While Glastonbury’s opening night boasted tonnes of amazing acts like Muse, Foals, Disclosure and Sigur Rós, Saturday night came through with some amazing performances to top them all. Adele rocked the main Pyramid Stage, and English electronic music producer James Blake held a much more intimate performance, showcasing old favourites alongside the new songs from his latest project The Colour In Anything.
To add flavour to his already-powerful set, Blake enlisted the help of a couple friends, starting with Long Beach rapper Vince Staples. Known for his aggressive delivery paired with masterful story telling, Vince jumped on one of the album’s highlights, the wavy instrumental track Timeless. Adding his conscious rhymes into the mix, this gave a completely new perspective to the once voiceless track. While the two have never formally collaborated before, this is a taste of what is to come, with Vince recently revealing to FADER that James Blake has production credits on his upcoming EP Prima Donna.
As if it couldn’t get any better, Blake gave life to one of the recent album’s features, bringing Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon also joined his onstage to perform their breathtaking track I Need A Forest Fire. Displaying his brilliantly clean and shivering falsetto voice over Blake’s booming production, this was undoubtedly one of the highlights of Glastonbury’s surprise collaborations.
If you happen to live in the UK or have a VPN, you can watch Blake’s full set here, and for the rest of us, you can check out some of the many highlights below, and get yourselves ready for Blake’s Splendour in the Grass performance, alongside his headline tour next month:
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James Blake Tour Dates (also appearing at Splendour in the Grass)
Tue 26 Jul – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Wed 27 Jul – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
Thu 28 Jul – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Sat 30 Jul – HBF Stadium, Perth
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