Looking past the Springsteens, the Blurs and the Youngs, with a bit of adventuring, Glastonbury 2009 had many up and coming talents on display that you might have missed. Just remember, you heard them here first.
Before the official bands had even started, a quick wander over to the Dirty Boots tent on Thursday paid off with a half hour set from The Sunbirds. There’s a nostalgic feel to this London based quartet, who cite the The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys as influences, and it really shows in their blend of breezy indie pop. A band made for summer festivals. Check them out @ http://www.myspace.com/sunbirdstunes
In the Guardian tent, Sheffield duo Slow Club delivered a wonderfully carefree outing admist a Friday downpour. The crowd may have started seated; perhaps in recovery from a wild Thursday night, but a superb set from forthcoming debut Yeah, So? saw everyone on their feet dancing by the end. Due to frustration concerning the tents capacity the duo of Charles and Rebecca even took the time to abandon the stage and head over to the entrance to play to the gathering crowd outside. Be charmed @ http://www.myspace.com/slowclub
If singer / songwriters are more your thing, then Lisa Mitchell enjoyed a relaxed Friday afternoon outing in the Dirty Boots tent. Whilst most will have recognised the track ‘Neopolitan Dreams’ from a certain well known washing machine detergent advert, it was a closing cover of Dire Strait’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ that impressed the most; delicately fragile and yet so heartbreakingly powerful. Look her up @ http://www.myspace.com/lisalisamitchell
From across the pond, Rhode Island trio The Low Anthem put in a well-received appearance on the Park Stage, early on a bright Saturday morning. Showcasing material from their recently released second album Oh My God, Charlie Darwin their mix of folk, country and blues is the perfect continuation of the Americana revival started by bands such Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses and Okkervil River. Give them a go @ http://www.last.fm/music/The+Low+Anthem