Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Reformed quartet touch down for a rip-roaring return

Blue skies, melting Tarmac and sunburn – can this really be Glasgowbury?

The final edition of the festival in the Sperrins was bathed in sunshine and, for the first time, the Friday night was for bands, not just boozing and camping. A link-up with the UK City Of Culture team in Londonderry meant the evening was chock full of acts from the city and county. Though it has always focused primarily on guitar bands, Glasgowbury does occasionally dip its toe into electronic waters, though the hushed vocals and mellow beats of Ryan Vail were somewhat marred out by the pumping house music coming from the large Red Bull stage nearby.

At least headliners And So I Watch You From Afar and The Japanese Popstars had no such problems on the main stage.

Silhouette's tourist board anthem, Can't Keep Up, provided an early evening highlight, as did VerseChorusVerse – the Portstewart Springsteen Tony Wright with a pedigree backing band made up of three-quarters of LaFaro plus Stuart Bell of General Fiasco fame.

But the winners on day one were also the comeback kings, Jetplane Landing. The Derry quartet are back after a four-year hiatus and you could see the joy on Andrew Ferris's face.

Instant classics like My Radio Heart rubbed up against Brave Gravity and I Opt Out for 45 minutes of punk energy.

It was good to have them back. Here's to day two.

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