I was going to write the entire piece about Adele this week, and how she has just been confirmed as the last Glastonbury Headliner (she announced it whilst on stage at London’s O2). I had a whole monologue planned backing her for the slot. However, I’m going to cut it short and sum it up in one sentence: she's the biggest artist in the world, she deserves a chance to headline the biggest festival in the world.
I can now move on to something incredible that happened to me is week. A band by the name of Young Fathers.
I've seen a lot of shows in my life, and this year in particular I've seen a silly amount. I know Vancouver's grotty venues like a local. I'd got used to the mild head-nodding, the occasional woooo and the classic finger point as the peak of a Vancouverite's excitement. On occasion I've seen a mosh, but never anything to write home about.
This all changed on Saturday night. Spontaneously, I followed some friends to see a Scottish four-piece play: Young Fathers. They played without support and walked on in darkness. I waited in anticipation, not knowing what to expect. Then the beat kicked in.
It was music that made you feel something. Raw energy, like I cannot describe. With no prior knowledge of their music I was dancing like I was possessed.
To quote a good friend of mine: "They could have played to an old people's home and everyone would be on their feet."
It was breathtaking.
Check this session performance out; their energy is off the charts, even when there’s no crowd.
They are performers, and are the type of band you will remember seeing for the rest of your life. The whole crowd was blown away. And despite begging for an encore for 10 minutes, Young Fathers held true to their reputation and never returned. It took me over an hour to come down from that buzz; I’ve never experienced anything like it.
I don't know how I missed the boat with these guys, as they won the Mercury prize back in 2014, but believe me, I will be making up for lost time now.
That's all I'm going to say about them for now. Just listen to this band, and listen to it loud.
Back to Glastonbury the emotions that Young Fathers made me feel tonight are what Glasto is designed to induce. Their lineup is so vast, there is something to change everyone's life. Adele deserves her shot to headline, but that doesn't mean the whole of Worthy farm will be crying their eyes out this year.