Dizzee Rascal at Glastonbury 2013 review

Dizzee Rascal at Glastonbury Festival 2013 by Sara Bowrey
Dizzee Rascal at Glastonbury Festival 2013 by Sara Bowrey


Should we have a little bit of fun?” asks Dizzee Rascal before he introduces the Pyramid field to the addictive bottom end filth of ‘Bassline Junkie’

It’s hardly a necessary request, as most of the crowd are well up for the mischief to follow, but it’s an accurate description of this evening’s show, and Dizzee is clearly intent on pushing the party boat as far out as he can into the field and pulling everyone on board.

Propping up Arctic Monkey‘s anticipated Friday headline slot, it’s a wonder when Dizzee Rascal is going to be given his own. Judging by this evening’s riotous set, it’s not going to be long.

The trick in Dizzee‘s canon is in how effortless he makes this look. The salacious 18-30 vibe he emits from the stage is beautifully infectious, so much that during ‘Heavy’ and ‘Dance Wiv Me‘ everyone here becomes one delicious mass of grinding energy. Yet it’s not hard to sense that this is a commanding performance, and Dizzee and the MCs that flank his every move are supplying the tightest, professional show possible.

The proof is not in the filthy, grinding ‘Bonkers‘, or even new song ‘Ass Like That‘, which is dedicated, irreverently to “all the ladies who have fat ass.” The actual proof is in the way he handles the crowd before a mesmeric, maddening ‘Fix Up Look Sharp‘, playing each side of the field off against each other as he coaxes deafening roars from each section, before conducting the entire field in one almighty roar that may very well have been heard back in Dizzee‘s hometown of “London City.

And while there’s parts of this evening’s set that dip (most notably at the end of certain songs that frustratingly fade out, or suddenly stop like the end has been broken off), this could be the moment when Dizzee Rascal emerged from the shadow of a headliner, and struck a claim to his own future top slot. 

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