michael Eavis as the muddiest ever Glastonbury, revellers can at least be thankful that the rain was largely kept at bay during the four festival days, although a torrential spell during Friday, a good downpour over that night, and some drizzle here and there over the remaining days ensured Worthy Farm’s famous mud was kept topped up. Hell, this year’s edition is probably just as memorable and mentioned for its sludge-like mud as for any of the bands, the resulting substance described by one as a kind of chocolate mousse. Attendees can also be thankful for...

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