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a triumphant, highly effective victory lap


“That is my first time right here and, truthfully, it’s super-surreal, however I’m having the shittiest day,” Phoebe Bridgers confides within the John Peel Stage crowd after ‘Scott Avenue’ involves a quiet shut. Hours earlier than the Los Angeles singer-songwriter kicks off her debut Glastonbury set, the US Supreme Courtroom formally overturns the landmark abortion ruling Roe v Wade.

“Fuck the Supreme Courtroom,” she spits earlier than main the gang in shouting these actual phrases, shortly characterising the crew of justices as “irrelevant previous males”. Abortion rights is a topic that she’s spoken out about usually and that she makes use of this second to name consideration to it once more exhibits part of why – outdoors of her music – she’s turn out to be such an essential voice in trendy indie.

Bridgers may need been a cult indie determine earlier than the pandemic and the discharge of her second album ‘Punisher’ in 2020, nevertheless it was that document that catapulted her to the standing of one of many best-loved musicians within the different world, inspiring feverish help from her followers. This set to a packed John Peel tent seems like a victory lap for this period of her profession – an opportunity to – after many, many lockdowns – delight in its brilliance with those that despatched it stratospheric.

Phoebe Bridgers
Phoebe Bridgers CREDIT: Eva Pentel

As she performs, the display screen behind her is adorned by the animation of a pop-up image e book turning its pages with every tune. At occasions, it exhibits a spaceship hovering over a metropolis (‘Chinese language Satellite tv for pc’), at others the picturesque Griffith Observatory from the musician’s hometown (‘Moon Tune’). It provides a magical high quality to the manufacturing, elevating Bridgers’ heartfelt songs and highlighting the storytelling factor of them that so many individuals around the globe have related with.

Every tune within the set finds the response rising ever stronger and louder, from the rapturous response to ‘Kyoto’ to the deafening cheers that come after the driving ‘ICU’. The noise is so loud that, even with a microphone and a large PA, you possibly can’t make out a phrase she tries to say because it continues – one thing she shortly realises with awestruck laughter. When it lastly dies down, she exhibits off her extra comedic facet with a fast back-and-forth together with her drummer, earlier than dedicating current Dialog With Associates soundtrack contribution ‘Sidelines’ to her boyfriend and Regular Individuals actor Paul Mescal.

Bridgers takes a bow with slightly assist from her buddy Arlo Parks, bringing the British singer-songwriter on stage for a candy rendition of ‘Graceland Too’. “That is so cool, so surreal,” Bridgers says afterwards, however her smile shortly fades as she reminds the gang of the larger points occurring outdoors our idyllic Glastonbury bubble. “It’s positively not the darkest day in American historical past, nevertheless it’s up there,” she assesses. “When you’re feeling hopeless, there are some actually good abortion funds like Mariposa Fund.”

The image e book graphic that accompanies her closing tune – which, fittingly sufficient, known as ‘The Finish’ – sees a citadel goes up in flames. It seems like an correct illustration of our world at occasions – dystopian, bleak and seemingly unsalvageable – however Bridgers’ set serves as a much-needed expelling of anger and frustration, in addition to celebrating an impactful, very important star.

Phoebe Bridgers
Phoebe Bridgers CREDIT: Eva Pentel

Phoebe Bridgers performed: 

‘Movement Illness’
‘DVD Menu’
‘Backyard Tune’
‘Kyoto’
‘Punisher’
‘Scott Avenue’
‘Chinese language Satellite tv for pc’
‘Moon Tune’
‘ICU’
‘Sidelines’
‘Graceland Too’
‘I Know The Finish’



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