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Chris Salmon trudges his way through the Glasto coverage, but is more impressed with Calvin Harris's camera manner

If you didn't get to Glastonbury - or did, but spent most of it pretending that wading through mud is fun - head to the BBC's website ( They're offering extended highlights of 40 acts, from rollicking headline performances by Björk, Arctic Monkeys and the Chemical Brothers, to sets from lesser-known standouts like Gogol Bordello, Bat for Lashes and Tinariwen. Peaches Geldof may wish to watch them, because judging by the utterly inane video diary Orange commissioned her to make (, she barely left the hospitality area. In the two episodes she managed (total running time, four minutes), she boasts repeatedly about her Winnebago, admits Pete Doherty finds her annoying and sneers at the "civilian" (presumably, as opposed to "celebrity") festival-goers. For an infinitely more worthwhile Glasto video diary, go to to see Dan Martin documenting the glorious madness of the Stone Circle, Green Fields and Lost Vagueness areas.

Electro-popster Calvin Harris is probably putting together a film of his Glastonbury experiences, as the Scot has become a prolific online video poster. And where the knowing irony of Harris's music can be grating, his podcasts, available from iTunes and, have shown him to be an uncommonly witty and entertaining host. In the first one, Harris offered a pin-sharp spoof of MTV's Cribs show, guiding us boastfully around his decidedly modest hotel room. Since then, we've seen him demonstrate how to avoid tour bus washing-up by pouring milk directly into a mini cereal pack ("the inner bag doesn't leak!"), dressing up in a vintage clothes shop and clowning around in an art gallery. What's more, Harris also posts his own goofy homemade videos to The one filmed at the Isle of Skye festival is hoot-out-loud funny. TV and radio work beckons when his moment in the pop spotlight passes.

Glastonbury wasn't the only big musical happening last weekend. On Friday night, the Jesus and Mary Chain managed to steal some of the festival's thunder (if not its precipitation) by playing their first UK show in almost a decade at the Royal Festival Hall. One fan ( has somehow managed to flout YouTube's "maximum 10 minutes" rule by uploading nearly half an hour of highlights of what sounds like a thrilling, hit-laden return by the reunited Reid brothers. The only pity is that said video poster felt the need to bellow along with several songs. Meanwhile, Sunday night saw Aerosmith close their Hyde Park show in some style by welcoming DMC (of Run DMC fame) for a rare rendition of their seminal Walk This Way collaboration. Head to to watch them show Sugababes and Girls Aloud how the track is really done.


Chris Salmon

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