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Glastonbury’s Ironic Sunday Afternoon Slot

Did anyone have the misfortune to catch this years ‘Ironic’ Sunday afternoon slot from Glasto? The spot was held by Neil Diamond. I’m not sure what was sadder, watching him and his sexless band clusterfucking their way through dismal run-throughs of his hits, his elderly backing singers flapping their gravity-defying bingo-wings about whilst wearing the Primark ‘sexy lady over 60’ collection or knowing that he genuinely thought they crowd was there to see a legendary performer, rather than being there to take the piss. It started a few years ago with Rolf Harris. At least the greatest living Australian got it. They also had Johnny Cash, but there was nothing ironic in his sensational performance. But Diamond and last year’s choice, Shirley Fucking Bassey, clearly didn’t get it. Let’s face it, they are not exactly renowned as being artists with a strong sense of self-awareness, are they? And the hammy, crap performances they put on were met with a derisory, irony-filled reception that did the artists and the audience no favours.

If you truly want to make that slot golden, book Leonard Cohen. Book Brian Wilson. Book Bob Dylan. But booking cabaret acts and telling them they are legends while you wink at your audience? It’s neither big nor clever.

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2 Responses

  1. Neil Diamond is to irony what the McCanns are to baby sitting.

  2. Same level of humility too.

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