The king of all music festivals, Glastonbury, wrapped up their 2013 edition yesterday with Mumford & Sons taking the stage for the first time since bassist, Ted Dwane, was hospitalized for emergency brain surgery on June 10th. It was great to see Dwane in good health, especially for fans looking forward to seeing the boys headlining set at Lollapalooza on August 3rd. Mumford & Sons aren’t the only band performing at both fests. Here’s a look at 5 great Glastonbury performances that will get you really excited for Lollapalooza.
Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons’ headlining performance at Glastonbury was triumphant in every sense of the word. Glastonbury marks the first time that the band has performed since canceling several shows, including the Bonnaroo Music Festival, due to bassist, Ted Dwane’s, heath issues. The Glastonbury crowd were enthusiastic to say the least, singing and dancing along with Marcus Mumford and the boys as they performed songs off of their massively successful albums “Babel” and “Sigh No More”. The set ended with the Mum’s sharing the stage with Vampire Weekend, the Vaccines, and First Aid Kit for a rousing performance of “With A Little Help From My Friends”, Joe Cocker style. Who knows what surprises will be in store when Mumford & Sons take the South Stage at Lollapalooza.
British rockers, Palma Violets, are new comers to Glastonbury, but their honest and energetic set on the Park Stage, proved that they are worth the buzz. They are playing pretty early on Sunday at Lollapalooza, so festival goers who want to see the next big thing better set their alarm clocks.
Mumford & Sons’ American second cousins, The Lumineers, have had an amazing year, mostly due to the fact that they made an amazing album with their self-titled debut. The Glastonbury crowd was thick as The Lumineers played their infectious songs from the main stage. At one point singer Wesley Schultz made his way out into the masses, performing new material. It’s going to be pop/folk heaven when the Lumineers play the Lakeshore stage at Lollapalooza, as their set is perfectly timed to end as Mumford & Sons begin. Get ready for some goose bumps, Chicago.
These math rockers with an artistic edge are intelligent while remaining accessible. That’s probably why Alt-J are experiencing both popularity and critical acclaim. Like Palma Violets, they are on the verge of breaking through to the masses, so be sure to catch them at this year’s Lollapalooza before they blow up and only play amphitheaters.
On the wave of their latest album, “Modern Vampires of the City”, Ezra Koenig and Co. have been touring nonstop performing their collegiate and catchy tunes. Their festival performances have been some of their best as there is nothing like listening to great music in the open air. Don’t miss Vampire Weekend’s Sunday night performance at Lollapalooza, where they are warming up the stage for Phoenix. The next time you get the opportunity to see them, they will surely be headlining.