The Maccabees at Glastonbury 2009

The sheer size of the crowd that Orlando Weeks et al drew turned out to be a blessing and a curse

Who: The Maccabees

Where and when: The Other stage, Friday, 2.30pm

Dress code: It appears that tight-fitting blue check shirts with arms rolled all the way up to expose half a bicep are de rigueur this summer, if this lot are anything to go by. In other news, singer Orlando Weeks wears a beanie hat pulled into a point, making him look something like a gnome.

What happened: This young band attracted a huge crowd, stretching all the way back to the dance stage pathway, a traditional indicator of size – and most of them knew all the words to the album. Plus, the sun came out as one song reached its crescendo; that's always a good look. It was quite mainstream, not too many skinny jeans – and certainly no bicep-revealing shirt rolls.

High point: Precious Time, from debut album Colour It In, had an inauspicious start, with the band having to retake the intro. But from that point on the tune grew and grew, and succeeded in pulling the crowd along with it. The slow, punctuated chorus (typical of the band) helped turn the whole thing into a singalong, which obviously delighted Weeks.

Low point: It's difficult to keep a crowd this size engaged, but away from the highs of the set – mainly the singles – songs started to blur into each other.

In a tweet: Young band on the up bare biceps and pull a huge crowd. Not enough big songs to hold their attention ... yet.


Paul MacInnes

The GuardianTramp

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