After asking Siri ten times during the week whether or not it was going to rain, I realised no one really knew what the Glastonbury weather would be like for sure. However, one thing was always certain: there would be mud in abundance. But that did not matter as, according to my carefully selected Glastonbury schedule, I would be too busy enjoying the vast array of musical performances to give any mind to the weather.
As I was aware that there would be a few surprise acts headlining the mainstage, I thought I wouldn’t leave my enjoyment of the first day to chance and therefore opted to travel to the Rum Shack to secure a good spot to see one of my favourite poets, Kojey Radical. However, before Kojey graced the stage, I had the pleasure of watching Kate Tempest perform. Although I had heard her name, I had never heard any of her material. Safe to say I was blown away by her ability to captivate the crowd while she spoke in verse from the beginning to the end of her 20-minute set.
“Kojey’s energy and unapologetically South-London behaviour on stage was what made the set for me”
When Kojey graced the stage in his Adidas tracksuit, I could feel the presence and I was expecting to be blown away. I was not disappointed. In fact, Kojey exceeded my expectations with charisma, showmanship, aggression and banter in between performances. He built a very relaxed relationship with the crowd to the extent that he was sharing cider with the front row and had been able to get the whole crowd to perform a two-step to one of his more soulful songs. Kojey’s energy and unapologetically South-London behaviour on stage was what made the set for me, with him showing his appreciation for the crowd by yelling “Gang! Gang! Gang!” and “You lot are nang!” His band, though missing two instrumentalists, definitely held their own as they cleverly used click tracks to create an illusion of a much larger backing band. Kojey must also be praised for his ability to improvise, which was showcased many times in the show, for example, at one point he invited a beatboxer onto the stage to battle his drummer.
“As I entered William’s Green, I saw an energetic four-piece band led by a long-haired anarchist. They called themselves VANT…”
“Kano built a real connection with the crowd during his performance to the extent that without prompt the crowd began to chant his name between each song.”
“I particularly enjoyed their ability to play completely in sync, especially the way they ended ‘Elephant’ with a free tempo drum solo ending with the whole band singing the last word in unison”
“From the unbelievable lighting to the LED lights handed out to the audience; from the confetti to the paint, Coldplay put on a show and a half”