Haim at Glastonbury Festival 2014 review

"The harmonies are in full force"

Photographer: Peter CorkhillChris Eustace on 27 June 2014

The Haim sisters (plus drummer Dash and Glastonbury virgin “Tommy Bongo”) are back at Worthy Farm and clearly mean business, with a slinky ‘Falling’ dispatched early and ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ featuring some wild none-more-Mac soloing.

A huge crowd at the Other Stage is testament to what a festival staple they’ve become in such a short time, a role only enhanced by the reliably sweary Este Haim (“How the fuck are we doing, Glastonbury?” “What the fuck guys, this is crazy!”), whose famous “bass face” gets an epic outing during a stompy blues-style jam, as she jumps down to the lower level of the stage.

They’re claiming responsibility for the let-up in the rain too – “We had a word with Mother Earth to see if we can take the California sunshine with us…she said ‘I can do that’.” The ominous clouds that arrive shortly afterwards suggest she may have gone back on that particular deal, but all the demands of the crowd to “shake your asses” before ‘My Song 5’, Haim are no mere court jesters.

There’s a serious moment when Este, who’s diabetic, recalls last year’s Pyramid Stage set where she feared she’d die as her blood sugar levels became dangerously low – “It could’ve been the best and last moment of my life….to celebrate the fact that I’m still alive, I’m going to sing a song!” Taking the reins from sister Danielle, their acclaimed Live Lounge cover of Beyonce’s ‘XO’ then makes a welcome festival debut.

It’s their own songs that really drive this set though, and they power home with a blistering ‘Don’t Save Me’, with harmonies in full force once again. A sprightly ‘Forever’ almost has enough in it to blow the clouds back by itself, and during ‘The Wire’ the regiment the Other Stage to do the all-important shouty bit in the chorus.

‘Let Me Go’ seals a hugely enjoyable set with a shuddering full-band floor tom assault, which presumably destroyed any drum circle within a seven mile radius. There’s time for one last “I fucking love you Glastonbury!” (from Este, of course) and then they’re gone, but hopefully not for long - Pilton’s next dose of California sunshine can’t come soon enough.

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