The Glastonbury come-down has been a tough one this year, with so many highlights from a wellies-free Worthy Farm. Among the memorable moments were a secret set from The Killers, Raye’s acoustic Glastonbury session for the BBC and highly praised sets from Katy Perry, Lorde, HAIM and Dizzee Rascal. Fiction’s Kate Tempest was the Independent’s highlight act.
Another headline-grabber was Bee Gees frontman Barry Gibb, who filled the now-legendary Sunday afternoon slot on the Pyramid stage.
Gibb’s name was trending on Twitter within the hour and he was even persuaded to wear a sparkly fancy-dress Bee Gees jacket handed to him from the crowd. Gibb had a surprise of his own for the audience, as the security staff and stewards at the front had prepared a dance routine for Stayin’ Alive.
If you didn’t get a chance to see him at Glastonbury, or just want more of the singer, UMC are working a new Bee Gees singles collection – Timeless - on the back of his set. Marketing manager Mark Wood says, “Since his amazing performance at Glastonbury, we've done a Spotify homepage takeover, which pointed to a comprehensive Bee Gees playlist. This in addition to the performance and all the amazing press coverage it's been getting has led to at least a 200% increase in streaming numbers." The album itself is poised to enter the Top 10 today.
Next week, UMC are focusing on their TV plot; Barry will be doing some promo, while the label rolls out ads across mainstream spots.
With Glastonbury over, U-Live are keeping us in festival mode with a weekend of jazz and soul at Love Supreme, which will be opened on Friday night with Island Records presenting their Vintage Remix night. The sold-out festival will have the likes of Gregory Porter, Corinne Bailey Rae and NAO making the line-up, with The Jacksons and George Benson headlining. The festival has quickly built a loyal and dedicated following as the first weekend-long jazz festival in the UK.
Love Supreme will be held in the stunning surroundings of Glynde Place in East Sussex, across four stages: The Main Stage will host headliners as well as more artists with a soul and funk lineage; The Big Top hosts the cream of international and UK jazz artists; The Arena, where younger artists push the limits of jazz, soul and funk; and The Bandstand has the best jazz in East Sussex and Brighton hosted by the Verdict Jazz Club.