It’s true, I am a slack music blogger. Every year I get all excited about an event, promise much, deliver little and gradually taper out completely until I finally escape to the event shamefaced. Anyway, it’s now just two sleeps til Glastonbury and there are still shedloads of tips to share, so I’d better get busy (ish).
So, dance. If you are of a dance persuasion, you’ve always been spoiled for choice at Glastonbury. Though actually, that’s not strictly true – before Orbital’s legendary set in 1994, dance wasn’t firmly on Glastonbury’s official radar (to be fair, it was still early days for the mainstream). However just a year later the festival launched a Dance Tent, which turned into an entire Dance Village in 1997 (rebranded as Silver Hayes last year).
Now, you’re spoiled for choice – if you can handle the crush of the main stages, Silver Hayes’ multiple sites cover everything from reggae and dub to house, techno and everything else besides (although dubstep seemed to be the overwhelming flavour every time I walked through last year). This year, the new Despacio tent is a shining beacon of goodness, and the Pussy Parlure is always reliable (and under cover).
Then there’s a stack of good times at the Beat Hotel, amazing line-ups and secret gigs at the Stonebridge Bar in The Park, eclectic delights at the HMS Sweet Charity and Bimble Inn, the madness of Shangri-La, and of course the new daddy of dance, Block 9, home to my favourite festival “homo hangout” NYC Downlow, as well as Genosys which also sports a tidy lineup this year.
My weekend picks?
David Morales’ tribute to Frankie Knuckles, NYC Downlow, Thu
A chance to farewell the Godfather with what’s set to be a roof-raising, tear-jerking set, not least when Robert Owens joins Mr Morales to sing Tears live. Wah
Mr Scruff, Arcadia, Fri
Lord only know how Mr Scruff’s blend of hip hop, funk, disco and delightfully weird musical oddities will go down alongside giant spiders and car-crushing machines in the insane arena of Arcadia, but presumably the man knows what he’s doing and is prepared for all-comers.
Bomba Estereo, Sonic, Sun
Can’t guarantee I’ll get to this as the Sonic stage terrifies me a bit, being as I am VERY OLD. But I’m picking these guys will be great.
Francois K, Genosys, Sun
Pardon My French DJs, Downlow Radio, Fri
Desperate Sound System with Jarvis Cocker & Steve Mackey, Optimo, John Wizards DJs, Ben Fat Trucker and more, Stonebridge Bar, Fri
Scream Team DJs (Primal Scream DJ set), Acid Lounge, Sat
Pete Fowler, Crows Nest, TBC