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Sussex, by the sea
Arts Writer — Guardian
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Gin and The Bee Gees, that's about the size of it

Glastonbury 2015 verdict: Florence + the Machine, Kanye West, the Who and more — There are many diverting sights to take in at Glastonbury: everything from Pussy Riot forcing a gun-toting man to wear a rainbow balaclava in the name of politically charged performance art, to the Dalai Lama addressing the stone circle on Sunday morning, traditionally a time when it is largely populated not by seekers of spiritual insight but by people who haven't been to bed since Thursday, struggling to uncross their eyeballs.

The Who/Paul Weller at Glastonbury 2015 review - sparky, belligerent and packed with hits — "What a night you've got," says Paul Weller gruffly, not, one suspects, a man who's ever been much given to spending his weekends trudging through mud with glitter on his face carrying a flag that says PAUL AND SPUD'S BARMY ARMY. "Not just us, but The Who as well."

Kanye West at Glastonbury 2015 review - out on his own — A weird sense of trepidation surrounds Kanye West's headlining set. On Friday afternoon, when the lead singer of Catfish and the Bottlemen tells the audience at the Other stage he hopes they enjoy Kanye, the sentiment is greeted with boos.

Florence + the Machine at Glastonbury 2015 review - infectious enthusiasm — Its difficult to think of another Glastonbury headliner who works so hard for the audience's approval as Florence Welch. Bumped up the bill as a result of Dave Grohl's broken leg, she doesn't so much seize the moment as wrestle it to the ground.

Musicians and writers choose their favourite book about music — Elvis as a young man, the size of Mick Jagger's genitalia, Kristin Hersh's miracle year, Berlioz in love ... As festivalgoers crowd the stages at Glastonbury, Brian Eno, Beck, Lavinia Greenlaw, James Wood and a host of other stars select their favourite books about rock, pop, jazz and classical

Why Kacey Musgraves' Pageant Material is the one abum you should hear this week - video — Has the weed-smoking, Nashville-baiting, critically adored country music rebel Kacey Musgraves gone soft on her second album? Not exactly: despite appearing to apologise to the country establishment, her small-town American life are still as barbed and witty as ever, says Alexis Petridis

Miguel: Wildheart review - a genuine one-off finds his signature style — Miguel Jontel Pimentel's third album features a song called What's Normal Anyway. Over a fragile guitar figure and spectral backing vocals, the 29-year-old singer-songwriter glumly suggests that his uniqueness and individuality prevents him from really fitting in: "too square to be a hood nigger ... too out of touch to be in style ...

Patti, ranters and ravers - what our writers are excited about at Glastonbury — There's a good reason why hearing Patti Smith revisit her classic 1975 debut Horses - as she has been doing on her recent tour - has felt so exhilarating. It's not her commanding voice, or the intuitive playing of her band, or even the simple hair-raising thrill of hearing Free Money and Gloria catch alight - although none of those things hurt.

Can't stand Kanye West? Glastonbury offers an abundance of alternatives — Thus far, the 33rd Glastonbury Festival Of Contemporary Performing Arts has had rather a turbulent time of it. There have been hasty, last-minute rearrangements. At the time of writing, a gap still exists on the Friday night main stage bill: the slot vacated by Florence and the Machine when they stepped in to replace headliners the Foo Fighters.

Why Sarah Cracknell's Red Kite is the one album you should hear this week - video — The first solo album in 18 years by the vocalist of beloved indie-dance pioneers Saint Etienne feels like far more than a side project, says Alexis Petridis. It's low-key and homespun, folky and baroque - but the songs transform Red Kite into something special
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Jul 01, 2015

@sleafordmods I heard you were at The Guardian. Sorry to have missed you - would have liked to say hello. Yr Glasto set was astonishing, btw

Jun 30, 2015

@adamrob @dubdobdee @carsmilesteve @nickyd @dorianlynskey BIRDLAND played at Field Day? I thought they'd split up.…

Jun 30, 2015

@dubdobdee @carsmilesteve @nickyd @dorianlynskey He played Lazy Like A Sunday Morning. This "Easy" thing - I've never heard of it.

Jun 30, 2015

@sleafordmods Wouldn't worry too much about the other Guardian review. It described The Pop Group - The Pop Group! - as "proto Duran Duran".

Jun 30, 2015

@craigmarks Hey Craig - huge apols for delay in getting back to you. Have DMed! Hope you're good

Jun 12, 2015

@pjf76 And in the disco at the hotel in Bournemouth we used to go to. Ghost Town, less so.

Jun 12, 2015

@marcellocarlin I wonder if James Last did a medley album, somewhere between Hooked On Classics and Stars On 45? I BET he did.

Jun 12, 2015

@ianskenny When I was a kid, I actually thought it *was* The Beatles, despite the fact that the singer is *audibly* Dutch.

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