Glastonbury Review: Yard Act

June 30, 2024

Have I come to this stage just to see Yard Act perform The Trenchcoat Museum live?

Yes I have.

Did I think about packing a trenchcoat to wear?

Yes I did.

Have I?

No because I’m not certifiable.

If you’ve not heard of Yard Act, I appreciate that the song title above might not sound appealing, but you’d be wrong. Their set perfectly shows off their strengths: a sort of spoken word vocal embedded in common life concerns backed by angular post punk, driven by a genuine sinuous groove.

But they’re so much more. Where else would you get a young Jarvis Cocker almost rapping about “cunts” and the National Front backed by perky ‘woo wooing’ backing singers. It also takes a huge amount of confidence to be a barbed angular rock band singing “we make hits for broke millennial men.”

Part way through Yard Act decide to get into the IDLES vibe offering a toast to King Charles and following it up with “I’m just fucking with you.” We nearly had an incident. Fair though for diverting a speaking into the crowd part to go “you with all the flags the record company dished out.” Yep, that’s Yard Act, bluntly, cynically realistic to the point of a breakdown, but carried on by the music.

I almost surprised that they end with a positive call to arms to help Ukraine and Palestine at the end, speaking about good energy transcending the festival, showing that even sad cynics can still push for the lives of innocent people.

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