Fat White Family: Glastonbury 2014, Worthy Farm, Pilton – live review

Fat White Family – Glastonbury 2014

Worthy Farm, Pilton

Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th June 2014

Just for a change, during Glastonbury weekend Keith Goldhanger checked out his (current) favourite band, Fat White Family, somewhere that isn’t central London. 

We saw some great stuff on the John Peel stage again this year but one band that shone yet again were south London’s Fat White Family.

Five troublesome looking characters in a line across the front of the biggest stage we’ve seen them on and a shirtless drummer pounding out the same riffs at the same intensity as they were at the tiny Buffalo Bar in North London only a matter of weeks ago.

And it works even better on the large stage in front of a packed tent where at least one of us raises a large glass to everyone involved in making this happen. Some of us spend years going to these events and settling for second best and observing what the masses are currently jigging their torso’s to, but here for at least forty minutes we get this years favorite new band doing what we were so confident of experiencing only a few months ago playing early Fall, Birthday Party, plodding country tunes that sound so fucked up yet so together and so representative of how some of us are feeling on what is still only the penultimate day of the festival that we are giddy with excitement (again).

We’re at the mercy of the BBC keeping this up on their web site for a while but have a look – THE FAT WHITE FAMILY.

At Glastonbury.

On the John Peel Stage.

Continuing to roar on.


Fat White Family are on Facebook, Twitter and Bandcamp.

Words by Keith Goldhanger as was the photo. More writing by Keith on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive.

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Keith Goldhanger -- Spent the '90s as a frontman with London noise merchants HEADBUTT - spent the '80s in 'Peel favourites' BASTARD KESTREL. Spent a few years mashing up tunes and remixing bands as HIDEOUS WHEEL INVENTION. Is often out and about getting in the way of things and bumping his head on low ceilings - Will give your band the time of day but will dislike any band that balances full pints of alcohol on the top of guitar amps (Not keen on lead singers that wear hats either).


  1. Like you I have witnessed them in tiny venues and wondered if they could bring it together and sent it forth from a stage much bigger than than even the least small of those venues but they did – a full frontal sonic assault – unphased. The highlight was Lias facing off the indifference and letting his vocal chords rip towards the climax of ‘Is It Raining In Your Mouth’.


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