Glastonbury Review: Los Bitchos

June 23, 2023

Los Bitchos are an all female four piece from London, and we’ve been told they play a style of modern Cumbia music, which a quick Google tells us is a fusion style from Colombia… so we arrive excited at the Park stage to try something new to us.

The four duly take the stage, backed by a session musician, and immediately cheer out to the crowd. The energy is instantly high, with guitars, keyboards, bass and drums all being used, and a groove is established. It soon becomes apparent this is mostly an instrumental act (with many a whoop out to the crowd), and the groove is the thing.

A sinuous, snaking sound that’s perfect for this hot summer afternoon, propelling you through: there’s nothing to do but dance on your spot, adjust speed to the tempo changes and drift off into a mental space of pure bliss.

The band look genuinely thrilled to be playing here, which is always a great thing to see, jigging away as they play, and the lead guitar player’s expressions are a joy. For one song they manage to get her instrument to sound like a steel drum, which is fantastic.

This is music you’d hear while travelling round the world, and it’s giving the Pilton fields a sense of being truly miles away from collapsing Britain. Transporting us in the best way.

The true spirit of Glastonbury isn’t a million selling headline act, it’s finding people from every culture melding their sounds together. The true spirit of Glastonbury is a band like Los Bitchos.

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