Glastonbury acts we would love to see in Birmingham
There’s no doubt that Glastonbury 2019 went OFF last weekend. The weather was perfect, the atmosphere was electric and the performances were on point – and it got us thinking…we wanna see LOADS of bands and artists from this year’s line-up here in Brum. Here’s our Top 10 – what you reckon?
We couldn’t decide on a 10 to 1 order, so after great deliberation, we’ve listed them alphabetically. Have a scroll and let us know whether your favourites from this year’s Glasto made the cut!
The teenage hit-maker fought off a few technical hitches at the start of her set but showed maturity during, not only to power through the on stage issues, but to continue to deliver a performance which NME described as a once-in-a-generation Glasto show. C’mon Billie, get yourself to Birmingham soon.
What a rollercoaster year it’s been for the 21-year-old Streatham rapper. From working with Drake to claiming the first pure rap UK No.1 single, Dave has quickly become one of the biggest names in the music industry - and now he can add “iconic Glastonbury moment” to his repertoire…actually make that “two iconic Glastonbury moments”. First, Stormzy brought Dave on stage during his headline set on the Pyramid Stage to perform Funky Friday on arguably one of the most historic Glastonbury headline shows. Secondly, he went on to smash his own set on the Sunday and in the spirit of bringing special guests onto the stage, he picked random guy Alex, out of the crowd who went on to go bar-to-bar with Dave on his single Thiago Silva. Watch the full video here.
Maybe one of the worst kept secrets at this year’s festival, but easily the biggest “YESSSS IT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENING” moment from the weekend when Yannis Philippakis and the boys from Foals confirmed that the ‘cats out of the bag’ on Twitter a few hours before their appearance on the Park Stage on Saturday night – and boy, did they deliver. They are currently touring their Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1 album around a few smaller venues and popped up at a bunch of festival line-ups over the summer, and I can safely say I’ve not seen one bad word said about the band. They are literally the perfect band. Fingers crossed they fancy stepping out at our place when they release the second half of Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost.
Front man, Joe Talbot, told fans during an emotional speech on The Park Stage that he’s ‘waiting his whole life for this moment’ and he and the rest of the Idles collective completely smashed their set. If you haven’t seen Idles live, then you really need to. It’s raucous, it’s lively, it’s moshy, it’s loud, it’s punky, it’s definitely a must see on a festival line-up’s regardless of any potential clashes. We know that if they took to the stage here at Arena Birmingham then they’d be playing to full house – they are just the ultimate live rock band.
Reppin’ the midlands, Jorja Smith, has worked with everyone including Kendrick Lamar, Stormzy, Kali Uchis and Drake, whilst continuing to build a solo career rather than just a collaborator. The Walsall-born singer oozes class and has stage presence by the bucket load – oh, and she also dons a range of vocals which sound exactly the same whether it’s live or a record. We’re expecting huge things from Jorja in the coming months, let’s hope one of them is an arena tour!
Obviously, we’ve had Kylie Minogue perform here in Birmingham over the last few years, but her live tours are always incredible! She always brings the production, the costumes, the performance and of course the voice…and her headline legends slot at Glastonbury was no different. Kylie was meant to perform way back in 2005, but unfortunately had to postpone due to undergoing cancer treatment which thankfully contributed to Kylie successfully battling the disease – you go girl! Back to full health, he has been itching to get on the Pyramid Stage and on Sunday afternoon, 14-years after originally planned, the Aussie superstar FINALLY got her Glastonbury gig! And she nailed it. Bringing out the likes of Coldplay’s Chris Martin and legend Nick Cave, Kylie delivered a Glasto performance which will be remembered for a very long time.
And the award for the most memorable Glastonbury entrance goes to…Lewis Capaldi. Obviously. Following a bit of stick from Noel Gallagher earlier in the week, the hilarious singer-songwriter took it in his stride and built the criticism into his arrival onto the Glasto stage! Before walking out, the clip of Noel’s abuse echoed around the Other Stage as Capaldi waltzed out dressed as the third-member of Oasis. Iconic. He then whipped off his parka to reveal a white t-shirt with Noel’s face in a heart shape printed on the front, giving Lewis the one-up in their beef. Hmm wonder how Noel will respond? Anyway, away from the entrance, Capaldi produced a pitch perfect performance to a fully packed crowd, giving us all of the feels in the process. Surely he’s gotta stop by our place soon?
The smooth-sounding rapper took the Other Stage by storm at Worthy Farm on Sunday. It was literally the perfect combination, Loyle Carner and the blazing sunshine heat. Even with his laid back, relaxed approach to performing, the hip-hop heavyweight controlled the Glastonbury crowd from the moment he picked up the mic. We know he’d do exactly the same if he took to the stage here in Birmingham too.
It’s been a while since Miley Cyrus brought a big show to Birmingham, and after watching her set at Glastonbury on Saturday night, we’re craving her return more than ever! We’ve seen a few different versions of Miley of the last few years and this time round, donning black leathers, boots and a white vest, it felt like the Wrecking Ball superstar edged towards a rocky vibe – and she nailed it! Her performance literally left us with our jaws on the floor, just in awe of the superstar she actually is. No doubt IF she comes back to Birmingham then we can expect some really big things.
Tame Impala treated us to 16 tracks in a set which for many, was the highlight at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. They’ve had a summer to remember so far, with their headline set at Coachella, a huge show in London and now a performance at one of the biggest festivals in the world – a performance which has almost everyone tipping them for a headline slot on the Pyramid Stage in the future. Before that happens though, maybe they can add a show here in Birmingham too? Come on lads.
So that’s our Top 10 Glastonbury acts we would love to see in Birmingham, disagree with our list? Tell us on Twitter, @ArenaBirmingham! Can’t help but feel like we’re missing someone…hmm…wait a minute, we have one more.
The rapper will forever go down in Glastonbury history following his performance on the Pyramid Stage on Friday night. He took the opportunity with both hands and delivered the perfect performance. He celebrated not only his own achievements, but the honoured the artists that have contributed and paved the way for his iconic headline slot.
Stormzy became the first British rapper (and only the third artist from his genre behind rap legends Jay Z and Kanye West) to headline the Glastonbury Festival - and with the pressure piled on, he produced a performance which many are describing as iconic. The magnitude of this achievement is so big for both the Grime scene and for British music and no doubt will be spoken about for years to come.
Close pal and previous Glasto headliner, Adele, had this to say on his set: "I have love in abundance for this strong, sweet and honest man. I’m so proud of him, Stormzy just monumentally headlined Glastonbury in his own right with one album!! The first Grime artist ever to do so, you respected everyone that opened the door for you whilst opening a huge one yourself. You and your team are all so good, hard working and beautiful and deserve everything that comes your way. Its been a joy to watch you unfold at lightning speed with absolute grace. It’s actually crazy what you’ve done in less than 3 years, well done darling."
Just imagine what a Stormzy arena tour would look like - WOW - just make it happen, Big Mike.