Fontaine DC – Other Stages
I had a short childhood, but I’m about to grow up!” These were the words that were promised on Fontaine DC’s debut album. With a steady build-up over the years and then on their No. 1 album, this year’s Skinty Fia With a huge smattering of success after, the band has become just that. And on a hot Sunday afternoon in Glastonbury, a swarm of fans swarming around the second stage only serves to confirm it.
A true showman, frontman Grian Chetton — wearing his usual Pogues T-shirt — throws his arms overhead to call out a cheer. The Dublin-formed group has landed in a difficult time slot, clashing with Diana Ross in the Legends slot on the Pyramid. It is a testament to his fearsome reputation as a live performer that he has attracted such huge crowds.
Now three albums the deep, five-piece has been at the forefront of the recent rock revival. They have also vehemently opposed classification, instead defining themselves by Cheeton’s sharp, observational lyrics and their intense, driving instrumentation.
They throw out some numbers from their 2019 debut, Dogrell, as well as the Sonic Moodier, yet lyrically hopeful track of the follow-up A Hero’s Death. Normally an extremely quiet collective, they can’t help but smile as the mosh pits in front of them. At the signal of “Jackie Down the Line”, a sea of sticky objects collide and collide with each other. Fontaines won’t be dying to death any time soon.
McFly – Avalon
I know we live in an age of nostalgia, but I too (a former superfan) am amazed at how big the crowd is for McFly’s first Glastonbury set.
You have to give it to them. Nearly two decades after the sort-of-pop, sort-of-emo band hit the scene with their debut single “Five Colors in Her Hair,” a four-piece has packed the Avalon stage at Worthy Farm.
Amazingly, things begin with “Red”, giving the band a chance to flex their live guitar skills. More rock-heavy deep cuts come straight after: “Song for the Radio”, “Lies”. This is some of his best material, but you can tell that the audience is impatient for the hit. I think I may be the only person to sing within 10 meters.
At least the bands are self aware. “If you enjoyed it, we’re McFly. But if you didn’t enjoy it, we’re busted,” the crowd is told before a rendition of “Obviously”, which upsets everyone. . The trio of crowd pleasers followed: “All About You”, “Room on the Third Floor” and the band’s cover of “Don’t Stop Me Now”.
“Star Girl” received the biggest reception for its eternally teen song: “There’s nothing on earth that can save us / When I fell in love with Uranus.” Anything after 2008 is a little flattering.
In short: a perfect McFly set for me, especially. Others in the audience wanted more.