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Live Review: Blossoms live at Glastonbury 2017

  • By gregw
  • 23 Jun 2017
  • Event Date 23 Jun 2017
Blossoms take stock of the ascent from the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury 2017 - review

It’s an indicator as to the rising stock of slick Stockport five piece, Blossoms, that they are greeted by a rather large crowd at the Pyramid stage in the early afternoon grey of Worthy Farm. It is enough for singer – and rhythm guitarist – Tom Ogden to remark upon the fact at the midpoint through their concise, high energy set.

Emerging with a look that could well be culled direct from a 70s sitcom, the band launch into the propulsive grind of ‘At Most A Kiss’. It’s a statement of intent and an invigorating commencement to proceedings. ‘Getaway’ follows shortly thereafter and, whilst lyrically its contradictory sermon of self-doubt is present, it is dispatched with a confident insouciance that belies the content.

The band continue to ransack their debut album with gusto, but the inevitable issue that arises from only having one record to plunder means that there are some fillers taking the spot of some much needed killers. This will no doubt shift and change as they amass more songs. Tracks such as ‘Blown Rose’ seem perfectly suited to the expanse and spirit of Glastonbury. The song is bellowed by those familiar with its wistful words and aching melody.

Recent Chase & Status collaboration ‘This Moment’ is the perfect set-up for the closing Charlemagne. It’s a one-two punch of compelling corral: urging the audience en masses to celebrate as a single entity rather than a disparate set of individuals. Indeed, ‘Charlemagne’ is greeted with a flare going off. Ironically, much like the flare, with a puff of smoke, Blossoms exit stage left and are gone. Job done.