Standing amongst a hot, sweaty, dancing mass of students, kids, couples and forty-somethings in Manchester Academy last night, it’s hard to believe that Mark Foster founded the Californian band just three years ago. He originally named the band Foster & the People, but people misheard it as “Foster The People”. Eventually, he took to the nurturing image it evoked of “taking care” of people, so the name stuck.
Their hit single “Pumped Up Kicks” finished 2011 as the sixth-best-selling digital song of the year, with 3.61 million copies sold. By the time the group took a break in December 2011 they had toured for 10 consecutive months to promote their album Torches.
Last night marked the first show of their European tour, which will take them on to London, Cologne, Berlin, Paris, Brussels and Warsaw.
At the young age of 20, Ed Sheeran has accomplished quite a bit. He’s been releasing music independently and touring since 2005. His big break came back in April, when BBC Radio 1 featured his single ‘The A Team’ as their record of the week. A signing to Atlantic Records followed, along with a full UK tour. When ‘The A Team’ was eventually released in June, it shot straight to No 3 in the singles chart and has remained there for over two months.
Which brings us to a hot, sweaty night in one of York’s most ‘unique’ venues, the bat-cave-inspired Duchess.
This was my second Glastonbury experience, my third ever music festival, and what a weekend it was. 4 days of mud, sunburn, cider, camping, rain, sunshine, wellies….not to mention some amazing music.