24 June 2011

Up The Irish At Glastonbury!

This weekend, one of the biggest festivals in the world will be taking place. Glastonbury has a rich history within the music industry and bands all over the world work hard to secure their space on one of its many stages.

Earlier in the week, festival go-ers started arriving, ready to be both soaked and sun burnt by the unpredictable weather. The event will include performers from all over the world, including an impressive selection of Irish bands.

The globally renowned U2 will finally be headlining the pyramid stage, after they had to pull out from last year's Glastonbury due to a back injury Bono suffered.

Morrissey will also be taking to the main stage before U2. No stranger to the festival scene, the former frontman of The Smiths is of Irish descent - a true example of the modern day Wild Geese.

Harmless Noise gives us an impressive overview of Irish music at glastonbury, and reflect on a distinct Irish flavour in each year's line up. Interestingly, the article says: 'U2 and Hothouse Flowers represent Irish music as it's formally recognised by the international community but the younger performers can engage that same audience and provide a more accurate portrayal of contemporary Irish culture'.

Irish performers at Glastonbury over the years have included Ash, The Boomtown Rats, Villagers, Fight Like Apes, Imelda May, Christy Moore, Sinead O'Connor and Van Morrison.

The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey have decided to take a closer look at the contemporary Irish music scene. Stay tuned.

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