Reviewed by Imogen Cresswell
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Never did I ever expect to find myself reviewing an event of this calibre, but here I am, about to write a review filled with so many wonderful memories, I cannot wait to relive next year.
Glastonbudget returned to Turnpost farm once more for an epic weekend of live music and festival madness.
Upon arriving on Saturday, I prepared for a long day of discovering new bands and supporting those I have known for a while. As I fought through the hordes of people dressed as the queen and other incredible cosplays, I made it just in time to see Shine. The air filled with song covers, I decided it was worth venturing out and exploring the rest of the talent.
That was when I stumbled across the talented Theo Hill – a true treasure at only eight years old! You can find out about his Glastonbudget performance here in this interview and see one of his covers from his performance here.
I also took myself to the Loco stage to check out some original artists, in which at the time Slideyboard was playing.
Never had I seen someone playing a skateboard like a guitar before, so this was incredibly interesting, and I was not the only person to think this. It was the most bizarre performance I had seen during my time at Glastonbudget and I give a lot of credit to Slideyboard for his inventive approach to music.
I had an extreme curiosity with the Big Top stage, as its peaks loomed above the festival goers, therefore I headed over, just in time to catch Skam tearing the stage to shreds with their energy, along with a sea of supportive fans. The trio packed a punch in their performance, which we talk about it in this interview here.
Both bands showed what they were made of, and still managed to build an audience despite the change in the weather. Rain or shine, they still made an impact, and that is something I hope these aspiring musicians are proud of.
I stuck around the Icon stage, and to my delight I managed to chat to The Deniros before their set. All the way from London, this band travelled up to Leicestershire to share their rock and soul originals and covers.
This very attractive band were outstanding, and the kick in their performance was nothing short of powerful. I will continue to actively seek out upcoming gigs from The Deniros, as their performance and music are hugely unique and easy on the ears.
As the day grew to evening, I headed to the continuously busy Big Top stage to catch The Darkside – a Pink Floyd tribute act. The entire day the Big Top was packed, and there was no exception here. The entire marquee was packed with people hyped up with classic Pink Floyd tunes played by a hugely committed band.
But it did not stop there, as Whole Lotta DC were up next and cranked up the electricity as an AC/DC tribute band. It is at times like this that I am grateful we have so many professional tribute bands, as this classic music will never die and will always continue to be accessible to the next generation. That is how to make things timeless.
I was glad to head back over to the Icon stage not just to get some fresh air but to also see Beneath the Embers for the first time. I was excited to see a metal band in the line-up, as this really showed the inclusivity of Glastonbudget, offering opportunities to any musician that may apply to perform.
The final act I experienced for my first time at Glastonbudget was Jilted Generation – a Prodigy tribute band. I could not express how excited I was for this, and made sure I was directly at the front.
My heart went out to Keith Flint during this performance, and Jilted Generation echoed his name that night and would have made him proud. Once again I want to emphasise how important tribute bands are, to eternalise and pay respect to such massive figures in the music world.
All the acts I have described helped make Glastonbudget what it is – a home for all music: new, old, covers, tributes, originals, acoustic, plugged in, the list goes on. But the most outstanding thing about all of this is to see the diamonds that were made after the pressure of no live music and no Glastonbudget.
The commitment these artists have shows no boundaries, and I have endless respect for them and wish them all the best for future performances. Until then, I will see you next year!