March can be summed up by three things: Glastonbury announcement, the 1975 and Catfish and the Bottlemen.
Firstly, there’s that little Glasto announcement which appeared out of nowhere containing (a small fraction of) those lucky enough to perform at Worthy Farm this year. They’ve covered all the bases this year, as usual, and have delivered yet another incredible line up. Whether Foals are your thing or you’re more fond of Madness, there’s something for everyone (even the Grime scene is well represented with Skepta and Stormzy). This years headlining trio feature Muse, Adele (THE actual Adele… Who’d have thought?) and, of course, Coldplay because where would Glastonbury be without Chris Martin and Co?
At the beginning of the month there was a Reading announcement. A Reading announcement which surfaced after Frank Carter leaked the announcement via Instagram prior to its official release. The final ‘co-headliners’ are the Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro and pop-punk’s finest Fall Out Boy. Whether or not two days of co-headlining is a good thing or not is still unknown, but I’m sure they’ll all be brilliant. They join Foals and Disclosure and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers as headliners of the annual event. They’re in good company with the likes of Haim, The Vaccines, The Wombats, Imagine Dragons and Chvrches gracing the current line up list among many more huge names and plenty more to be announced. I love this time of the announcement phase for Reading. This is where we start seeing all the smaller bands on the line-up list and there’s bound to be many to keep an eye out for on there.
Also, CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN. Having come back from seeing Wolf Alice at the Brighton Dome I had come back to find Catfish and the Bottlemen had done a lot of announcing. Their new album- “The Ride”- is out on the 27th May and I am beyond excited. I’m interested to see how their sound has progressed since The Balcony and also in hearing some of the songs they’ve recently been playing live recorded.
This month I’ve mostly listened to The 1975’s incredibly beautiful and well crafted second album, ‘I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It”. I do think the world needs all 75 minutes of it. It’s as though it’s been crafted for vinyl as it’s an album which I feel requires the dedication to listen to it all at once. It seems as though it’s meant to be enjoyed as a whole, as a piece of art as much as an album. I’m loving “Paris” and “Loving Someone” at the moment as they’re both so amazingly- and intellectually- written. I love the way Healy writes. It’s quite something.
In March I was lucky enough to see The 1975 again (which I reviewed here) and also the incredible Wolf Alice. Both of these bands, and also Catfish and the Bottlemen, are definite headliners of the future. They’re the next class of great British headliners, if they’re given another couple of years, and I look forward to seeing it.
The playlist this month also includes Years and Years (who I’ve recently gotten in to), Spring King (Rectifier is a tune), VANT (Fly-By Alien is another huge track) and Carl Barat and the Jackals. There’s also Eliza and the Bear who are fabulous. I saw them supporting Paramore back in 2013 and then again at Reading last year, so I was pleased to find out “that song from those adverts” was by them.